Christmas in Eternity Springs
Can Miss Christmas find her spirit again?
After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shop―Forever Christmas―and, with the help of a surprise romance with the town’s sexy new handyman, Claire’s heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knocking…
Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wife’s death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?
Christmas in Eternity Springs is the twelfth installment in Emily March's acclaimed Eternity Springs series.
If ever there was a heartwarming Christmas tale, this one was it. Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March gave me the feels. It is a book that you can get lost in and one that makes you think about the characters long after you finish reading.
The top 5 reasons why I enjoyed this story.
1. Both leading characters had a past.
It wasn’t a one sided drama; both Claire and Jax have experienced heartbreak and loss. Claire brings her experience of a lying, cheating, and lousy ex to the table and Jax his ex-wife’s tragic death, his bad relationship with his in-laws and a son who had to be hospitalized because of his phobia of Christmas.
2. The small town.
Gotta love them. They have healing properties for everyone who visits or decides to live in one. Eternity Springs has the theme of guardian angel and of course has that one quirky character that acts like a matchmaker and overall fairy godmother of sorts. Everyone has each others’ backs and it’s an over the top community.
3. A child who ends up teaching the grownups how to deal with their issues.
Nicholas, Jax’s son, who has a deep seeded phobia to Christmas is probably the most real character of the bunch. I immediately felt for his character and the tragic circumstances that led to his phobia. Made me tear up folks (that’s all I will say about that). But it’s Nicholas who ends up becoming a role model for both Claire and Jax. Such a sweet character whose growth really enchanted me.
4. The dogs.
I love it when pets play a role in the storyline. Nicholas was not the only one who played a role but also the pets helped in the healing as well. Tinsel and Captain indirectly help heal hearts and break down barriers. Seriously, I think the dogs had a hand in matchmaking more than the human characters.
5. The overall family togetherness.
Without relationships there really is no story. Even if there are broken ones. Eternity Springs is all about friendships and family. Claire and Jax form a sort of makeshift family unit that focuses on Nicholas and also made both of the leading characters give love a chance. Both characters were initially outsiders to the town, but the established families brought them into the fold. Essentially, Eternity Springs was one big family unit.
One thing I didn’t like was towards the end of the story when Jax became a jerk. One small hiccup in his relationship with Claire and he becomes a stubborn ass. I didn’t like him then. Luckily he sees past his prejudice and all ends well. Both characters become stubborn and I had to shake my book at Claire’s penchant for running away from her problems. *sigh* Other than that I loved this book.
“Falling back on your roots can give you time to figure out which direction to grow next.” ~Claire
“Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Hold your jingle bells right there, Miss Christmas.”~Claire in her inner monologue.
A little note…
This can essentially be read as a stand alone. I didn’t need to much refrence from the other books to understand the character dynamics.
Do you like small town romances?
Do you like when children and/or pets play a role in a storyline?