Coming home means different things. There’s the obvious, like Brooke Carston coming back to Mountain Crossing for a month, after being gone for over a decade and only back for a weekend here and there. The whole town is happy to see its very own celebrity again, but no one, not even Brooke’s parents and her numerous siblings, is happier than Nicole Livingstone, Brooke’s childhood best friend and fellow rascal. And that’s another meaning of coming home, when you realise who the right person is for you.
Brooke and Nicole are very likeable, as are the secondary characters. The whole town playing matchmakers made me laugh. It’s not subtle, but it’s heartwarming. I also like how the author gave Brooke sensory issues and the way Nicole always seems to know how to make things better.
Sweet is probably the word I use most often when writing about Lily Seabrooke’s books. The writing isn’t flawless but there’s an energy to it that makes it very enjoyable. This novella is my first Christmas book this year, and it’s so perfectly Christmas-y that I hope I’ll feel the same warmth in my next ones.