Family for the Holidays

Linda Lattimer
Contemporary romance
Available from Lyrical Press
December 2008

Ms. Linda Lattimer has once again surpassed all my expectations. I have come to expect a certain level of entertainment from Lattimerís writings. However, this one is the best so far. She uses her characters and settings in such a way that I feel I am sitting in the middle of the narrative as she has written. The plot in this particular success is such an attention-getter and, together with the Christmas holiday theme, is a straight shot to the best sellersí list.

Victoria Williams met Josh Miller the first time in the grocery store. She ran into him and literally smashed her eggs into his chest. The next time she saw him was when she went for her chemotherapy treatment and the attending nurse could not find a vein to start her treatment. The nurse went for Josh who managed to get the line started first time.

Victoria, a single mother of threeóMorgan-16, Melissa-14, and Ryan-11, was determined to never again trust a man. Her husband had left her and her children years ago. The only contact they had was his monthly check. He never contacted his kids and they felt resentful of all men because of it. Little Ryan just wanted a dad. And now she had been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer.

Josh Miller hadnít been able to forget the beautiful woman with the long red hair who had smashed her eggs all over his shirt. He longed for a family of his own but had been alone since the death of his parents years before. He loved Christmas and, as a nurse, was exposed to various stages of health problems. He saved money all year so he could play Santa at the hospital each year.

Ms. Lattimer has penned a poignant study of life through the eyes of pain and hurt and hopefulness. This is not your typical Christmas story, but is one that I am thrilled to have been able to read. Lattimer has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend this to everyone as a must read.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Sweet

Reviewer: Brenda Talley
February 4, 2009

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