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Christmas with the Sheriff Paperback – November 7, 2016
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The story opens with an absolutely devastating loss for Julia. No, I won’t be going into more details on that part of the story. You need to experience it’s impact for yourself – for it sets the tone for the woman Julia has become, and the fears that she is facing daily.
Julia ran from Shadow Creek five years ago. She had never intended to return, but she knew that she had loved ones here that she needed to face once again. She could do this, she’d set aside three weeks of vacation to spend the holidays with her in-laws and friends Somehow she would get through this visit, it was time. She knew she was loved, she simply didn’t know how to face being home again.
Chase had been a good friend to her and her late husband. He’d been her rock in the days after. Now here he was with his warm welcoming hug as if no time at all had passed since they last saw each other. And Maggie, his sweet daughter. How that child both lifted and broke her heart with one adorable smile.
It was a solid fact which Chase kept well hidden that he’d loved this woman for years, probably close to when they first met. All through high school he knew he wasn’t good enough for her and had watched his best friend win her for himself. Now she was here, and he would do everything in his power to show her that she belonged back home with him and Maggie. The past was just that, but they could build a future – but she had to be willing because he’d never let a woman into their lives who would hurt his daughter again by leaving.
Julia has been wrapped in the past for the last five years. Being with Chase and Maggie is changing her, but it’s also increasing her fears. She cannot lose another person she loves again, and Chase is the Sheriff with a dangerous job. Her fears may well cost her the love of a lifetime.
I cannot begin to tell you how emotional Christmas With The Sheriff truly is. It will tear your heart out and eventually give it back to you whole. But you’ll have to go along on this journey of discovery for Julia and Chase. Julia’s fears are well founded. In order to love Chase and Maggie she needs to let go of them and trust in the love of this man and child for her happiness. It will not be easy. There will be obstacles, issues and situations that will send Julia running both emotionally and physically. She has to believe in herself before she can believe in anyone else again. It’s not impossible, but it hurts so badly.
I have read Victoria James for years now – and I firmly believe that this story is her best yet. I do not say that lightly. This is a Christmas gift you’ll want to give to yourself. I loved this story, the characters are true and believable, and so very realistic. You can easily imagine yourself in their place or see them as friends you already know. The secondary characters add just the right touches of humor, concern and issues to be dealt with another day. I’m so looking forward to reading their stories.
Immediately, your emotions are on high alert with the Prologue. You’re left just a little shattered as the images of the scene run through your mind. Fast forward five years, to present day and you find yourself wanting to reach into the book and hold Julia’s hand for support. After the death of her family, she had to get away from Shadow Creek. In the five years she’s been away, she’s managed to slightly heal from her loss and the secret her husband hid from her. She finds herself wondering if the people she held near and dear to her heart knew about the secret all along. Julia feels guilty because life went on without her in Shadow Creek, and she wasn’t there when her friends and loved ones needed her the most.
Chase Donovan hasn’t always had an easy life. His childhood is one he likes to keep close to the vest so to speak. But Chase is really one of the good guys. When Julia’s world was turned upside down, he was there to support her, even as he himself was reeling from the loss of his best friend. In the five years since Julia has been gone, things for Chase has changed as well. He’s now a single father to a seven-year-old little girl named Maggie. But something that hasn’t changed is his feelings for Julia, which goes back to the day she first arrived in Shadow Creek her sophomore year of high school.
Julia can’t help but be reminded of what she lost every time she looks at Maggie and does things with her. She’s sworn that she would never leave herself vulnerable to love and loss again. But ever so slowly, a man who has always been in her heart and a very insightful little girl are going to make her realize that Christmas is truly a time for forgiveness, family, love, and peace.
Victoria James has given readers a closed door romance which if you didn’t believe in the power of love will make you a believer. She has written a story with characters you wish were real and could be in your corner. She’s introduced you to secondary characters you can’t wait to get to know better. Be prepared with tissues at the ready, because Christmas with the Sheriff is going to take you on an emotional ride.
**Received a copy of the book courtesy of Entangled Publishing and voluntarily reviewed.**
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