School Nurse/Social Worker Mallory Phillips moves to the quiet town of Chandlerville, Georgia where she, basically, wants to be alone. She puts up a beautiful Christmas tree, as she never had one of her own when she was growing up, but imagine her surprise when she discovers she’s not alone. A 7 year old girl, Polly, has found her way into Mallory’s home in the middle of the night. A young girl who is staying within her own cocoon and not talking to anyone, except her new friend Mallory.
Polly’s story touches Mallory’s heart like nothing she ever expected. Polly’s mother has passed away and her father, Pete, is trying as hard as he can to make things right. However, as far as Polly is concerned, nothing will ever be the same again without her mother. Since Mallory never knew her mother, Polly feels safe with her. She doesn’t have to pretend to be okay. At the same time, Mallory is fighting her own demons after her mother walked away from her when she was just a child.
Pete is at a loss how to deal with his daughter and finds himself drawn to Mallory, but she’s keeping her own heartbreak hidden. He’s determined to bring a bit of happiness to both Polly and Mallory and maybe even find some of his own.
This is a touching, heartwarming story which is perfect for this time of the year. It will grab onto your heart and not want to let go. It’s the first in a series and the next one looks to be just as much of an emotional ride as this one. These are sweet, loving characters who readers will want to have their “happily-ever-after”.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book through the library. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.