Home for Christmas is my first Christmas story of the season. I am reading it in September, a bit later than usual. And for some reason, I don’t see many Christmas stories in my TBR list this season. So I decided to enjoy this as much as possible.
This is a Sanctuary Island book. This idyllic island off the coast of Virginia is a haven for wild horses. It reminds me a lot of Assateague Island on the East shore of Virginia. Except Sanctuary Island seems a lot more inaccessible. You go there by ferry. The town patriarch is Dabney Leeds, a cranky old man. Andie Shepard is the new Sheriff, and she has been entrusted with a little girl. Of course, you will know all this if you read the previous Sanctuary Island book(s). but if Home for Christmas is your first one in the series, you will come across this information later as you read the book.
Libby or Elizabeth has been living a lie. She is a famous ‘Bree Van Da Kamp’ in real life except she burns water. She is about to lose her job unless she agrees to host America’s hero Sam Shepard and his family for Christmas. Libby has to call up her estranged grandpa and beg for help. Result? She heads to Sanctuary Island to create the perfect Christmas.
Sam and Libby meet on the ferry and feel an instant connection. The lying game is on, though. Sam is about to meet his daughter Caitlin for the first time. The deception is carried further when Libby is met by her ‘husband’ at the shore. Libby does her best to bring on some Christmas cheer and truly falls for America’s hero. She also discovers some long forgotten memories and keepsakes.
Sam struggles to connect with his daughter who is skittish. Everyone is struggling with their emotions and their relationships. In true holiday spirit, this is a story of redemption. Some magical snow is thrown in, and some light moments. Libby is painted as such a noble soul that the reader is willing to forgive her any transgression.
Christmas day arrives bringing some expected chaos. But the love and fellowship of the characters will see them through. You will have a smile on your face while reading this book. and you will feel the warmth seep in, whether you are sitting beside a fire or not.
This book brings you home for Christmas.