Jemma Banks hasn’t seen her father in over a decade since he divorced her mother and moved in with another woman. Jemma and her sister have not forgiven their father and have had very little contact but when he is injured he asks one of them to come help him when released from the hospital. Jemma knows her sister will never make the trip to Marietta, MT where their father is living and since she can work remotely she grudgingly volunteers.
After arriving in Marietta Jemma meets her father’s physical therapist, EJ Corpa, who seems to be very close to her father. EJ had bounced around foster homes as a child and finally put down roots in the small town and found himself becoming friends and looking up to Jemma’s father. Seeing her father through EJ’s eyes Jemma tries to finally mend their relationship all the while spending time with the sexy physical therapist.
Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell is the second book in the Holiday at the Graff series by various authors. The series is set in the charming small town of Marietta, MT at their local hotel with each book featuring a new couple coming together on a different holiday. The series can be read as standalone books if choosing to although there are always glimpses into the small town that is featured in many romance series.
As much as I wanted to love this book set in Marietta since I normally do enjoy the read centered there this one just wasn’t for me unfortunately. I found myself getting off on the wrong foot with Jemma with her constant complaining about her father. The theme was that he had left his daughters behind but Jemma was the younger of the two at fifteen and I would think since he had tried keeping in touch at some point they would have seen that divorce did not mean leaving them but an unhappy marriage. It just rubbed me the wrong way to still harbor ill feelings when he’d done his best but had been pushed away. In the end I’d give this one 2.5 stars but I’m sure others would still enjoy the romance a bit more than I did.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.