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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Glad Tidings by Margo Hoornstra

Glad Tidings by Margo Hoornstra
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (146 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

His twenty-fifth high school reunion leaves hard-driving hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling he’s missing something in life. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—Jake is determined to keep her, even if it means recruiting her to work for him.

Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with her late husband’s best friend—even if he is the only man she’s ever loved. Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage to the wrong man and haunted by guilt over his death, Bethany isn’t looking for an entanglement. Especially not with her future boss.

Working together makes Jake and Bethany confront their clashing philosophies to patient care, and as the holidays approach, Bethany unknowingly betrays Jake. Now Jake’s job is on the line—can they overcome their lack of trust to find their own holiday miracle?

Starting over is never fun but Bethany Thomas believes she’s going to get it right this time. Jake Holbrook has loved Bethany for all of his life and now that she’s back in his life he never wants to let her go, but sometimes life gets in the way of love and love alone is rarely enough even when the two people involved are so right for each other.

Margo Hoornstra is an amazing storyteller which is apparent when she crams a full novel into 146 pages and does it so skilfully that her readers won’t feel one bit cheated by the small number of pages involved. She gives us great narrative that fits each and every character from her snobbish doctors and socialites to the smallest child in her cast.

Her plot is one that always speaks to my heart that of second chances and she gives her characters the maturity that matches their ages. Yes, her characters have a few miles under their belts, they’re not twenty or even thirty somethings trying to stumble their way into adulthood they are adults and act accordingly. Her hero Jake and heroine Bethy are so well developed that by the second or third chapter she’s intimated them to her readers so well we feel we know them. They literally shine the whole way through the novel as they try, fail and try again for their so deserved Happy Ever After. Will they get it? Well you’ll have to read it for yourself, no spoilers allowed.

The romance is touching, melancholy and sweet and her readers will feel each emotion that her characters live through. Her love scenes are sensual and sexy, but full of sweet romance. All in all it’s one heck of a tale and even the staunchest of readers will feel their heart swell by the end of the read.

If you are a lover of second chance romances, of characters who are of a certain age of casts that have meaningful and important careers and yet speak to the common person, or if you like me are just a born romantic and need a feel good tale than look no farther than this wonderfully scripted tale.

Kudos to you Ms. Hoornstra for one incredible romantic ride.