I had the great pleasure to read my friend Liz Flaherty's 2018 contribution to the Heartwarming Christmas collection. THE DARK HORSE: A Christmas Carousel Story was my first Christmas read this season and it was a joy to read. I hope you enjoy my review.
Widowed Chloe Brewton has made a life for herself in Christmas Town, Maine, teaching literature and being the drama coach at the high school. Although she’d loved her husband and their life in the army, she doesn’t really want to start over with someone else, but when she meets Major Row Welcome, in Christmas Town to spend the holiday month with relatives and decide about his future, she feels stirrings of old wishes for happily-ever-after. The attraction is mutual, although the last thing Row wants is to try marriage again, plus he’s about as interested in having a family as…well, he isn’t. But then there’s Connor Michaud and his three younger siblings. Oh, no. What now in Christmas Town?
"The Dark Horse" is a beautiful story about heartbreak and hope, and finding family when you least expect it. A story about a place called Christmas Town, where Christmas magic reigns supreme, could come off as kitschy, but in Liz Flaherty's capable hands, the story has just enough grit mixed with the magic to create the perfect balance. I loved Row and Chloe's story, and I so enjoyed watching these two scarred people fall in love. Can't wait to read more stories in this series!