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Feature book: Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope

12 January 2022

Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope by Janice Lynn

Series: Wrapped up in Christmas #3
Subgenre: Christmas contemporary romance
Release date: 26 Oct 2021
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Format: ebook and print
Length: 190 pages
RRP: $11.99 (ebook); $32.50 (print)

This is the third book in the Wrapped Up In Christmas/Quilts of Valor series, but can be read stand-alone. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is real: their aim is to cover service members and veterans touched by war in comforting and healing quilts. The award of the quilt says: ‘Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.’ As of November 2021, the total number of quilts made was 291,505—and ongoing. What a beautiful thing.

Andrew Scott is a firefighter in Pine Hill Fire Department. He’s absolutely passionate about fighting fires but has a secret ambition to do an even more dangerous job: he wants to become a smokejumper—someone who parachutes into remote areas to provide initial attacks on wildland fires. Insanely dangerous, but if he can prevent fires reaching towns and so save countless lives and homes, it’s worth it.

He meets Morgan Morris and her absolutely adorable five-year-old son Greyson when the firemen visit the local school. Andrew is quite the hit with young Greyson; they bond beautifully over boy talk and a fireman’s hat. Then they bond over sewing with the quilting ladies. Yes, real men sew!

It becomes very evident very soon that Greyson is absolutely smitten with Andrew, who is secretly staggered by how fast the fatherless little kid finds his way into his heart. But Andrew really shouldn’t have children—smokejumping is one of the most dangerous professions in the world and has a high fatality rate. The thought of a wife and child worrying about him in danger is a definite NO.

Widowed Morgan came to Pine Hill to be closer to family with her life in disarray. All she wants is to put down roots and find a more stable life for herself and her son. Her husband was a daredevil, killed in a horrific accident. The thought of falling in love with another daredevil just cannot happen. She can’t cope with it, even if it’s a vital service like firefighting.

It seems this pair is doomed not to have their HEA. How can love find a way?

I just loved the circle of friends and family in Pine Hill, for both Andrew and Morgan. The older ladies in the quilting circle are tremendous fun, especially as they mastermind a Christmas wedding for friends. There are some emotional stories involving veterans, and a moving scene when the Quilts of Valor award some quilts.

Note the word ‘hope’ in the title. Along with a wonderful festive setting, ‘hope’ is certainly the key in changing people’s hearts. A lovely book.

reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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