Series: Heart of the Rockies #2.5
Publication Date: November 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES . . .
There’s nothing like a Christmas wedding to warm a girl’s heart-or to distract everyone else from the fact that one particular bridesmaid intends to quickly skip town. Julia Noble’s accident was years ago, and she’s tired of being overprotected. She needs to be on her own. But before she flees Aspen, Colorado, Julia wants to make sure her brother has the perfect wedding and all her ducks are in a row. Yet duty soon turns to pleasure when three days before the big day Julia runs into the only man she ever dreamed of marrying.
Fresh out of the navy, Isaac Nash just wants to feel normal again. But starting his new life means winning back the girl who captured his heart years ago. Isaac didn’t know the truth behind the tragedy that changed Julia’s life forever, and he can’t stop blaming himself for not being there for her. After all this time, he knows that Julia is what he wants, this and every Christmas. Now Isaac just has to convince her that she’s earned a miracle, too . . .
Julia was my favorite character from the previous book and I love that she gets her own story. Julia is wheelchair bound but is determined to take charge of her own life away, from her overprotective but well-meaning family. She’s accepted that love and marriage are not in the cards for her, but when the man she’s been in love with all her life returns just before the start of her new life, will she give up the chance to follow her dreams or will she give up a chance for happiness? Or can she have both?
Joining the Navy saved Isaac Nash in more ways than one and after twelve years, he’s back home with one thing on his mind- winning over the one woman who was his lifeline through every mission. Julia has other plans for her life that don’t include him but Isaac is determined to find a place in her life and help her understand that leaning on someone doesn’t make her weak.
Julia and Isaac’s story was unexpectedly emotional. Julia had every reason to be bitter about how her life turned out, but she was so upbeat and funny and smart and I loved her. However, with Isaac’s return, she had to deal with the buried fears, pain and struggles from when she first had the accident as well as the unresolved feelings from Isaac’s abrupt departure, in order for them to have a chance at a future. I love that Isaac was unwavering in his support for Julia and his respect for her desire for independence.
ONE CHRISTMAS WISH perfectly captures the spirit of the season – love, hope, healing and new beginnings. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.