Well known for her emotionally charged novels set on the New England seashore, Rice pens a Christmas story of love and redemption set in New York City. Christy Byrne, a widowed Nova Scotia tree farmer, returns to New York to sell Christmas trees.
But Christy has another mission in mind: finding Danny, his runaway teenage son. While combing the city, he makes the acquaintance of Catherine Tierney, a young librarian scarred by the death of her husband several Christmases ago. As Catherine and Christy become friends, she must decide whether to reveal a secret about Danny's disappearance and risk losing Christy's trust.
Rice's lyrical writing shines throughout this poignant novel. The burgeoning romance between Christy and Catherine reveals love's true healing power. Rice is a genuine treasure in the genre of women's fiction. (Nov., 224 pp., $15.00)