It’s Christmas in Newport. The mansions are decorated, and the streets are filled with excitement. Across the bay, preparations are in full swing for the wedding of Meri Calder-Hollis and Alden Corrigan. A year ago, Meri never imagined that she would marry her best friend, Alden, or become stepmother to his two teenaged children, Nora and Lucas.
But as the wedding day draws near, tension and emotions run high, and Meri’s happiness turns to uncertainty. Nora is suddenly acting sullen and withdrawn, Alden is preoccupied, and Meri wonders if her marriage will bring the family closer together or tear them apart.
It seems like this wedding may be doomed before it begins until a special Christmas surprise brings home the meaning of family and the joy of the holidays.
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If you haven’t read the first, I would suggest it, although this story can stand alone,
Continuing on from Noble’s Breakwater Bay, we pick up with the organized (and not so) chaos that is the planning of Meri and Alden’s wedding. If you haven’t read the first, I would suggest it, although this story can stand alone, the majority of the backstory and character development are in that first book, making this a wonderful continuation of the story.
Each of these characters take a moment in the sun: Meri and her sudden onslaught of nerves centering on her ability to “fit in’ to this new family, and what role she will take. Alden is tired of waiting, and believes that the fates are just waiting to cause more disruption. Lucas is at boarding school, and while he isn’t in the mix of the plot full time, he is easily dragged into the story by Nora, his older sister. Poor Nora, questions that make her rethink her place in the family and remember the horrible situation after her mother’s remarriage.
What could easily be solved by trusting in one another and talking things out becomes a major sticking point: and throwing everything into jeopardy. Even Gran’s solid honesty and sense of ‘what is right’ and telling it like it is doesn’t seem to resonate with anyone until she takes no prisoners and demands the stories.
Ultimately – everything works as it should, with some lovely development in the secondary characters of Carlyn and Joe, and some nice insets from all of the earlier characters met in the first novel, the redemption and happy ending are a perfect fit.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.