Title: A Cedar Key Christmas (from Holiday Magic)
Author: Terri DuLong
About: (Goodreads synopsis) Single mom Josie Sullivan is proud of her young daughter, Orli, for helping local fisherman Mr. Al restore his crumbling home. And when Mr. Al’s nephew, Ben, pays a visit, Josie realizes just how much Christmas magic one good deed can bring.
Descriptive Words: Feel good Christmas season story
Thoughts: When one of Cedar Key’s senior citizens faces losing his home and being placed in a nursing home he finds out he has more friends than he realized. Led by one eleven year old girl (Orli) and her mother, Josie, the good people of the small Florida island community pull together to help Mr. Al. They need to convince his nephew Ben that Mr. Al is capable of living on his own. First, Josie needs to lose the chip on her shoulder that keeps getting in the way of her relationships – including the one with Ben.
Terri DuLong’s sweet Christmas season novella introduces characters and brings back old friends from previous Cedar Key novels. I enjoyed them all and hope to read more about Josie and Ben in a future Cedar Key novel.
Source: Kensington Books, Terri DuLong
Recommend? Yes, to fans of the series as well as Christmas/holiday fiction. It’s part of Holiday Magic which also contains novellas by Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb and Mary Carter. I plan to read the rest of the collection in December.