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 …
Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.
A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter is a 2015 Black Lyon Publishing, LLC publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A Kindled Winter is a poignant tale set against the backdrop of the Christmas season, which can be one of the most difficult times of the year for some people, but can also be the most uplifting and heartwarming.
This story will take you on a journey with one couple who go from the depths of despair to finding a new beginning, faith, hope and love.
This story begins with a near tragedy, with Jeseca wrecking her car and finding herself stranded during a winter storm.
Dr. David Drake finds himself sheltering Jeseca after she comes across his cottage seeking refuge and help. With the lines down, and the storm showing no signs of letting up, Jeseca becomes his unexpected Christmas guest.
In a short frame of time these two lost and lonely souls will open up a whole new world for one another. But, before they can move forward the past must be laid to rest so that real healing can begin.
No doubt, Jeseca has suffered hardships and heartbreak in her life, but while still carrying around great burdens and sadness, her approach to life is a far cry from the way David has chosen to deal with his pain. This difference in personalities could create conflict, but instead Jeseca's openness and acceptance of him helps to bring David out of his self imposed exile.
This story is very emotional and deals with some very tragic situations. David's pain, literally jumps off the page and squeezes your heart. I was drawn to him right away, but I also dreaded the details that have to come out about his life because I knew I'd probably do the ugly cry.
Jeseca's story was equally compelling and her loss is just as deep, and very complex. Still, she shows an inner strength that keeps her moving onward with a lively and mischievous personality. I really liked her, (and not just because she likes Jane Eyre), and felt she was perfect for the insular David.
Despite the intense feelings of sadness and loss, the chemistry between David and Jeseca is pitch perfect. They complement one another wonderfully, and what starts off as an oppressive and gloomy atmosphere, slowly changes to one of hope and healing. Before you know it, you will find your heart filled with warmth and peace and happiness for this couple who miraculously found one another on a dark and stormy night.
This is a unique romantic tale, filled with a well of powerful emotions that sets it apart from the usual holiday fare.
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