Leah Evans has been planning on having the usual family Christmas at her grandmother’s plantation in Virginia but knows that it’s not going to be quite the same this year after the passing of her Nan. While still reeling from the loss Leah receives some more crushing news, Nan had revised her will at the last moment and decided to leave half of the plantation to Leah’s old childhood friend, David Forester.
Leah hasn’t seen David since they were children and doesn’t know why Nan would go against what she’d told her for years. Her plans for continuing the family business and raising her daughter in their family home are quickly in danger when David refuses to compromise and wants to buy Leah out of her share of the plantation.
All I Want for Christmas should have been an easy five star holiday read for me but I was left with a bit of disappointment with this one. Sure we had childhood friends drawn back together over the holiday that eventually turns into something more but the story spent a lot of time building to that.
Leah is a single mother who she and her daughter had been told through the years that they would inherit the property and business. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the young struggling mother who has already lost her grandmother she was close to but is now getting her future possibly taken from her which leads me to David… David on the other hand was not a favorite character of mine being so determined that the inheritance would go his way with no compromise at all, not a very warm feeling for most of the book towards him due to this.
Still this was a well written clean holiday romance, just a bit too slow for my taste to leave the beginning controversy and become the more you expect from the story. In the end I decided to give this one 3.5 stars just due to the slow build.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.