“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans
A week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon—her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she’s left stranded in the mountains’ vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger.
Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape—a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son’s memory.
Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts …
A Kindled Winter is about so much more than the Holidays. It’s about love and two people finding in each other what they need to repair the holes in their hearts. Jeseca becomes stranded in the middle of nowhere and takes refuge in the small cottage inhabited by Dr. David Drake. David was injured and can no longer perform surgeries. He, also, carries so much hurt and suffering that has scarred his heart. He has shut himself off from the world in his cottage, so he is not very happy to have his solace disturbed by Jeseca. But, their broken souls find comfort in each other.
This story was such a tear jerker that tore at my heart. David’s scars and numb hands remind him every day of the tragic accident that cause him to lose his son. He is so torn and damaged that I wasn’t sure if Jeseca could break through is barrier. But, she did and it was so emotional to read. Their tender awkward moments were so realistic, each emotion caused me to feel long with the characters.
While this is not your typical “happy go lucky” Holiday story, it is well worth the time to read. It will stir your emotions and cause you to look at things in a completely different light after you finish.