If Only In My Dreams by Mariah Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a perfect little holiday novella, originally published as part of a Christmas anthology and now released on its own. I loved the second chance aspect of the story, when two soul mates find each again after many years.
Quinn and Cale had fallen deeply in love as teenagers and against their parents’ wishes were planning to elope after high school graduation, but because of a huge misunderstanding, both thought the other had changed their mind. Feeling hurt and rejected, each went on with their lives, never really forgetting the other.
Now Cale has a baseball career prematurely ended by injury and an ex-wife who left him and their twin five-year-old sons. He’s going to spend the holidays at his sister’s cabin in their Montana hometown, trying to connect with the children he barely knows and make a Christmas holiday that’s special for them out in the wilderness without TV and video games, a feat that turns out to be harder than he thought.
And Quinn, who now writes and illustrates children’s books, has returned to the same Montana hometown to spend the holidays with her family and take a break before starting up a temporary teaching position. She never dreamt that Cale would be home and that she’d end up being stranded in a snowstorm with him and his boys at the cabin for days on end. Or that getting to know the boys and find ways to entertain them would be more fun than she’s had in a long time. Or that spending time with her only true love would still be incredibly wonderful. If only they could figure out what went wrong all those years ago.
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. And, the perfect song by one of my favorite singers to listen to while reading this sweet Christmas story!