After serving in the Army, Luke Harlow returns home in time for the holidays to help his brothers raise their twelve-year-old half-sister. With his new job as Marietta's police officer, Luke finds himself in the middle of a festive mystery that the entire town will want solved before Christmas morning.
Mary Best is Marietta Courier's most promising young reporter. When she starts spending time with sexy Luke Harlow to write an article about his heroic military service, she begins to suspect there’s more to this new police recruit than meets the eye. He’s kind, generous, and very mysterious. When anonymous gifts start appearing around town for people in need, Mary knows there’s a story there. A magical one. It doesn’t take long for the breadcrumbs to lead right back to Luke.
As the gifts pile up, so does everyone’s urge to unmask Marietta’s secret Santa. Luke is deeply private, and Mary is deeply curious- opposites who’ll find themselves tumbling toward each other amidst the snowy backdrop of a town fully embraced in the spirit of Christmas. But when Mary uncovers Luke’s secret, will she be able to bury her reporter’s instincts for the sake of love? And will Luke finally be able to trust someone with his heart?
This is a sweet, feel-good story that emphasizes community and giving of oneself and resources to those who need it the most. A secret Santa to a town, but one who gives in small amounts not in lottery winning amounts.
Considering the scary time we live in and the required social distancing we must practice, this book was a nice time out for me. No news....just reading a sweet book made me feel calm and hopeful.
This is a story that will make you smile, make you cry, and make you want to hold your loved ones close. It will make you crave hot chocolate and Christmas carols.
Loved this really sweet romance! The story of a Luke Harlow just kind of grabs you by the throat and Mary is a girl with a lot of hang ups but is so sweet! It’s sexy, romantic, and just plain heartwarming.