Talia Gregory relies on her Nan for everything, especially helping her calm the anxiety that controls her life. But Nan gets sick, and it couldn’t be worse timing. Talia’s panic attacks are getting worse, her boyfriend is a jerk, her best friend is distant, her parents are more absent than usual and she’s stuck planning the Cozy Christmas Charity Drive for her knitting group in place of Nan. If that’s not panic inducing enough, enter Lachlan.
Lachlan McCreedy doesn’t rely on anyone. Not after what he’s been through. It’s him and Gram, nothing else matters but keeping his past buried, and his secrets hidden. So when Gram forces him to help with her Christmas sale, Talia is the last thing he expected, and trusting her with his secrets comes as a shock to both of them. But when he unexpectedly falls for her, the question becomes can he trust her with his heart?
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This book is one of the cutest things I have ever read, and that’s saying a lot. It’s the debut baby of my genius cover artist, AllieBrennan, and I’m so glad I moved it up my list.
I was immediately drawn into Talia’s panic-driven world. I wanted to hug her, tuck her into my heart, and strip her of all her fears. With her sweetheart personality, it was heart-wrenching to see her suffer. But panic attacks are something that so many do suffer from, I appreciated this subject being brought to light. Though I do actually knit (I’m terrible at it) and crochet (pretty good at it), I wasn’t sure how I’d respond to the knitting aspect being such a big part of the novel, but I loved it. It was a great addition to the story, wonderfully unique. I was pleasantly entertained by each of the ladies Talia meets with. Nan and Georgina both made me laugh, made me cry. I have only one grandmother that I’m close with, but we live so far away. This story made me miss her terribly.
Lachlan was what I like to call a real dream. He was incredibly real and honest and hooked me from the get-go, but he’s a dream because he’s a dream. Duh. He’s cute and kind. Can be an ass at times, but what guy isn’t? And come on, girls. We can admit that the jerky part of a guy makes us swoon sometimes. Even prudish little jock-hater me can appreciate the swoon-worthiness of a guy being a guy. My heart also broke for Lachlan and the suffering her went through as a child.
What started as a classic case of two broken people finding each other became so much more. The characters were deep. They brought me to tears and wrenched at my heart more times than I can remember. For me, this novel was a slow read, which is not to mean that it was long and/or dreary. The opposite actually. When I term a novel a “slow read” it simply means that the story was so beautiful, I took my time reading it and digested every delicious word. I didn’t rush through paragraphs of inner monologue to get to the dialogue, I enjoyed it all.
If you haven’t put this on your to-read, do it now. And if you can, I suggest moving it up the list. You won’t regret it.
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Oopsy, I forgot to add one of my favorite quotes:
She puts my arm in her lap and runs both her hands up and down it. The sensation is tormenting me, the mixture of desire for her to keep going and the pain of the memories those scars hold is too much... Talia drops my arm and my heart falls with it. There's no turning back now.