A Tragic Past & The Christmas Present: LOVE ME BY CHRISTMAS

Love Me By Christmas

Love_Me_By_Christmas coverAuthor Jaci Burton
Narrated by Samantha Cook
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Nov 21, 2017
Running time 4 hrs 8 min

I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

Ellie Washington lost her husband in a tragedy five years ago at Christmas. She wouldn’t have made it through her grief if not for her husband’s brother, Nick, who helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. And with every year, her feelings for Nick have grown. Now she realizes she might be in love with him, but that’s not fair, because Nick deserves a life that isn’t about his brother’s widow and son.

Sharing his life with Ellie and her son has been the balm that soothed Nick’s soul after losing his brother. Now that friendship has turned into something deeper. Nick doesn’t want to upset the status quo, but someone has to make the first move, and it’s time they figure out if their feelings are real. Nick believes in what they have. He also believes in Christmas miracles, and he thinks they’re both long overdue for one. https://tantor.com/love-me-by-christmas-jaci-burton.html

 

My Take Oblong Shaped

 

It’s weird, this is the second potential brother’s wife story I read this past week!

There’s no way around or past the tragic circumstances that we learn about early in this novella; I just couldn’t progress past the death of Ellie’s husband to put her together with his brother. So, I couldn’t see how she would. But, then, suddenly losing a young spouse is a nightmare from which the widowed spouse never really gets to wake.

That Nick seems able to process and rid himself of the perceived taboo on getting with his brother’s widow more easily than Ellie was interesting.  How will society and family view this?  Maybe women tend to worry about this more?  Do you feel it would be wrong for a woman to marry her late husband’s brother?   It reminds e of the taboo against a guy’s friend, even his best friend, dating his sister. 

Otherwise the story is predictable in its path, but there are a few surprises in how this story arrives at its HEA.  I would imagine, that having lived with the brother since her husband’s death, many people might already be making assumptions.

The narrator is, I believe, new to me.  Her narration of this story is fresh, unstudied and pleasant.  Her voice is mid-range, and not nasal.  I liked her reading.

All in all, at a little over four hours this is a good listen, except for the tragic circumstances — which didn’t quite put me in a holiday mood.  I might try it on a trip of about that length of time.

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PUBLISHER: https://tantor.com/love-me-by-christmas-jaci-burton.html AUDIBLE: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Love-Me-by-Christmas-Audiobook/B077CYCL6Y/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1513603389&sr=1-1 AUTHOR: http://jaciburton.com/