Writing obituaries and selling advertising space isn't exactly what journalist Emma Collins dreams of doing. So the first big story she's assigned by her editor almost seems attractive. Doing a series of articles about the finalists in a fruitcake recipe contest isn't bad by itself, but being forced to fly to the interviews in a tiny deathtrap of a plane with Oliver Hamilton is almost more than Emma can take. She hates Christmas, she's terrified of flying and the last thing she needs in her life is an arrogant flyboy like Oliver. But he grows on her almost as quickly as the taste of fruitcake does, and, after spending time with the wonderful women she's writing about, Emma's thinking about Oliver and the holidays in an entirely different way.

No one pens a Christmas story like Macomber and this is one of her best. Sweet, witty and supremely heartfelt, it's truly special and guaranteed to warm even Scrooge's heart. (Nov., 256 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer