by Lori Wilde
Publication Date October 26, 2021
Published by HarperCollins
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Genres: Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde returns to Twilight, Texas, with a love story filled with the magic of the season, about a couple who discover an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve-Eve.
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.
Second Chance Christmas by Lori Wilde is a cute, somewhat steamy, holiday romance and is her twelfth book in the Twilight, Texas series, although this book can easily be read as a stand-alone book.
Joel and Jana are both working on the live Nativity in their hometown of Twighlight Texas when they find a live baby in the manger with a note pinned to his diaper explaining that his mother will be back to collect him by New Years Day. Jana and Joel immediately take the baby home, and the Sherrif decides to let them keep the baby until the New Year before he reports the abandoned baby to authorities.
Jana has had a rough upbringing and lived in foster homes most of her life, so she can’t allow the baby, she named Gabriel, to go into the foster home system. She hopes the mother returns to get Gabriel, but she’s growing attached to the baby. Joel has grown up in Twilight and decides to help Jana with the baby by having both Jana and Gabriel move into his home, as he has an extra bedroom.
I enjoyed this cute, holiday story, and was rooting for Jana, and Joel to find their happily ever after. And I was rooting for Gabriel and his mother to be reunited. The book took off quickly, immersing me in the story right away, but I did get bogged down a bit in the middle, and then I thought the end wrapped up a bit too quickly. But, overall it’s a very satisfying romantic story that I enjoyed. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.