What began as an impersonal-but-cheerful holiday gift for a soldier far from home becomes so much more...Sergeant Tate McAuliffe, stationed in Afghanistan, opens his Christmas care package from Australia and is stunned by both its contents and the sender.Fun-loving Christmas tree designer Layla Preston is a breath of fresh air for loner Tate. Although they’ve never met, their email friendship quickly develops and their feelings for each other deepen.But Layla knows the heartache that loving a soldier can bring and when Tate is injured, her deep-seated fear drives them apart. With their relationship in tatters, can Layla and Tate work through their differences, so Layla can welcome Tate home for Christmas?
I received a copy of this story for an honest review from NetGalley.
Sergeant Tate McAuliffe feels no joy at the holidays, a rough childhood ripped that feeling away from him. But when a thoughtful Christmas care package reaches him in Afghanistan a dormant spark of hope is lit.
Layla Preston may have lost both her parents and soldier brother, but a lifetime of loving memories encourages her to reach out to a fellow Aussie serving in the military at Christmas. What starts as an act of kindness grows into a meaningful friendship and promising relationship.
Can the two put aside past hurts for a real future together when the soldier finally comes home?
What I Loved: Layla and Tate are lovely leads and I appreciated author Fiona Greene providing not only a POV for each character but their e-mail correspondence to each other. The e-mails helped transition the character over time and show the development of their feelings.
What I Didn't Love: This is a sweet romance. That said, I would have loved a smidge more heat between Layla and Tate. I don't need sex in a story but if a couple is building a permanent connection I would like to at least feel their is some form of passion between them.
"Eyes closed, heart pounding, she dropped her clutch and hugged him back, savoring the
strength in his chest and the fresh, clean smell of him."
"No matter what happens, no matter where we end up, I know we'll always share a loving home for Christmas."
If you're looking a sweet holiday themed read, Home for Christmas may be just what you're looking for.