This Christmas season, Christina Grey Cooper has finally accepted that her marriage to her college sweetheart Dare is over.
So she packs up her things, leaves a note, and heads back home for Marietta, Montana in the hope that a Christmas with her family will help piece her head—if not her heart—back together.
Dare isn’t about to let the love of his life go, and who cares if that’s what he thought he wanted? He’ll do what it takes to win Christina back—even if that means suffering through Christmas with his in-laws, pretending to still be happily married for the sake of family harmony, and trying not to get caught up in all that holiday nonsense he’s never believed in…
But Christmas is magical, especially in Montana.
And if Dare has any hope of convincing Christina to give him one more chance, it’s going to be here…
I don’t know what to feel after reading this novel. Sure, it’s a lovely Christmas story, but what really struck me was how realistic & painful it is to read about someone struggling to put up with the present because of a miserable past. I had a heavy heart reading Dare Cooper’s history & how he thought he could never be a man worth fighting for. How he thought he could never be the husband that Christina deserved. How he repeatedly told himself that he inherited the “virus” or the abominable gene that his family have had, resulting to his ghosts of the past.
Christina, on the other hand, finally stopped being a martyr and stood up her ground. She no longer wanted to be treated like nothing, or like an invisible air. She finally left Dare in Denver, in the hopes to find the future she had always wanted. She finally went home to find solace in the arms of her Montana family.
But these two people had to endure each other for the sake of Christmas and family. Oh gosh, it was not the kind of holiday I wanted to experience in my family. I could feel the pain reeling on Dare’s mind, and the pretense that Christina had to put up.
However, I have to commend Author Megan Crane for a warm, heartfelt story that’s fit not just for Christmas but for the whole year round. There are certainly some lessons one can learn about families, forgiveness, love and hope. I might have shed a tear or two in this story, but those tears were worth it.
Megan Crane is a New Jersey native who had great plans to star on Broadway, preferably in Evita, just like Patti LuPone. Sadly, her inability to wow audiences with her singing voice required a back up plan. Accordingly, she graduated from Vassar College and got her MA and PhD in literature from the University of York in England. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on AIDS literature, mostly so she could wallow in her obsession with the remarkable multi-media artist David Wojnarowicz and her idol, the bitter and hilarious David Feinberg. After many years in the rain and subject to the whim of seasons, she followed the sun to Los Angeles, where she lives with a dog, a cat, two crazy kittens, and an artist named Jeff. She is still plotting her Broadway debut.