About the book
Christmas has a way of bringing family secrets to the surface …
Christmas is a bittersweet time for Pippa Freeman. There are good memories, of course - but some painful ones too.
Then her mother is implicated in a mysterious occurrence in their home town of Borteen, and Pippa wonders if she'll ever experience a happy Christmas again - especially when a family secret is revealed. But when police officer and old school friend Ethan Gibson offers his support, Pippa begins to realise that even though her life has been turned upside down, a happy and hopeful Christmas isn't impossible …
Published by Choc Lit
At only 171 pages long this sure does pack a lot in and will keep you gripped and entertained throughout. Pippa Freeman has bad memories of Christmas and isn't too excited by the upcoming festivities. She helps run a guesthouse with her mum and when a tragedy strikes the community, it uncovers some family secrets that some hoped wouldn't see the light of day.
Ethan is the local police officer and was at school with Pippa, and has harboured a crush on her for a number of years. As he helps her deal with things she has seen and is dealing with, she begins to see him in a whole new light and their time spent together is very sweet and endearing.
When the truth comes out about the identity of the man on the beach, there's a whole lot of emotion for Pippa to deal with and the support network she has is much needed! There's also time for old grudges to come back into focus and thankfully shows how the healing power of time can help people forgive and forget!
I found this to be a really enthralling read as there is so much going on. It's not your normal Christmas read - light and fluffy it is not! - but it features an idyllic seaside setting and shows the power of friends and family when times get tough.