Feature book: One Sweet Christmas
Candice (Candi) Cane works both in the Cane’s Chocolate Shop and at the Redford Falls Inn. She’s very conscious that since the chair lift closed down and went into receivership, the town has been slowly declining due to the lack of tourists.
Jackson (Jack) Frost is a real estate developer. He’s come back to his hometown for just one reason, and then he’ll be hightailing back out again as soon as possible.
Candi and Jack start the story somewhat at odds with each other and with Candi blackmailing Jack into playing Santa for her at her chocolate shop in return for her signing a document for him. While Candi finds Jack sexy, she’s keeping her distance. Jack, however, decides he can’t live without Candi.
Sugar overload is a distinct possibility with this sweet-laden forty-page Christmas read. The descriptions of the goodies made by Candi encourages, sad to say, foraging in the cupboard for toothsome munchies. There’s a noticeable A Christmas Carol feel to both the Scrooge-like transformation of Jack and the overall mood of a sad Christmas for the disenfranchised townspeople. Candi easily forgives Jack for some unpleasant behaviours from their past, which deserve a great amount of grovelling, and the names of the main characters overplay the Christmas theme a little in the vein of lady character names from Bond books or Truly Scrumptious from Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.