At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.
That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.
This is a short and sweet novella by Angelina Kerner. She’s an amazing person and I’ve previously reviewed one of her books, Seven Hours, here.
As soon as I read the first few pages I knew it was going to be a sweet and easy read, and I did enjoy the book.
Cat is a relatable and adorable character. I loved that she kept drawing on her Russian heritage and that those little references were peppered throughout the book. I also loved seeing her Christmas traditions. There’s something about Christmas that makes us all gooey! Hunter is a fairly well fleshed out character but I would have liked to see a little more development in terms of his character arc.
I wish the book was a novel and not a novella. The lead characters had scope for development and it was a feel-good story too. The story arc was well thought out but it ended too quickly. Having said that, I must also specify that this book takes place in the week leading up to Christmas, so it’s got a pretty tight timeline. However, the narrative could surely have been expanded into a longer book.
I do enjoy novellas, and Angelina Kerner surely has a knack for it, but I really liked the story and the lead characters, so I selfishly say I would like to have them fleshed out more. Solely because I’d have liked to read more of it.
One minor issue, the same as I had with Seven Hours – This book could do with a copy-editing revision for grammatical errors and typos. They are easy to overlook, I know. I volunteer as beta reader for her next!