Ashton isn’t the biggest fan of Christmas. She’s never felt like she truly belongs within her family or community; Christmas is an even bigger reminder of that. But all that is about to change!
Ashton receives a visit from an official-looking man who brings news of an inheritance left to her by her birth mother with whom she’s never met.
Curious and looking for answers Ashton flies to Florida to find out more. But she doesn’t bank on meeting Willow!
Willow has a big heart and from their first meeting, it’s clear that even though they are so different they are clearly made for each other!
Ashton is only in Florida for a few days but when you meet that right person at the right time you have to see where it leads. To Aston Willow feels like a gift and she’s a gift that she wants to keep.
Pros And My Favourite Parts
I really liked the fast pace in this book. It’s a perfect heart-warming, holiday read.
Ashton is a lovely character; she’s been through a lot and is constantly battling to be accepted for who she is. This makes her feel less than worthy but also it’s made her build some pretty high walls around herself for protection
Willow is sweet and kind and full of love, but she’s been hurt by her ex-girlfriend who made her feel unloved because of her curves. Willow has so much to give but is unsure of herself.
I really enjoyed the ‘fated love’ or ‘soulmates’ aspect of this book. The author did a great job at making me believe that these women are truly meant for each other and although they fell fast and hard for each other it was totally believable. Watching these women build each other up is very special!
I also love the body-positive message that the author got across in the story.
Willow’s mum is a fabulous character who had me chuckling on more than one occasion! She is one of those mums who has a heart of gold but likes to meddle and she kept me entertained throughout.
Cons And Heads Up
Aston loses her mum whom she’s never met, and her adoptive mother is homophobic.
This book is a great holiday read! it’s on the shorter side and can easily be read in one sitting which is perfect for this time of year. It’s super cute and has very low anguish so it leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy.
If you like heartwarming holiday stories that leave you believing in the magic of Christmas, then this one is for you.
It’s a story of finding the right person at the right time and being brave enough to put your heart on the line in order to be with that one person who is meant for you.
This story left my heart full and put a big smile on my face!
Excerpt from My Gift to You by Abigail Taylor
I stood on the stoop in front of Ms. Rowan’s house, but before announcing my arrival, I looked around for something I could use as a weapon if needed. I noticed a pot that housed a dead plant and a broom next to it. Deciding the broom wouldn’t be as awkward, I picked it up and knocked. In what seemed like no time, the door swung open, and a woman who looked like she could be Kurt Cobain’s and Ruby Rose’s love child answered.
She had that tomboy look down, wearing a white tank top, black ripped-up skinny jeans, and a checkered flannel shirt tied around her waist. Most of her head was shaved, giving her a tough girl look, but her light-brown eyes were soft and kind. She was an enigma, and I couldn’t stop staring.
Then a little smirk appeared on her face, and she said, “Are you here to sweep my porch?”
Startled by her low, sexy voice, I dropped the broom. She appeared amused by me, and I wanted to slink off and pretend I never came over here. But then I remembered what I was doing.
“I’m sorry. But… did you say your porch? Did you buy this house?”
She quirked an eyebrow as she leaned against the doorframe with one arm. “Actually, this was my mom’s house. I’m just cleaning it out.”
Aha! I’d caught her. “Wrong. Ms. Rowan didn’t have any children.” Pulling out my phone, I said, “You better try again, quickly, before I call the cops.”
Laughing, she tilted her head back before bringing her gorgeous eyes to mine. “You think I’m lying? Why don’t you tell me your theory as to why I’m here, then?”
I didn’t know the answer. That was why I’d come over in the first place. If I said something, it could just give her information.
“Look. I don’t know who you are, but I know that Ms. Rowan told my mom and me that she never had children and never married. Now that she’s passed, I don’t think having her things rifled through by a stranger is nice. Unless you have some sort of warrant, I don’t think you can be in there.”
That sounded like a legit thing to say, didn’t it? Although, what would she need a warrant for if the person was dead? Oh well, maybe she wouldn’t pick up on that.
“A warrant, yeah? Do you think I’m a cop? Was Ms. Rowan some sort of criminal?” She now crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes as if putting me in the hot seat.
“I don’t know what documentation you need, but you can’t be snooping through someone’s belongings without their permission, and since she isn’t here to give it, I’m asking you to leave for her.”
“Right. And may I ask who you are to Ms. Rowan?”
“A concerned neighbor. Please don’t make this harder than it has to be.”
She chuckled a bit and then reached for the door. “There’s nothing hard about it. I belong here, and you don’t, so you can see yourself off my property.”
Without another word, she closed the door in my face, and I stood there, stunned.
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Bits and Bobs
ISBN number: 979-8362643539
Publisher: Indie Author
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