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christmas in destiny book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Imagine being a grown man, well, mid-30s or so, and you’ve never decorated a Christmas tree so you have no good idea of how to go about doing such a thing. Hard to realize, isn’t it? But if you’ve been living rough, in the back of beyond since you were about nine, there were many more important things to learn.

Shane Dalton came back east to Ohio from Montana, after his Dad died–because Dad wanted his ashes flung there. The last thing Dad said before he died (peaceably, at least) was, “Go to Destiny. You’ll find something there for you.”  Well now, that was a big help, wasn’t it? But darned if there wasn’t a town named Destiny, right there in Ohio, not too far away from where he was, either. So he decided he’d go take a look on his way to Florida, where a job and warm weather were waiting for him.

But a sudden November blizzard, an embracing small town and a gorgeous redhead combined to keep him there in Destiny. Not only did he learn about them, but also about himself. He’d been living with his Dad since he was nine, and had been told numerous times that his Mom didn’t want him. How do you not believe your parent?  Shane is about to find out all sorts of things!

First off, his truck breaks down, out there in the back of beyond, with snow all over the place, and more falling every second. But wait! There’s a light off in the distance, maybe he could find a phone to call for help. Candice Sheridan, the cute redhead whose home was putting out that light, wasn’t too keen on sheltering an unknown. Why the man shouted ‘drifter’ without even opening his mouth. However, she took a chance and let him in.

She’s not long past an unhappy breakup, but she can’t resist the handsome cowboy who is so polite. Maybe — ? He’ll have to stay around for a while to give the needed parts for his truck time to catch up to him. Candice finds him a place to stay and even to work if he wants, and he begins to think his Dad may have been right, after all. He’s never known a Christmas like this one, let alone, all the folks in Destiny who celebrate Christmas in a really big way. They go far beyond what most people would consider over-done, and still there’s more!

By the time Santa finally leaves the area, it’s hard to say who had the better holiday. Both  Candice and Shane received totally unexpected surprises–the kind that can change one’s life. Not to mention that between the two of them, they generate enough heat to totally melt that danged blizzard!

Christmas in Destiny is a totally enchanting Holiday read. You’ll surely feel in the mood for Christmas after laughing and perhaps shedding a tear or two over Candice and Shane, two lost souls who find each other in the most unlikely situation and location. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you had a whiff of peppermint or cinnamon or hot chocolate while you’re reading.

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First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.