By Kaylie Newell
Genres: #Romance #HolidayRomance #ChristmasRomance
My Rating: 5
Publication: November 1st 2018
Read: October 19th 2018 (ARC provided via Netgalley)
POV: Third-person dual pespectives
Series: The Harlow Brothers: Tanner’s Promise; Luke’s Gift
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Luke’s Gift Synopsis:
After serving in the Army, Luke Harlow returns home in time for the holidays to help his brothers raise their twelve-year-old half-sister. With his new job as Marietta’s police officer, Luke finds himself in the middle of a festive mystery that the entire town will want solved before Christmas morning.
Mary Best is Marietta Courier’s most promising young reporter. When she starts spending time with sexy Luke Harlow to write an article about his heroic military service, she begins to suspect there’s more to this new police recruit than meets the eye. He’s kind, generous, and very mysterious. When anonymous gifts start appearing around town for people in need, Mary knows there’s a story there. A magical one. It doesn’t take long for the breadcrumbs to lead right back to Luke.
As the gifts pile up, so does everyone’s urge to unmask Marietta’s secret Santa. Luke is deeply private, and Mary is deeply curious- opposites who’ll find themselves tumbling toward each other amidst the snowy backdrop of a town fully embraced in the spirit of Christmas. But when Mary uncovers Luke’s secret, will she be able to bury her reporter’s instincts for the sake of love? And will Luke finally be able to trust someone with his heart?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Luke’s Gift was a sweet story with likable characters. The premise was a bit predictable but I didn’t mind that. Watching Luke and Mary grow into something more than friendship was sweet. I inferred pretty quickly that these two characters would not have an easy time trying to develop anything more than friendship. Yes, there is a bit of angst if you’re wondering.
Luke is back from his stint in the military trying to find purpose with his life. He has a job, a home, and his younger brother and sister to keep him grounded. But something is still missing. While Luke does not suffer with typical PTSD, he did not come home from war unscathed. He is more than just a decent man. Luke is caring, generous, and loyal. I liked him a lot. But he has secrets. Secrets that he keeps from Mary.
Mary loves Marietta and her job at the local paper as a journalist. When she is offered a job in New York City; she becomes insecure about leaving Montana. And at the same time, Katie is looking for more in her life and career. She is torn with what to do.
When Mary and Luke meet, their connection is immediate and strong. But because she may be leaving town, and Luke is still trying to adjust to civilian, they are hesitant to start anything. That said, their feelings for each other begin to grow strong despite them taking things slow. And there is that secret that Luke is keeping that just might push them apart for good.
Or maybe it will bring them together. You’ll just have to read the book to find out.
If you know me, then you know I love the books Tule publishing releases having to do with Marietta, Montana. If you’ve read the books about Marietta, Montana from Tule that are Christmas romances, then you know this town goes all out. And that was where my only disappointment with this book lies. Aside from a date at the Graff, Mary and Luke did not partake in the usual Marietta Christmas activities, such as the Stroll. I missed that.
Regardless of what was missing, I did enjoy reading this book. It was a good story to help put me in the Christmas spirit.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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