Acclaimed author Shelley Shepard Gray tells a heartwarming story of unlikely love featuring the beloved characters from her Seasons of Sugarcreek series in this wonderfully charming novel that captures the spirit and magic of Christmas.
Judith Graber has always been the obedient daughter, the sibling with a sound head and a soft, understanding shoulder. When her older brother Josh struggled to find love, she offered wise counsel. When her younger brother Caleb considered leaving their order, she helped keep him on a righteous path. Through the years, she's watched over her younger siblings, helped around the house, and worked in the family store. But this holiday season, the usually cheerful Judith feels overworked, overlooked, and underappreciated.
Then she meets Ben Knox, her father's new employee and Sugarcreek's own "bad boy." Two years ago he left the order under a cloud of shame that only intensified with rumors that his rumspringa was filled with more than the usual harmless explorations.
The busy holiday season means long hours together, and soon sparks flare—an attraction Judith is determined to ignore. She's not going to be another of Ben's heartbroken conquests. But there's more to Ben than meets the eye, and he's going to prove it to this lovely, standoffish girl.
Judith needs a fresh start. Ben wants a clean beginning. Could this Christmas season bring new life—and love—for the unlikeliest pair in Sugarcreek?