This is an endearing story about Bree Matthews, her search-and-rescue dog Samson, her husband Kade, and her sister-in-law Lauri. Bree has recently lost her unborn child and is struggling with the loss as Christmas approaches. Lauri, a troubled college student, shows up unexpectedly early, even more withdrawn than usual. When a parachuter turns up missing and Bree’s sent out to search for him, Lauri becomes mysteriously curious about the events.
I give this book four stars. I did not realize until I got started that it was a novella, so was quite a bit shorter than the books I normally choose to read. I also did not realize that it was a part of a series, and I’ve not read the other books in the series, so perhaps I wasn’t as connected to the characters as I might have been otherwise.
However, that said, it was an excellent story, both of Bree finding a way through her grief over losing her unborn baby and of Lauri finding a way to look beyond herself and be concerned about others more than herself. It was a cute story and the mystery of the missing parachuter served to help carry the plot along with a little bit of intrigue. I’d definitely recommend that you read Silent Night.
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