Second Chance Christmas
A Twilight, Texas Novel
October 26, 2021
Blurb: It’s Christmastime in Twilight, TX. The lights are twinkling, carols are being sung, and the cookies are baking. And this year, best friends Joel and Jana discover a shocking surprise: as they are organizing the living Nativity, they find a sweet little baby in the manger with a note saying the mother will return…soon.
Jana tucks the infant into her arms, and she and Joel make the impulsive decision to take the baby home. Jana is spontaneous, Joel is a planner, but they agree that it’s better to care for this precious bundle for the holidays, in hopes that the mother really will come back by New Year’s.
As the days pass, the pair begins to fall in love with the child and they’re also forced to face facts: their relationship goes far deeper than friendship. As the spirit of Christmas—and the magic of Twilight, TX—takes over, this unlikely couple must open up to the feelings they’ve been hiding from each other all along.
If you have a few minutes of downtime and want to read a story that pulls at all of your heartstrings, check out Lori Wilde’s Christmas novel, Second Chance Christmas. Set in Twilight, Texas, many of the Twilight characters are back to get involved–perhaps overly so–when Joel and Jana find a real live baby in the place of baby Jesus in the nativity scene. A note hastily scrawled on a diaper informs them that the mother will be back in a week. Impetuous Jana thinks they should keep the baby for the week and (almost) reluctantly Joel agrees.
In that week best friends Joel and Jana discover that they don’t know everything there is to know about each other and that some secrets are kept for protection and to avoid judgement. And, they also discover that they can’t avoid the feelings they have for each other.
As usual, Wilde has filled Second Chance Christmas with so many layers that the reader is never bored. While I had no problem guessing what Jana was hiding, and don’t think most readers will either, tension arose from how her situation would be resolved and what reactions would be to it.
While I would have loved some of Wilde’s typical humor to shine through and the feeling of the small town not to feel more than a bit off-putting, Second Chance Christmas still worked well as a emotional holiday read.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.