About the book: A love story for Christmas from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk.
Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.
Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:
1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day
The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets.
My review: I could tell from the very first chapter that I was going to LOVE this book...and I did. I loved the premise, a lonely woman meets a familiar looking man in the food court of the building she works in. She lives a lonely existence, and she's very much a creature of habit, eating the same meal for lunch every day. When the attractive man suggests that neither of them have a lonely Christmas season, no holiday parties by themselves, no awkward Thanksgiving where they are the only one not part of a couple, she decides to break free from her habit and go for it. I loved Elise, she is a woman who has had a hard life, her husband left her for her best friend after cheating on her for a long time, and then there's her secret that she doesn't let anyone see. I have to admit that I shed tears when I discovered what her secret was.
I also really liked Nicholas, I loved how hard he worked to make Elise feel that she was a special person and that she was loved by someone. He also had his own secrets, but I thought that they made him a better person.
This book was amazing, I laughed, I cried. I loved the sweet love story. I loved that it was a clean book, and I loved that it was a quick, easy read. I loved how it didn't seem like these two had a chance to get together, and I guess you'll have to read it to find out exactly what happened!
I was able to borrow this book from my local library.
Labels: Clean Romance, Richard Paul Evans