Home For Christmas by Patricia Kay
Home For Christmas
Quinn Riordan hasn't been home for Christmas in more than ten years -- ten long years since she's seen her family and Chagrin Falls, the town where she grew up. It's been that long since the sister she once adored had stolen the man Quinn loved. But when Quinn's beloved Aunt Fiona has a bad fall and breaks her leg, Quinn can't stay away any longer. In order to help her aunt, she has to go home and face her past. But along with her past, the trip home brings her an even more difficult challenge in the form of her aunt's boarder, Peter Kimball.
Peter has been curious about Fiona's niece ever since he first saw her framed photo in Fiona's living room. He hasn't been able to understand how someone Fiona speaks of so glowingly could so selfishly stay away for so long. He's prepared to dislike Quinn and is stunned to very quickly realize he doesn't. On the contrary, he's attracted to Quinn and wants nothing more than to get to know her better. But Quinn isn't the only one who has been running from her past. Peter has avoided confronting his demons by staying away from the place where he lost everything he held most dear.
Can these two troubled people overcome the problems that have haunted them for so long? Will they be brave enough to forget and forgive and move forward into a future that promises to be filled with more happiness and love than they ever imagined? In the capable hands of best-selling author Patricia Kay, this heartwarming story will be the perfect accompaniment to your own holiday season.
Home For Christmas was a nice light Christmas read. Note there will be talk of the end so spoilers ahead. Quinn hasn't been home for 10 years because of some family drama. Peter, who lives in the apartment at her aunts house, comes to pick her up from the airport and instantly doesn't like her. He thinks she must be super selfish to not come back and visit with her aunt. Things move pretty quickly, her sister is pretty horrible to her and she to her sister, she gets overwhelmed with her sister and her husband, and Peter can be a bit judgmental. Of course Peter finds out the real story from the aunt, then he feels back and actually tries to be friends with Quinn. Things quickly get more interesting from there.
Peter isn't perfect himself. He has a lot of baggage to deal with. They both need to deal with their past so they can move on and be happy together. I liked that Quinn spent a night with Peter then asked him to come back to her on Christmas Eve so they could be together. Like deal with your stuff then come back to me. She waits and waits for him and just when she has given up hope that he is coming he pulls into the driveway. She runs out and jumps into his arms and they are all sweet and missed each other and love each other and then they go inside. Once inside Peter says kind of off hand like hey I want to marry you and she says okay. Then they give each other presents and he gives her a ring then they wake the aunt up to tell her. It was a bit...disappointing as if the proposal would have been handled a little better I would have loved it. Instead I felt it was missing something. Like ideally I think like get out of the car, hug and kiss then drop to your knee and have a sweet speech about how much he loves her and doesn't want to live without her and propose then! Or at least once you get inside get the ring out and ask her properly! None of this off handed proposing and giving the ring later.
Overall I was really enjoying the book, but was a little disappointed at the ending.