Series: Twilight Texas #7
on October 27th, 2015
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Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe—a hometown guy with a restless heart—is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most...
...And who happens to be staying at his sister's place over the holidays, while Joe's sister is away. But Joe isn't quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.
Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames "Trouble" won't inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she's never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…
— Library Journal on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT
“Christmas at Twilight is a wonderful heartwarming story not to be missed. The characters are written with compassion as the love between the couple grows.”
— RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT
“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!”
— Robyn Carr on A COWBOY CHRISTMAS
“A wonderful story… The ending will leave readers with the desire to make return visits to Jubilee, Texas.”
— RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
“A pair of engaging protagonists, a wealth of wacky townsfolk, and a mystery with a dangerous twist add up to a charmingly sexy tale that will leave fans smiling.”
— Library Journal on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
“[T]heir personal development forms the heart and soul of the novel, a delicately revealing in-depth character study. Wilde’s clever combination of humor, sorrow and love brings a deeply appealing sense of realism.”
— Publishers Weekly on ALL OF ME
We have Gabi, who decides she’s done with following in her parents’ footsteps by becoming a lawyer, switches lives (houses, jobs, etc.) with a woman from Twilight, Texas through the holiday season. See, her family doesn’t and hasn’t celebrated Christmas since Gabi was a child because of a death of a family member, that left them all deeply mourning. This factor in the book had me crying while reading the emotional roller coaster Gabi went through. It takes some strong writing skills to make the tears flow for me. Gabi needed to walk away from her life and essentially press reset on everything, and figure out who she really is and what she wants out of life. I’ve found that as of late, I am reading more and more heroines that get on my nerves with their indecisiveness, but Ms. Wilde wrote Gabi in a way which shows that under all her inner debates about what direction she wants her life to go, she is a strong and kind woman. I was seriously girl crushing on Gabi, wishing I could meet her so we can become best friends.
But let’s not forget Joe! Normally a wanderer, he finds himself taking over the daily tasks of his grandfather’s Christmas tree farm, to help out his grandfather, who was out of commission while recovering from a stoke. What we usually see in romance novels from our book boyfriends is a brooding, silent guy who slowly becomes more attached to the love interest, all while ignoring his feelings. I really enjoyed that Joe wasn’t this. Well, he had his moments at the beginning, but he quickly broke out of the proverbial mold and we fast found that he is this really great guy, and just what Gabi needs. I enjoyed seeing his struggle with his emotions, and I don’t mean denying them. He knew he was falling hard and fast for Gabi and knew he didn’t want to impede her journey to finding herself by clouding her path with his feelings. I think if Ms. Wilde would have written him a different way, I wouldn’t have enjoyed Joe as much as I did, and it wouldn’t have been a five star rating for me.
I really could go on and on, but then what would be the point of reading the book, right? 🙂 Ms. Wilde has me checking my bank account to see what I can spare so I can go and purchase her other titles. It’s not often a book can draw me in and keep my interest like hers did. Especially while I’ve been in a reading slump! I look forward to reading more books from this series and any other she writes. I’m sure they will all but as wonderful and captivating as this one!
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. www.twilighttexas.com
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.