This is one of Sarah Morgan's best books. A few days before Christmas, five people climbed Mt. Rainier. Only one survived. Yes, the plot twist was a shocker.
I loved how the author acknowledged that Christmas isn't a happy time for people who have experienced tragedy during the holidays. The Christmas sisters are all having a reckoning about their life paths. Each thinks the others have the world by the tail. Each is struggling with life-altering choices.
It is a beautiful tale about sisterhood, taking risks, and unconditional love.
4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary Christmas fiction and stories of family dynamics and drama.
When Posy, Hannah, and Beth's parents die in a tragic avalanche they are taken in by their mom's best friend Suzanne. Every Christmas they are haunted by the tragedy, so Suzanne tries to make it the best Christmas ever each year. This year Posy is wishing she didn't feel obligated to stay in Scotland with Suzanne and her husband, Beth is wanting to go back to work while her husband wants her to have another baby, and Hannah is pregnant and not happy about it. Will they be able to have a happy Christmas amidst the chaos?
Isn't this cover pretty?! Le swoon!
Due to the subject matter, at times this book was heavier than I wanted a Christmas book to be. There was a lot of PTSD for the characters, and a lot of insecurities due to their upbringing, etc. I had to take some breaks in between, but eventually it got more toward the current family drama and the holidays which was better. I could identify with each of the people in the book which was nice, and at times a little too close to home. Once they all got together for Christmas the warm fuzzy, and less isolating drama occurred and that was better for me. I loved the family dynamics and their struggles. About 3/4 the way through a little twist happened that stirred things up and I loved it. I also loved how the sisters opened up to one another and talked about their deep rooted fears and issues. It made me really emotional from time to time. While this had romance in it, it was much more of a family drama. I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it. It won't be my last Sarah Morgan book!
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