Review; Christmas Past by Mary Burton

I recieved a press copy of the novella Christmas Past by Mary Burton way back. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton comes a captivating tale of romantic suspense set in the heart of a rugged winter . . .

Photographer Nicole Piper moved to Virginia hoping to put a troubled past behind her and start fresh with her baby daughter. But those hopes are dashed when she receives a very unwelcome Christmas gift—from her late husband. It’s a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer’s identity. The victim had helped save Nicole’s life—and paid with her own. Nicole owes it to her to follow the letter’s trail, and perhaps put to rest the fear that stalks her once and for all. But she can’t do it alone.

When Homicide Detective David Ayden first met Nicole, he was looking for a fresh start too. Widowed and raising two teenage boys, Nicole was the only woman who’d stirred his interest—and the attraction was mutual. But that was months ago and she wasn’t ready to trust again. Maybe she still isn’t. All that matters now is that she needs his help—even if it means embarking on a road trip that will take them both into the heart of danger—and desire . . .

My Thoughts on the Book
Christmas Past is a fast and engaging read, where at least I ended up rooting for Nicole considering her background. I only wish this was a full-length novel rather than a novella, as the plot was interesting and complex enough that it could have benefited from some extra pages.

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