My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wonderful book, delightful Christmas read.
The story takes place in the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah in 1910. Leanna McKee, born in Boston to wealthy parents, marries for love and follows her gambling husband to Castle Gate. While Jack works at the mine, Leanna finds a job as a school teacher. After an accidental death of her husband, young widow plans on leaving the city and move to San Francisco. Leanna is too proud to return to her family in Boston and to ask for their financial help. And finally the light at the end of the tunnel – Greek family offers Leanna a temporary job, to look after their 2 young kids. The pay is very generous and it’s enough money to buy a ticket to San Francisco. Leanna happily accepts the job.
Weeks go by and the young widow gets attached to the kids and to Pappa’s family, especially to children’s uncle – Alex. Greek family is happy to see young American in their circle, but Alex’s parents want to see their son with a Greek woman and they arrange his marriage. Although, it’s too late. The young couple is in love and plans to tie the knot and move to San Francisco where they can start their new life together. However not only Pappa’s family can’t accept Alex and Leanna’s union, Americans dislike Leanna’s attachment to the Greek family as well. During the Christmas Eve, they make an attempt on setting Pappa’s restaurant on fire. Will this be an end to Alex and Leanna’s love affair?
An amazing set of characters. I was very happy to learn a little about Greek and their holiday traditions. The book is about hope, friendship, love, and forgiveness.