Friday, February 24, 2017

Christmas Wishes by Mary Manners

When attorney Riley Harper comes home to Maple Ridge following the death of his grandfather, the last thing he expects to find is Kaylee McKenna living in his grandparents' guesthouse. Though he and Kaylee were once best friends, Riley cannot find it in his heart to forgive her for the death of his mother. His heart, full of bitterness and resentment, has room for little else. Kaylee has no time to dwell on events of the past, especially where Riley's concerned; she's too busy raising her six-year-old niece, Rosie, and working as an ER nurse. With Christmas quickly approaching, her days are spent helping with charity events and filling the wishes on Rosie's Christmas list. But when Rosie's father makes an unexpected visit, Kaylee must call on Riley's legal expertise to ensure Rosie of a safe and secure future. Will Rosie's special Christmas wish heal Riley's damaged heart and bind the trio together as a forever-family?


Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime sharing her joy of writing. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim. 

A former teacher as well an intermediate school principal, Mary spent three decades teaching math and English to students from kindergarten through middle grades. While growing up in Chicago and as a student at the University of Illinois, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, figure skating instructor, pizza chef, and nanny. Many of these experiences led to adventures that may be found between the pages of her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs—she’s completed three marathons—ocean sunsets and flavored coffee.

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My Review

 After the death of his grandfather Riley goes back home to Maple Ridge to help his grandmother and to see what he needs in his life . He knows one thing he is ready for a change. The last person he think s he will see there would be Kaylee. The one person he can never forgive is her over the death of his mother. Kaylee has her own issues  her father going to prison then dying.  A brother and his girlfriend having a child and not worthy to raise so Kaylee is raising her.  Kaylee's brother shows up at her doorstep wanting to see his daughter. No matter what Kaylee needs the help of Riley to give her good advice what to do about legal guardianship. She can't lose  little Rosie now. Rosie has a special Christmas in mind also. Will Rosie get her wish she asked santa for?  
Really a sweet story.  Such great well developed characters. Another great novella by Mary Manners. 

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