Celia Batista waited a long time for all three of her sons to be together for Christmas. But after one of her identical twins disappears without a trace, Celia must rely on Police Captain Luke Veldkamp for help. Despite Luke’s accusations that her other twin son is involved with organized crime, she falls for the handsome, Stetson wearing cop.
Luke Veldkamp is facing his first Christmas after the loss of his wife, working nonstop to avoid the holidays and his grief. His daughter, who’d moved home to care for her mom before her passing, pushes him to face his pain. Luke pushes back, telling her to return to college and regain her own life. If his own strife isn’t enough, the mission to locate the missing son of his beautiful neighbor grows more personal than any other case.
While Luke and Celia fight to keep their families from falling apart, they find comfort and strength in one another. And when love blooms between their children, Luke and Celia’s own relationship takes root and grows. But Celia is used to living on her own terms, and loving a man who has isolated his heart is a risk too great. Now, Luke must either confront his emotions or face a life without the woman he’s come to love.
Published October 20th 2020
Set in 3rd person This Christmas starts in the office of Luke Veldkamp, the Captain of the police department, as he is leaving for the night at home. Once home, he sees that his daughter, Kenna not left work yet.
The evening starts off good but soon hits a sour note as he notices that Kenna has put all his wife’s Christmas decorations up overcome by grief he snaps at her to put them back in the basement
Wakes next morning to a headache and feelings of guilt after a workout he put Christmas decorations back up and starts the coffee maker up alerted to noise from garage he investigates to find Kenna welding apologies accepted they talk.
The Reader is first introduced to Celia as she is relaxing in chair next to heater at ski resort while her 3 sons are skiing. She is cozying up with a nice book she sets to read Luke walk over from desk and they make small talk, resulting in Luke leaving.
Couple days later, with a full-on blizzard outside after not hearing from her son, Alex for most of the day calling him gets no answer she can’t shake something isn’t right and calls the PD.
After 24 hours and still no word Celia and Luke work together to find out what has happened.
How will everything turn out? Only one way to find out…
I have to say that it love the cover for This Christmas. It make you want to be there!
Straight away This Christmas is a medium-paced story that holds your attention. It is well written with an creative description that paints a clear picture. The flow throughout is good with great character development.
I like that there isn’t a rush in the relationship between Celia and Luke and that there are interesting twists which keeps you on your toes.
I would recommend This Christmas as warm tale of finding love it is a good book cosy up in a blanket and read.
Check my review out of the second book in the series, A Beautiful Fall.