The Fireman's Christmas Wish
by Nan Reinhardt
The Lange Brothers - Book 3
Release Date: October 18, 2022
Reviewed by PJ
Beck and Harley are characters who engaged my attention - and emotions - almost immediately. The chemistry between them is so obvious to the reader, if not to them. I love the friendship that has developed between them, a wonderful foundation upon which to build when those simmering romantic feelings begin to bubble. Their story brings an upbeat, humorous, sweetly romantic vibe as "Scrooge" Beck reluctantly allows Harley (who had to have been one of Santa's elves in a previous life) to drag him into Christmas events he has assiduously avoided since his divorce. It's so much fun to watch his bah-humbug personality gradually sweeten as he begins to remember all the reasons he used to embrace River's Edge's holiday traditions. And then there's the sweet, mischievous, tiny, abandoned kitten who claims his home and his heart. Plus, the guy bakes pies. Bakes! Pies! I mean, really, how could I not fall for him? Oh, I mean, Harley. How could Harley not fall for him? ;-)
There's plenty to smile about with Harley and Beck but the author wisely enrichens their story with complexities that also give them depth. There's the emotional baggage of Beck's failed marriage, Harley's deep desire for children of her own, plus family issues on both sides that bring complicated feelings into play. I love how both Harley and Beck are there for one another when things go sideways, bringing support, encouragement, and a safe place to land for the other. They may hit a few potholes on their way to a happy ending but these two are meant to be together. I know it, the author knows it, their families and friends know it, even the cat knows it, and now they know it too.
The Fireman's Christmas Wish is the third book in The Lange Brothers trilogy and the seventh book overall set in the town of River's Edge. Fans of the books will no doubt enjoy catching up with some of their favorite characters while readers new to River's Edge should have no trouble jumping in with The Fireman's Christmas Wish. Reinhardt recently announced that she'll be returning to this southern Indiana town for more heartwarming stories of laughter and love. I have to admit, I hope she never leaves!