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Dawn Smith lives life on the edge, seeking thrills, changing herself into someone else. That’s why a small town girl from Legend is superstar. But Dawn’s world is crumbling. She needs to get away from the bright lights and heartache, but it is Christmastime. There’s no way she can face her family this year.
Clint Roberts is Legend’s fun-loving bachelor, who still loves his high school sweetheart, now actress, Dawn Smith. When Dawn needs someone to turn to, Clint shows up on her doorstep in a snowstorm dressed as Santa. Will Dawn welcome his help or will their lovemaking bring more heartache? Can Clint convince her that it’s time to come home to stay?
TWO NOVELLAS: CHRISTMAS 1968 AND CHRISTMAS 1969: CHRISTMAS 1968: A GROOVY CHRISTMAS and CHRISTMAS 1969: NOT QUITE CHRISTMAS
Jan Scarbrough brings a unique and welcome twist to the romance genre in Santa’s Wish Fulfilled. Instead of dropping us off at the happily-ever-after (however satisfying that is for readers), she digs deeper, taking us behind the scenes to show what’s involved, at times, to make the romance work.
You may think this strips the romance out of the story, but quite the opposite is true. The journey to the ending is well worth taking and makes the ending that much more rewarding.
Roz Henry lost her marketing job and her boyfriend on the same day—okay within the same hour. Right before Christmas. She heads to the comfort of the home of her grandparents for the holidays to contemplate her future.
It’s in the little town of Dickens in New England she reconnects with her former boyfriend and now widower, Cooper Brown, who stills lives next to her grandparents. He acts aloof at first, and who can blame him? She dumped him for her dream of a career in the big city.
Did she make a mistake all those years ago? And will Cooper give her a second chance?
She loves Cooper, but will being his wife and simply working in a bookstore be fulfilling enough for her? Her parents are doctors who travel the world, and her grandfather is a retired doctor. She wonders if she should follow in her family’s footsteps and pursue a medical career.
Her internal struggle to find her place in a small town after experiencing the city and a career is fundamental to the second half of this remarkable book. While she decides to go to nursing school as a way to find what fulfills her, it’s her grandmother’s old diary that holds the key to her happiness.
I love this story—two stories, actually—because it shows that happily-ever-afters don’t always come easily but are worth working toward. The plot twist in the second half of the book is surprising, but in keeping with the character of Tress, Roz’s grandmother.
From the quaintness of Dickens, the quintessential Christmas town, to the down-to-earth characters who populate it, there’s a lot to love in this story. Scarbrough portrays Roz’s doubts about her place in the town in a realistic, yet sympathetic manner. I connected with her because at some point in a woman’s life, we question our purpose.
Scarbrough has written an alternative romance story that entertains and delights as well as gives you something to think about. By allowing us to peek behind the happily-ever-after, she’s brought a positive realism to the genre, while maintaining the warmth and fuzzy feeling we all love.
If you’re looking for a Christmas-in-July read, I highly recommend this book. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, turn up the air conditioner, snuggle under a blanket and be transported to the Christmas town of Dickens.