USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts takes readers to the charming, snowbound town of Pine River in this irresistible holiday romance.
Sometimes you need to look beyond the big picture to see what really matters
Olivia Berg’s charity, Christmas from the Heart, has helped generations of families in need in Pine River, Washington, but this year might be the end of the road. Hightower Enterprises, one of their biggest donors since way back when Olivia’s grandmother ran the charity, has been taken over by Ebenezer Scrooge the Second, aka CFO Guy Hightower, and he’s declared there will be no more money coming to Christmas from the Heart.
Guy is simply being practical. Hightower Enterprises needs to tighten its belt, and when you don’t have money to spare, you don’t have money to share. You’d think even the pushy Olivia Berg could understand that.
With charitable donations dwindling, Olivia’s Christmas budget depends on Hightower’s contribution. She’s focused her whole life on helping this small town, even putting her love life on hold to support her mission.
When Guy’s Maserati breaks down at the edge of the Cascade foothills, he’s relieved to be rescued by a pretty young woman who drives him to the nearby town of Pine River. Until he realizes his rescuer is none other than Olivia Berg. What’s a Scrooge to do? Plug his nose and eat fruitcake and hope she doesn’t learn his true identity before he can get out of town. What could go wrong?
Christmas from the Heart is a modern tale of Scrooge. Heartfelt, charming, and funny, I could not stop reading it. Each protagonist has a stake worth pursuing. However, one needs the other one and circumstances aren’t lining up. Guilt and anger build up until they both burst. A man deemed as a scrooge but for reasons that the lady can’t understand. A woman who desperately needs the help of one man. And he’s in no place to help the woman despite her ongoing pleas. It hurts to read her words. They cut quick to the heart and make every character plus, myself cheer for the lady, at first.
As the plot picked up, it made less sense as to why the heroine couldn’t see sense. She was ignorant all the way to the end. I couldn’t believe how strong headed she was when the hero tried to explain. His explanations fell on deaf ears it appeared. There’s an attraction that pulls each of them closer together. I was not sure if I wanted the couple together. Seeing as Olivia did not know when to stop bugging the hero on supporting her organization. Despite that, this story was uplifting. People trying to help others in need. It was good. I loved Guy!