Keep Me at Christmas by Lucinda Whitney – Book Review, Preview

Posted June 30, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Snow seeds. That’s what my husband called the lovely snowflakes had I cut out with my Sunday School class and affixed to the dining room window. Considering the fact that we had been living in Springfield, Oregon for the past 6 years and in that time rarely got anything more than flurries, it was a humorous thought.

And then it began to snow. And snow. And snow.

We ended up with over 6 inches of snow that New Year’s Day. Which probably doesn’t sound like a lot to some folks, but for this Southern California raised girl, it was practically a blizzard. And it did pretty much shut down the entire Willamette Valley for a couple of days. It was so much fun to watch everyone’s reactions. The neighbors who had lived in colder climates were all out shoveling their driveways and sidewalks. Those of us who could barely even spell “snow” just played in it, wondering, “Why in the world should we shovel when it would all melt soon enough?”

Keep Me at Christmas by Lucinda Whitney – Book Review, Preview

Keep Me At Christmas

by Lucinda Whitney

Series: Romano Family #4
Series Rating:
Published by Lange House Press
Publication Date May 31, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: New York, Portugal Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 262


Can the magic of the season keep them together beyond Christmas?

When Luciana Romano arrives in Hudson Springs, New York, her plan is to complete her restoration job at the museum so she can return home to her family in time for Christmas. But a blizzard grounds all flights, and she finds herself stranded. The DiLorenzo family offers her a place to stay, and she accepts their hospitality. But the unexpected attraction between her and the quiet, good-looking son makes it hard to want to leave.

Jack DiLorenzo is stuck. Managing the family’s Italian café is not what he’d planned to do with his life, but his sense of duty won’t let him quit. When his grandmother invites a Portuguese woman to stay with them, Jack feels something he hasn’t felt for a long time: hope. He knows he shouldn’t get close to Luciana since she’s leaving as soon as the airport opens, but he can’t help himself.

Yet as the magic of the season begins to work on them, he wonders how he can let go of the woman who’s awakened his heart.

The Romano Family series follows the stories of the Romano cousins of northern Portugal as they find love and their Happily-Ever-Afters.

Current books in the Romano Family series:- Book 1- Hold Me At Twilight- Book 2- Meet Me At Sunrise (also part of the Destined for Love: Europe series)- Book 3- Love Me At Sunset (also part of the Destined for Love: Mansions series) - Book 4- Keep Me At Christmas (also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts series) - Book 5- Kiss Me At Midnight (coming soon)

Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:— Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong— Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney— Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel— The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington— Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer— Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske— If the Suit Fits by Sally Johnson — Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Love Me at Sunset, Kiss Me At Midnight

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Being from Portugal, Luciana had never been in the snow before this trip to New York to help with preparing a textile display at a museum in a small town upstate. She got to go from no snow to more than she could imagine. I loved how she was so willing to try new things there. Skiing, ice skating…

The small town that Luciana visited was so lovely. The Christmas decorations made it feel so homey. I’ve always thought it would be so nice to visit a small town at Christmas time to experience the lights and the festive atmosphere. Keep Me At Christmas not only brought me to a lovely small town but added in a bonus of an attractive, romantic Italian baker!

Jack was cautious about risking his heart after a bad experience two years previous, but Luciana managed to break down all his defenses. He had a heart of gold – bringing bread to those trapped by the blizzard and shoveling snow to help them as well.

Jack’s sweet, meddling Mamma and Nonna were lovely. Nonna struggled a little with English, which resulted in some cute things that she said. I love the way Jack treated them both with such kindness and respect.

I liked the fact that Jack’s and Luciana’s families were both large, European families, one from Italy and the other from Portugal. I also really appreciated how close they were to their relatives, with a special bond. Both were nursing hurts, Jack for what had been, Luciana for what never was.

While sometimes it is fun to read stories with big dramatic plots, murders, and major conflicts, I really enjoy stories like this one as well, where the conflict can be as simple as learning to trust after being hurt and dealing with living on separate continents. This was a very sweet and enjoyable story.


Preview of Keep Me At Christmas

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