Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
My Copy: Bought
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow—even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?
Jane’s Gift is a very enjoyable holiday story that tugs at your heart and has you believe in the miracle of love.
Jane Clark moved back home to the safety of her family after a devastating fire two years ago that killed her husband and left her with scars on both her body and mind. She is trying to get back to a normal life with her three kids however she has been unable to move on and even though her kids were not hurt in the fire, the two older ones seem to still be frightened.
With the help of her brother, Jane and the kids visit the fire station to take a tour. She wants to help her kids and maybe herself to get over being anxious of fire. She feels she is cheating her kids when she does not even want to have a fire in the fireplace during the winter. At the station they meet Christian Nelson who is the fire chief and the only full time employee during the winter. He is happy to help his friend’s sister and her kids feel save around a fire station and fire truck. However Chris is unprepared for what he feels for Jane when they first meet. He has always held himself back from any commitment with women and for years has let the community believe the stories that surround him as a player, however he seems to want to take care of Jane and bring her back to the living.
Chris starts by trying to be where she is and asks her out to several functions. She seems to have fun at first but then she gets scared and starts to feel guilty when she is around Chris. She is unsure if it is because she realized her marriage was not as perfect as she thought it was and is sad or because she feels that her kids need her more than Chris. Needless to say Chris is determined to get Jane to live again.
I really enjoyed this book. I love holiday stories and this one did not disappoint, I believe it helps you get into the holiday spirit along with the characters. I like the opposites attract story and the fact that Christian had a certain reputation around the area however was never like that with Jane. The story is packed with emotion and from start to finish it is rough as they wade through their feelings. They both have a lot of baggage they must work through; the passion feels sweet and brings tears to your eyes at times. I like small town romances and enjoyed the interesting characters in the story and hope for more in the future.
I give Jane’s Gift by Karen Erickson 4 stars!