When high school basketball coach Evan Grant sees Rose Robbin watching the team practice, he fears the worst. Rose is known to the people of Alouette as "Wild Rose" because of her scandalous past, strange behavior and disreputable family. But Rose is not as wild as she seems and longs for a quiet life and a relationship with the basketball-playing son she gave up for adoption 16 years earlier.

Evan must win Rose's trust and weather the local gossip before he can have A Family Christmas (4.5) with Rose and his daughter Lucy. Carrie Alexander has created an intriguing heroine that you can't help but root for.
Reviewed by: 
Christine Merrill