Christmas Joy

Griffin: St. Martin's. Oct. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781250106070. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250106087. F
Since her mom died at Christmastime, Joy Holbrook avoids anything to do with the holiday, including visiting her Aunt Ruby, who helped raise her. Instead she focuses on her career, but when her elderly aunt falls and is hospitalized, Joy heads home to Crystal Falls, NC, to care for her. While Ruby recovers, Joy takes over her farm chores and Christmas decorating for the annual home tour. Handsome local accountant and handyman Ben Andrews also complicates matters. But the longer Joy stays, the more she appreciates the small town and begins to open her heart back up again to the possibility of love and all the heartache that goes with it.
VERDICT An exhilarating holiday romance by the author of the popular "Adams Grove" series (Sweet Tea and Secrets; Out of Focus).
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