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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Christmas Edition by Robin Shope

The Christmas Edition by Robin Shope
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Holiday; Inspirational
Length: Full (236 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Lucy Collins has given up on Christmas since the painful break-up with her fiance. Things only get worse when a large newspaper is about to come to town and threatens the livelihood of their family run business, The Turtle Creek Newspaper. At the staff Christmas party, she makes a wish and what seems like the answer to her prayer walks in the front door to apply for the editor position, which they are hoping will bring new life to the paper. Not only is Joe McNamara a genius when it comes to the written word, but he is also gifted with ideas about keeping the newspaper afloat. However, Joe has a secret of his own that he is keeping from Lucy. If she finds it out, then what looks like a promising relationship will unravel, but it's Christmas time, the season of rebirth and miracles. Will the spirit of celebration be enough to heal two hearts? Or will the reality of deception make this the worst Christmas of all?

Lucy Collins is a jack-of-all-trades staffer for her family’s small town newspaper in rural Wisconsin. In walks a handsome stranger who seems to be answering her want ad for an editor, and Lucy’s emotions are quickly in a tailspin.

What drives this story and gives it vitality--nay, makes it hard to put down-- is the mystery of the male protagonist. From the start we suspect that he is not what he appears to be. He doesn’t add up to 100%, not nearly, and we sense something disturbing lurking beneath the surface. Along the way, the author gives us clues, tantalizing us with a secret that is fiendishly hard to decipher.

Although this book is badly edited, and the characters and their actions at times strain credibility, the suspense is expertly crafted, making it well worth the trip to denouement.