"Facing some difficult challenges at Christmas season."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted October 7, 2021
Romance Contemporary | Romance Holiday
KEEP ME WARM AT CHRISTMAS is a story about survival and survivors. Life doesn’t always follow a gilded path, and most of the time we spend it avoiding land mines. Count ourselves very fortunate when we leap over an unfortunate obstacle lying in wait on our path to our future... The stories in the Silver Spring series by Brenda Novak are about folks who didn’t dare to dream about perfection. They were busy looking for any semblance of normalcy in a life that so far had barely a glance of it.
Aiyanna and her Horizons school were a look into what life could be for lots of disadvantaged young people. The Silver Springs series showcases many of Aiyanna’s success stories, following the paths of her eight adopted sons. Each of these young men counted themselves as very fortunate to have landed at Horizon. Not only did they find a purpose, but they found love and acceptance thanks to Aiyanna.
In KEEP ME WARM AT CHRISTMAS we spend time with one of the sons, Seth, who is the artist. Seth has become quite well-known with a very lucrative career as an artist and sculptor. But most importantly, Seth has found a family with Aiyanna and his seven brothers.
Seth had also found the love of his life but unfortunately, his wife had died early on in their marriage leaving him facing still another struggle in his life. Seth’s mother had abandoned him to the system making him feel unlovable. Then his wife passes on taking his heart with her. Seth is left to once again distrust loving someone. It leaves you too vulnerable. Seth would rather concentrate on his career.
Life sometimes deals you a hand you are uncomfortable with and just in time for the Christmas season Seth is back at home to work with some kids at the Horizon school. He welcomes the invitation from his friend, Maxi, to use his house while back at Silver Springs. However, Maxi has also extended an invitation to another friend also in need of a place of safety. Tia is recovering from an awful car accident that truly threatens her future as a rising young actress. The injury to her face is extensive. The injury to her confidence equally so. So Tia welcomes the chance to hide away at Maxi’s while she contemplates what road her future now follows.
Neither Seth nor Tia was happy with the situation of having their space invaded.
Sometimes life hands you an opportunity too good to pass up. Neither of these two folks is looking forward to Christmas. But Aiyanna and her family just keep upping the ante. And before you know it both Seth and Tia start to feel as if the seasonal spirit just might provide some respite to their challenges.
Brenda Novak always creates well-developed characters that have enormous appeal and staying power. Such is the case in KEEP ME WARM AT CHRISTMAS. There is even a hilarious parrot who plays an enjoyable supporting role.
Maybe this Christmas can thaw his frozen heart—and heal hers.
Hollywood starlet Tia Beckett knows one moment can change your life. Her career had been on the fast track before a near-fatal accident left her with a debilitating facial scar. Certain her A-lister dreams are over, she agrees to house-sit at her producer’s secluded estate in Silver Springs. It’s the escape from the limelight Tia’s been craving, until she discovers she’s not the only houseguest for the holidays. And her handsome new roomie is impossible to ignore.
Artist Seth Turner has good reason to keep his distance. Losing his wife after only a few years of marriage has left a deep scar, even if he is still happy to spend a semester teaching art classes at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens. Despite nursing her own wounds, Tia finds her curiosity piqued by enigmatic Seth, whom she recognizes as something of a kindred soul. Maybe spending Christmas together could be another game changer for both of them—this time, for good.
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