Today I am reviewing A Simple Christmas, the third book in the Simple Gifts series by Charlotte Hubbard.
Here is a brief synopsis:
The rustic beauty of a country Christmas fills the Simple Gifts crafts shop, while the Amish residents of Willow Ridge pull together in uncertain times–and in the face of an unexpected homecoming.
Nora Hooley’s shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials.
The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household’s inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts–blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him.
Marcus Hooley hightailed it to Willow Ridge on a wing and a prayer–not that he’s the praying type. He rejected his Amish roots long ago. But behind the bad-boy attitude is a gifted horse trainer who’s counting on some bent-but-not-broken family ties to throw him a lifeline.
He can’t erase his past, but a sparking attraction with strong, spirited Rosalyn holds the promise of a second chance . . . and of shedding light on shadowy secrets to build a bright tomorrow.
Wow! This is such a great series!
Rosalyn Riehl is overjoyed that her sister Loretta and new brother-in-law Drew is continuing to live with her and her dat. Rosalyn knows how difficult it is for them, but her life would be so much worse without their help.
In the meantime, her dat seems to be getting worse, and no one knowing what to do — or what he’s doing. So a distraction, in the form of one Marcus Hooley, might be just the best thing for her.
Marcus is trying to clean up his act, but his attraction to Rosalyn just won’t go away. And trouble seems to have followed him to Willow Ridge. Who’s following him? And what do they want from him?
This sequel tied up the loose ends found in the series perfectly… I knew something weird was going on, but I had no idea just how bad it was! If you’ve been reading the series with me, don’t miss this one. It’s a page-turner, for sure and for certain!
Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt
- A Simple Vow
- A Simple Wish
- A Simple Christmas