Perfect for readers of One Day in December by Josie Silver, this enchanting new novel with touches of It’s a Wonderful Life and Groundhog Day follows a woman dangerously close to losing it all as she receives an unexpected Christmas gift that prompts a surprising journey of self-discovery...and another chance at happiness.
"Annie Rains is a gifted storyteller."―RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author
What if you could have one more day with someone you lost?
Diana Merriman, a physical therapist, is probably the only person in the small town of Snow Haven, North Carolina, who isn’t looking forward to Christmas. It’s been three weeks since her fiancé
Linus was critically injured when a car hit him as he biked home from the toy store he owns and manages. Watching him open his eyes is the only gift she wants, but she can’t help losing a little more hope every day.
But an unexpected visit from a friendly neighbor and finding a snow globe of Snow Haven—a gift Linus had hidden in the closet—the night before Christmas Eve changes things in ways Diana never would have imagined. Because on Christmas Eve Diana wakes up to find that it’s not—Christmas Eve, that is. Instead, it’s somehow December 4 all over again, the day Linus got hurt, and as mystified as Diana is, she immediately starts a plan to save her partner from his fate.
Nothing is that simple, of course. Instead of a single repeat of that day, Diana finds herself in an endless loop of December 4, experiencing every possible variation of events. Along the way, she uncovers startling truths about herself, her relationship, and even her career that illustrate the ways she’s retreated from her life—and in the face of life’s slights and outright blows, from her deepest feelings. Suddenly hope is second only to joy as Diana opens her heart to the people she loves in every way she can.
"Annie Rains puts her heart in every word!"―Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author
Rains (The Good Luck Café) delivers a poignant portrait of love and second chances in this Christmasy, Groundhog Day–esque tale. Having survived a tough childhood, home health aide Diana Merriman is reluctant to let anyone get too close—even her fiancé. Linus wants to set a wedding date, and Diana shies away. But things change radically after a car accident lands Linus in a coma. Three weeks after the catastrophe, Diana finds a mysterious, enchanted snow globe that would have been her Christmas gift from Linus in their closet, and discovers that it allows her to relive December 4, the day of the accident. Diana sets out to save Linus from the crash, but even when she tries driving him everywhere herself, they end up crashing. Each time she goes through the day all over again, trying increasingly desperate tactics to keep Linus safe, her walls fall a bit more and her love for him grows. Rains makes all the variations on December 4 feel fresh and exciting, drawing readers into Diana's quest to reshape the past and change the future. Readers will eagerly devour this clever and emotional romance.