Loretta Laird has put fantasy to one side for this slice of contemporary romance, a story which gets to the heart of Christmas. I expect most of us have experienced the adult disappointment that our grown-up-responsible-parent Christmas lacks the magic and traditions of those exciting childhood memories. For Carrie, those feelings are multiplied by being in a new environment where hot bright sunshine replaces cold bright snow. It doesn't feel right, despite the delight her boys show in playing in the family pool. Then husband Grant buys her an unexpected and thoughtful Christmas gift. No, it's not a vibrator. But the gift does work magic on their relationship. Loretta conjures up two different kinds of touching moments, and both are handled well. Recommended holiday reading.