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Monday, January 11, 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is Big Blue Eyes by Claire Ashgrove

All I Want For Christmas Is Big Blue Eyes by Claire Ashgrove
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Christmas
Length: Full (345 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Some dreams were never meant to be...

Renowned architect Josh McDaniels spent ten years avoiding his hometown and the unforgettable memories of his youth. But when a former classmate phones him before Christmas with a proposal he can’t refuse, he finds himself back in the small town, surrounded by holiday festivities and engulfed in memories of a blue-eyed girl.

Amanda Masterson knows three things about Josh. She loves him, he loves her, and he’ll walk out when those feelings terrify him, as he always does. Ten years ago, he abandoned their dreams. Eight years ago, he returned to break her heart again. Now, he’s back once more, and this time he’s jeopardizing not only her heart but her daughter’s as well.

Can the spirit of Christmas overcome a past riddled with mistakes? Or will fears and doubts destroy the greatest gift of all?

Who knew when Josh McDaniels accepted a job in his childhood hometown, a town that held regret, dissolution and pain, that he’d find a Christmas miracle one that’s been eluding him for ten years? Who knew Amanda Masterson’s past was about to re-introduce himself to her, a past filled with pain and disbelief? Who knew a small Missouri town holds all the answers for them both?

Claire Ashgrove proves yet again what an amazing storyteller she is with her wonderful new Holiday tale. She gives us unforgettable characters and not only our hero and heroine but a cast of truly memorable supporting characters as well. Especially Amanda’s daughter, the perfect little imp, Emma. And speaking of her hero and heroine, you can’t help but fall in love with them while they re-kindle their romance and re-ignite their love. Claire takes her time intimating us to all of her characters. Her wonderful descriptive dialogue takes us down those snow covered streets of Lexington, Missouri with flowing vivid imagery. The romance is spicy and sizzles on the page and the love scenes while very descriptive are tender and sweet without being crude.

So deck your halls and when the last light is strung and the Angel is on top of the tree settle in with a cup of cocoa, and a plate of cookies. In between viewing It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street read All I Want for Christmas is Big Blue Eyes and start a new Holiday tradition, one you can enjoy year after year.