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on 8 November 2013
Written in gentle style, this story takes us to a mountain resort that just begs for investment. Darcy Fitzgerald married a divorced father but his kids convinced their parents to get back together. A year after Darcy's divorce Logan O'Donnell seems like a nice guy, but he's got a son who spends holiday times with him - she's not keen to go there again.
Co-parenting sounds fine until you try it, thinks Logan regretfully as he hands young Charlie back to his mother. Heading off to blaze some trails on his mountain bike, Logan is convinced that the failing ski resort he wants to buy could earn its keep from adventure sports during summer. Logan's sister India is Darcy's best friend and Darcy jumps at the chance to stay with Logan and India for Thanksgiving. Darcy explains at their beach house that she is in sports marketing - she models sports wear, with snowboarding gear up next. Logan invites her for Christmas at his newly purchased resort in the Catskills. She accepts, but there will be kids present...
Charlie and his school pal from the projects, Andre, are great youngsters, though aged nine they seem a little old to have a firm belief in Santa's powers of sorting out situations. I welcomed the introduction of Andre as he showed a less well off side of society - his mother has been jailed, and she's pleased that her son will have a good Christmas when Andre gets an invitation to keep Charlie company at the ski resort.
There is not a lot of action in this book by Susan Wiggs but plenty of characterisation and long conversations, as romance gently arrives. We also get recipes ranging from pickles to eggnog pancakes or beer cheese spread. I would have liked some more action or tension or perhaps to see some of Andre's life, and that is why I am not giving it more stars.