Sparks has used the “story within a story” formula before, and it works. It’s a timeline of young 16-year-old love in 1996 and a story of a woman spending her final Christmas in 2019. At age 16, Maggie was sent away from her parents to live with an aunt who barely knew her, she could think only about the friends and family she had left behind. Until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on his isolated island.
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He was the first person to show her kindness. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to WestPoint, Bryce showed her how there was so much to love about the windswept beach town and introduced her to photography which she has been passionate about ever since.
“The plot was magnificent and very well written. This is a story about loss, pain, family, new beginnings, forgiving oneself and it’s full of tenderness, gentleness, and love.”The Book Guide® Editor
By 2019, Maggie has become a well-known travel photographer. She divides her time between running a thriving art gallery in New York and traveling around the globe taking pictures. She’s been grounded over Christmas because she has an unexpected medical condition. She increasingly depends on her assistant, who has become closer to her than anyone else.
As they count down to the end of the season together, he begins to tell her the story of another Christmas from years before. And the love that set her off on a path she never could have imagined…
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by The Book Guide® Editors4.3/5 Very good