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12.04.2012

Review: Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson

Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson
Category Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Ebook $2.99 (171 pages, BLISS/ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow—even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?

Author Site: karenwritesromance.com

Short, Sweet & Filled With Holiday Spirit (4 stars)

Two years ago, Jane Clark lost her husband and her home in a tragic house fire. Left with burn scars that remind her of how she almost lost her life too, she's still struggling to rebuild the life she lost. Returning to her hometown of Lone Pine Lake, Jane's focus is on making her three children feel safe and happy after so much trauma. There's nothing like the Christmas season to bring joy and smiles. But on a trip to the local firehouse where the idea is to strip away some of the lingering fear from the accident that took their father and scarred their mother, it's the handsome fire captain who charms the kids.

Christian Nelson has a reputation for serial dating that suits his lifestyle just fine. Lone Pine Lake has plenty of female attention for a sexy local hero but from that first encounter he's drawn to Jane. Everything about her goes against what usually interests him but maybe she's just what an emotionally scarred commitment-phobe needs. And maybe Christian is just what Jane and her kids need at the holidays... and beyond.

I'll admit that JANE'S GIFT is not something I would usually pick up. If it were set during some other time of the year it probably wouldn't have caught my attention. But as Christmas approaches I always find myself eager to dive into holiday themed romances. They just have a way of helping me get into the mood for celebrating in a way nothing else does. If you experience the same thing it's definitely one to pick up!

While it's about the equivalent of a made-for-TV movie by literary standards it's by no means bad. Christian is a little cookie-cutter and Jane is a little flat but their struggles are relatable and the fluffy storyline a sweet, quick read. The secondary characters help the story along and could easily get your wondering if Erickson might not write about them in future Bliss titles (hint, hint).

If you're looking for a light romantic read for a boost of holiday spirit I definitely recommend giving JANE'S GIFT a go.



Other Reviews:
the book girl
Guilty Pleasures Book Review
Sonya's Stuff

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

1 comment:

Lover of Romance said...

I really liked your review!! I really need to get this book...I have heard so many good things about it!!! And the cover is so sweet!!! Putting it at the top of my TBR. Thanks for sharing, I really liked your insights!

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