This is book two of the series The Bad Boys of Crystal Lake. You can read about book one, The Summer He Came Home, here.
Jesse Edwards was killed in Afghanistan and his widow, Raine, is having a very difficult time coping with his death. Having an equally hard time is Jesse’s fraternal twin, Jake, who served with Jesse and was there when Jesse was killed. What complicates the situation even more, Jesse, Jake and Raine were best friends growing up together. Raine loved both brothers in different ways, but chose Jesse to marry – leaving Jake heartbroken. Because he can’t come to terms with Jesse’s death and he can’t face Raine, Jake stays away from Crystal Lake. Eighteen months go by before he has the courage to come home for Christmas.
Raine Edwards is barely coping with her husband Jesse’s death. She’s depressed and isolates herself from everyone. Jake is her best friend and she can’t understand why he is avoiding coming home to help her through her grief. When he finally does comes home, Raine is angry, hurt and confused.
This book is an emotional roller coaster that follows Jake and Raine from a childhood friendship to devastating grief and through every emotion imaginable until they find love.
The Christmas He Loved Her isn’t your typical Christmas story. The grief and pain of these two characters tears at your heart. Even though they are surrounded by family, friends and the whole town of Crystal Lake, their struggle is heart wrenching. But love has amazing healing powers and their journey is a very enjoyable read!