by Lorin Grace
Series: Friday Night Art Society #2
Published by Currant Creek Press
Publication Date December 11th 2017
Genres: Christmas, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
One shattered window. Two bruised hearts. And twelve days until Christmas.
Tessa Doyle’s semester in Europe left her a much wiser woman, she thought. But then she takes a job referral from her ex. Because it is Christmas and the stained-glass window is the last work she will need for her MFA, Tessa agrees to repair the stained-glass window. With a two-week deadline, she will have no time for anything else, especially men.
Sean Cavanagh’s Christmas season has lost all its cheer. Nothing has gone according to his plans for Christmas since the drone broke the window. Now organ pipes are missing, and a blizzard is threatening to cancel what could be Granda’s last sermon.
With a little magic and a lot of snow, Tessa and Sean work together to repair not just a window, but also their hearts.
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I’ve read a few books lately that were a little too formulaic and not well written lately, and therefore Mending Christmas was a very pleasant and refreshing change. You don’t know what books they are, because they didn’t meet my criteria for getting reviewed here. This story has depth and good character development, along with an interesting plot.
Lorin Grace wrote some great characters into this story. Aside from Tessa and Sean, who needed to be strong, lovable characters, Sean’s grandfather was a perfect third generation Irish preacher who loved his community and was loved by all. And who was charmingly meddlesome when it came to his grandson’s love life (or lack thereof). He was a packrat of epic proportions and had a sweet tooth that caused his family lots of grief.
Another great character was Sean’s friend, the owner of the pub, who pretended to be Irish and could only fake the accent for a few minutes at a time.
There was quite a bit of detail in the book about stained glass and the lengths that Tessa needed to go to in order to repair the window that had been damaged in the church. Her search for just the right replacement glass and why she couldn’t use just any colored glass was very interesting.
It was also interesting to get a feel for organ repair and just what a huge pipe organ is like to maintain. I had never really thought about it and the mess, but I won’t be able to hear an organ now without thinking about Sean covered in cobwebs.
The scene at the park when Sean and Tessa were asked to take part in the filming was a favorite. It wasn’t necessarily anything surprising (and shouldn’t have been), but the execution of it was well done.
The ending was just right, and the timing was very good as well. I won’t go into more details than that so I don’t spoil your fun.
My one “complaint” is that there was an allusion to some kind of bad thing that Sean had done during his college years beyond just partying, but nothing more was ever said about it. Either we shouldn’t have gotten that hint, or it should have come out somehow.
The first line of the book is:
Araceli dropped her backpack on the kitchen table. “I hate finals!”
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