Title: One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Length: 400 pages
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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Christmas Sisters and A Wedding in December comes this sparkling tale of Christmas redemption…
For sisters Samantha and Ella Mitchell, Christmas is their most precious time of the year. But this year, they’ll be buying presents for the most unexpected guest of all—their mother. It’s been five years since they last saw each other. But when their mom calls out of the blue, Samantha and Ella cautiously agree to spend Christmas all together in the beautiful Scottish Highlands…
Gayle Mitchell is at the top of her career, but her success has come at a price—her relationship with her daughters. Her tough-love approach to parenting was designed to make them stronger, but instead managed to push them away…until a brush with her own mortality forces Gayle to make amends.
As the snowflakes fall on their first family celebration in years, the Mitchell women must learn that sometimes facing up to the past is all you need to heal your heart…
One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan is a delightful holiday novel about family, forgiveness and love.
Gayle Mitchell is a successful career woman but she has no personal life. She has worked hard to build her business but she is estranged from her two daughters Samantha and Ella. Following an accident, Gayle begins rethinking her past choices. She would like to reconnect with Samantha and Ella but is it too late for them to fix their fractured relationship?
Samantha is the oldest and she continues to look out for her younger sister. Although they live in different states, they are still quite close and Samantha is a frequent visitor at Ella’s house. Samantha is the owner of travel company that focuses on holiday vacations. She spends long hours working but she is close to her employees. Shocked to learn of Gayle’s accident, Samantha rushes to her mother’s bedside.
Ella is married to a wonderful man and they are parents to their inquisitive daughter Tabitha. Ella and Michael are deeply in love and she is very content with her life. Unlike her much more contained sister, she is quick to express her feelings but she does shy away from confrontation. Despite Samantha’s attempts to protect her, Ella makes arrangements to see Gayle.
Ella and Samantha’s interactions with their mother are awkward as they tiptoe around their estrangement and the secrets Ella is keeping. Both are absolutely shocked when Gayle expresses her desire to spend Christmas together. However, Ella and Samantha’s attempts to avoid spending the holiday with their mother fail miserably. And due to Ella’s white lie, they are traveling to Scotland for Christmas.
Samantha reluctantly makes arrangements to visit a possible vacation destination in Scotland. The estate and property are breathtakingly beautiful and absolutely perfect for her business. As the lovely surroundings and the McKintyre family work their magic, Ella, Samantha and Gayle try to heal the rift between them. And as Samantha helps plan their joint venture, will she unexpectedly find love?
One More for Christmas is a heartwarming holiday novel with a slight romantic element. Gayle is a little difficult to like initially, but she undergoes a wonderful transformation over the course of the story. Ella is fun-loving but she needs to learn to stand up for herself. Samantha comes to an uncomfortable conclusion about herself and she takes steps to change some aspects of her life. The Scottish highlands are vibrantly brought to life and serve as a gorgeous backdrop for this heartfelt story. Sarah Morgan brings this marvelous novel to a sigh-worthy and uplifting conclusion. A lovely holiday read that I recommend to fans who enjoy family-centric novels.