Cole Tanner doesn’t do Christmas. 

Abandoned as a child on Christmas Eve, he has no use for the holiday season. When his best friend’s widow arrives in Glacier Creek, Montana, determined to give her small daughter the fairy-tale Christmas she’s dreaming of, Cole is prepared to dislike her. He isn’t prepared for Joy and her daughter to insinuate their way into his life—and his heart. But when tragedy strikes, he needs a Christmas miracle to fulfill the one wish he never knew he wanted. 

Joy Holliday believes in miracles. 

She sees hummingbirds everywhere, and believes they are tiny messengers from Heaven. Despite losing her husband four years ago, she is determined not to dwell on the past, but to look to the future. Her entire world revolves around taking care of her daughter, Piper, and ensuring she has a magical Christmas. In Glacier Creek she finds Cole, a man still smarting from the wounds of his past, determined to keep happiness at arms’ length. Can she save Christmas and show him the promise of a future with her?

Titles in the Glacier Creek series include:  A Hummingbird Christmas

Title:  A Hummingbird Christmas
Series:  Glacier Creek #1
Author:  Karen Foley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 17, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

A Hummingbird Christmas is a delightful journey toward healing for a family destroyed by grief, some left over resentment and life lessons taught far too young.  Joy and her daughter Piper are heading to Montana to spend Christmas with her deceased husband’s parents and adopted brother.  It should be a journey of excitement and a fairy tale Christmas, instead it’s opening wounds that haven’t healed as Joy discovers that Matt’s Mon and Dad are far different back home than they are when they visit Joy and Piper in California.  Here in the beautifully rugged home they’ve built no mementos of a lost life can be found.  No photos of Matt, Joy or Piper grace the mantel place, no Christmas decorations appear anywhere, not even a tree.  Four years after his death, Matt’s parents are still in deep grief, their pain too intense to constantly view photos of what will never be again or to take over things that Matt always did, like picking out and putting up the Christmas tree.  His brother, Cole, still resents Joy for taking Matt away from Montana to  live in her California.  Taking away not only his adopted brother but his best friend.  On some level Cole believes that if she hadn’t lured Matt away then he’d still be alive today.  It’s not logical, it makes no sense to anyone but Cole.  Yet every time he looks at young Piper he sees Matt and his heart is slowly thawing.

Cole and Joy’s journey toward love and a new life is emotional, touching and filled with wonder and a touch of other-world magic.  There is only one species of hummingbird that lives in the Glacier Creek area.  And for some reason, even though sighting them is rare just about everywhere Joy looks she sees hummingbirds.  Matt had always said that hummingbirds are messengers from heaven, passing along hope and love to those left behind.  It’s a beautiful thought that Joy clings to while Cole and his parents question.

One near tragedy will set their romance back a bit, but the kind of love that can last a life time isn’t afraid to fight… and Joy will fight for what she believes is their future.  Cole needs to heal from so much, and letting Joy in is the beginning of that process.  All Piper wanted from Santa was a white Christmas, a puppy and a new daddy… looks like she just may get her wish.

I enjoyed A Hummingbird Christmas very much.  Loss touches every life at some point.  This story is part romance, part learning how to deal with loss and learn how to love once again.  It’s emotional, funny, sad and Christmas-y.  A perfect storm of a very special Christmas romance.  I’d recommend this story to any Romance reader who loves to get in at the beginning of a new series, and loves the hope and promise that Christmas Romances can bring.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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