“The tension that builds up leading to the conclusion is gradual, much like listening to the first part of the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Sonatina Pathetique. It is sweet.” —InD’tale Magazine review
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.
“This is a sweet story with lots of strong messages about family, faith, love, honesty, and hard work.“ — DMP, reviewer
“If you’re looking for a heartwarming read to snuggle up with by the fire, then grab your cozy blanket and hot chocolate because this one is a winner!“ —K. Swinton, reviewer