His Holiday Prayer
Series: Hearts of Oklahoma #3
Published by Love Inspired
Publication Date December 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oklahoma Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
A new beginning could be closer than he thinks.
What he wants for Christmas…
may not be what he needs.
After receiving an unexpected job offer in Texas, widower Tucker Rainbolt decides he and his twins need a fresh start. But moving on means leaving his best friend, Jena Harper, and their vet clinic behind. For the first time, Tucker sees Jena as more than a buddy. What if leaving isn’t the answer? Maybe what he’s been missing has been right beside him the whole time…
From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Finding the Road Home , Ready to Trust
When I reviewed Ready to Trust, I ended it with the statement “…and can’t wait to see how Tucker overcomes his grief! I wonder if his story will be next…” Well, I was right. This is his story and I enjoyed it immensely.
Tucker finally had enough grief and daily reminders of his deceased wife and was ready for a fresh start. When the opportunity came for him to move to Texas to teach he pretty much made up his mind to accept immediately. Which crushed his best friend and veterinary clinic partner, Jena. I liked that Tuck was so oblivious about how devastating his move would be to his family and Jena. He didn’t realize that Jena already had significant abandonment issues and this made things so much worse for her!
Jena was great! This shy, introverted vet preferred animals over people and never gave much of a thought to her appearance. While she was perfectly capable of leading things at the office, she preferred to take a back seat to Tucker and let him handle things such as being the face of the clinic. Once she found out he was leaving, she knew something had to change. She showed great courage and seemed to have transformed, yet her insecurities never went away.
Jena had a dark secret that had been the cause of her fiancé leaving her. It was the reason her parents turned their backs on her. It ate at her, caused her to believe she wasn’t good enough for anyone and justified her introversion. I loved how Tucker reacted when he learned about it, hearing her pain but not judging her or hating her. The wisdom he shared as he pointed out that no sin is too big for Jesus to forgive – and if she thought He wouldn’t forgive her then she was mistaken!
Some of the things that especially made me smile, not counting the sweet romance between these best friends who discovered they were falling in love, were:
- Jena showing her cats squirrel videos
- The single guys in town reacting to Jena’s new style
- How Jena rescued the kitten and Tucker got his picture in the paper!
- Nolia and her eavesdropping!
If you enjoy romance, humor, animals, and changed lives, you need to read His Holiday Prayer.