One Christmas Wish
Heart of the Rockies, Book #2.5
By Sarah Richardson
There’s nothing like a Christmas wedding to warm a girl’s heart-or to distract everyone else from the fact that one particular bridesmaid intends to quickly skip town. Julia Noble’s accident was years ago, and she’s tired of being overprotected. She needs to be on her own. But before she flees Aspen, Colorado, Julia wants to make sure her brother has the perfect wedding and all her ducks are in a row. Yet duty soon turns to pleasure when three days before the big day Julia runs into the only man she ever dreamed of marrying.
Fresh out of the navy, Isaac Nash just wants to feel normal again. But starting his new life means winning back the girl who captured his heart years ago. Isaac didn’t know the truth behind the tragedy that changed Julia’s life forever, and he can’t stop blaming himself for not being there for her. After all this time, he knows that Julia is what he wants, this and every Christmas. Now Isaac just has to convince her that she’s earned a miracle, too . . .
This is a sweet story about a disabled girl who is trying to make a life of her own and prove that she is able to live without the over-protectiveness of her family. Julia has never seen marriage as a possibility however when she runs into the only man she has ever loved at her brother’s wedding she begins to question her thinking.
Isaac is post military and suffering from PTSD. Once he sees Julia again, he knows he must somehow win her heart. She brings a stability and calmness to him that no therapy has been able to achieve. When he decides to help her reach her dreams of owning a therapy dog; they end up stranded together for a few days and are able renew their love and commitment to each other. Julia however although completely committed to Isaac cannot see him wanting her long term. Isaac is determined to prove to Julia that she is beautiful and deserving of his undeniable love in spite of her disability. He does not see the chair but the person in it and he wants Julia to see that although he knows she can be independent that she can allow people to help when they do so out of love.
Julia is a bridesmaid at her brother’s Christmas wedding and Isaac is a groomsman, and the wedding goes off smoothly but, when the family learns of Julia’s decision to leave town sparks begin to fly putting into doubt whether Julia will actually be able to accomplish her dream to become independent.
Isaac must prove to Julia and her family that not only can she be independent but that he is committed to Julia for life.
This is a story with good flow and good development of characters. I loved the spunk of Julia and her sudden realization that she had the ability to help Isaac as much as he could help her. This would be a great book to curl up to during all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Maybe I will ask Santa for another Sarah Richardson book.