Dailey's charming Christmas tale sparkles with romance when a small-town schoolteacher meets a charming widower, and together, they discover the power of unconditional love. The plot is smoothly written and expertly paced, forming a novel that is the perfect holiday read.

School music teacher Eve Rowland considers herself a plain Jane, as romance always seems to elude her. When she meets Luck McClure, after his son's baseball crashes through her car window, she is immediately attracted to the handsome man and his son, Toby. Their romance develops when Eve helps Luck care for Toby, as their lakeside homes are nearby one another. As Luck learns that he can open his heart after the death of his wife six years prior, he and Eve develop a romance based upon love and trust. But will their love be strong enough to weather the ghost of Luck's deceased wife and Eve's insecurities about Luck's former marriage? (Zebra, Oct., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick