A lighthearted, decidedly modern retelling of the Christmas story, this is vintage Macomber. Its charm and humor are balanced by the emotional impact of heroine Mary Jo's situation, and many readers will find it irresistible.

On Christmas Eve, Mary Jo Wyse comes to Cedar Cove seeking David Rhodes, her baby's father. There are no hotel rooms available, but Grace and Cliff Harding kindly offer the single mother-to-be accommodations above their stable for the night.

When Mary Jo goes into labor, there's still no sign of David, but paramedic Mack McAfee attends to her, just before her brothers Linc, Mel and Ned -- the three Wyse men -- arrive on the scene. And that's just fine with Mary Jo, who's very amenable to the idea of getting to know Mack better after the holidays! (MIRA, Oct., 288 pp., $16.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer