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A HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS (Heavenly Christmas series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The friendly people of Heaven, and its serene setting and mood, help calm her jitters, cope with the immediate exigencies, and soothe her spirit. They also contact her parents, who come to take care of the little girls while she remains overnight at the hospital for observation, and consults insurance and the local mechanic about her car.
One resident in particular, who is the first to her rescue, and feels guilty about the puppy he was trying to rescue when she swerved to avoid him, takes an interest in her welfare and her daughters' happiness. Jennie is drawn to Nick, but still mourning her lost husband and not ready to trust her emotione, nor does she dare risk hurting her daughters, who are already attached to Nick in a few short days.
This being a Christmas romance, there is one rather graphic love scene, but you can skip over it if this makes you uncomfortable.
The editing also suffers from what I have found common in e-books, with misused homonyms and misplaced, missing, or extraneous apostrophes, as though it were taken down in dictation by someone who is not fully competent in English, or more likely scanned and converted from a print copy using clumsy software. I don't know why this should be, since in this era I expect print books are first prepared digitally for press, but it seems to be all too common, and the final editing either omitted or careless. It is not as extensive and distracting as I have found in some books, but still disappointing.
Widow Jennie Braxton and her two kids were heading to her parent's home in Philadelphia for Christmas when she hit a tree a hundred yards from a gas station (blame the puppy that ran in front of her) in the small town of Heaven, PA. She was rescued by Nick Ryan, a local chef who was chasing the stray puppy. Nick felt responsible for her injuries and wanted to make sure she was all right. Nick was reasonably rich, operated the best restaurant in town, and did like being unattached, but he was intrigued by Jennie. Jennie enjoyed the attention by Nick but wasn't sure if he's just nice, or there is affection there. She's also not quite sure she's ready to move on after her husband's death. But as they get to know each other, they found there is something there. But can this relationship work if he can't leave his place? Or will Holiday magic work its miracle?
Basically, both need to consider the existential question... Each is comfortable where they are, but are they ready for more together? And it is that contemplation that leads to conflict, and resolution, and the fun is in the journey.