Lauren Richmond isn’t a fan of Christmas.
Which is why she rarely makes the trip home to the Midwest for the holidays. After all, she has plenty to keep her busy—namely, her duties as a set decorator on a TV sitcom.
But this December, Lauren‘s brother and his wife are expecting a baby, so her brother arranges a ride home for her with his good friend, Will.
Unfortunately for Lauren, she’s been trying to forget college baseball coach and childhood crush Will Sinclair for more than ten years.
Now, thanks to her fear of flying, she’s stuck in a car with him from California to Illinois.
She’s circumspect and organized. He’s flirty and spontaneous.
She’s convinced that people don’t change. He’s trying to prove to her (and himself) that he has.
On this cross-country road trip, they’ll both discover that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself. . . but like any good Christmas carol, it does have a second verse.
Such a good sweet Christmas story!
Lauren doesn’t believe in Christmas – or much of anything anymore. You can’t rely on people, only yourself. Her past has taught her to close off people who could hurt you and to push yourself to be enough. 💪🏻
Will is the exact opposite. He’s so charming and chats with strangers leaving them as BFFs. Everyone wants to know him, women throw themselves at him. Will flirts back but he’s never flirted with Lauren. 😫
Forced proximity in a cross country road trip with no plan (that would drive me a little bonkers) forced both Will and Lauren to face their pasts, own the moment and to push for the future.
Will is such a swoony hero. The sibling’s best friend trope is fun as I liked some of my brother’s friends when I was younger 😆🙈
Redemption, grace, and a little Christmas magic 🪄 makes for an enjoyable read this holiday season. I just want more!
This is my first Courtney Walsh book but it won’t be my last!