Opposites attract in this holiday romance when a divorced mother of three meets a divorced father of two. Karina Barrett feels responsible for everyone, especially her children. She isn’t having an easy time trying to rebuild her life after her husband embarks on a full-fledged mid-life crisis and leaves her for a younger woman. It’s especially hard when her only thought is to keep her children happy and not disrupt their lives too much. It becomes even more difficult because she’s the type of woman whose life is managed by to-do lists and the lists get longer every day. Yet in this difficult time of divorce, the one thing Karina can do is to give her children a special Christmas to remember.
Reid Sullivan only wants to be responsible for himself and his two daughters; he has no room in his life for anyone else. To-do lists aren’t part of his vocabulary, but despite that, he manages to raise his daughters while he’s traveling around the world leading adventure expeditions. Being called back home on an emergency, Reid must leave the outback of Australia to travel to his grandparent’s home in Kismet Michigan, where to-do lists and becoming responsible for other people will be something he has to take on.
Holiday Affair is quirky, engaging, funny, and sometimes wacky. The premise is fun: Reid, the intrepid world traveler runs the B&B while his grandparents go off to their new retirement home in sunny Arizona and Karina is an "undercover" reviewer/evaluator for the B&B. Karina and Reid have an immediate attraction to one another and their differences are both obvious and endearing. I especially liked the relationships between the adults and the children. There are plenty of secondary characters to round out the festivities and they fill the Christmas House with lots of antics, activity, and humor. Although Karina and Reid stay true to themselves, along the way they discover other/different truths about themselves. The fun is in the discovery; the romance is in the acknowledgement of the discovery.
So dear reader, it’s that time of year again, and if you like Christmas romances with all the trimmings you might want to give Holiday Affair a try.
Until next Monday, remember, there’s a book waiting to be read.
I’m curious: what is your favorite holiday book or movie?
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and television producer.
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