Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.
Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.
It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.
Sweet, somewhat poignant, and full of romance and hope for the future,Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore contains so many elements that makes a wonderful holiday story. Add in second chance at love, a recently orphaned child, and the “bestest present ever” and it becomes one I not only loved reading but absolutely recommend.
Tommy and Jason reconnect in their hometown after a decade or so has passed. Sweethearts as teenagers, it ended when Jason left without a word to Tommy, leaving a wound and puzzle that exists to the present day. Jason has returned with his orphaned niece in hand to show her where her he and her father lived and to give her some “Christmas” and snow.
Moore’s writing pulls us into these characters and their lives quickly through the poignancy of the situation and the sadness of the little 10 year old, Mal. She’s grieving the loss of her parents, unsettled by the new guardianship of an uncle she barely knows, and acting out in exactly the way you’d think a little child in this situation would. Especially when confronted by the reality of Jason and her father’s hometown.
With Mal at the center, Jason and Tommy (Tom as he insists on being called) start the process of reconnecting with each other, talking about the past, seeing if the sparks between them mean it’s more than attraction coming back to life. It never feels like instant anything but more like two people who really do belong together, meeting again when the time is right.
I liked the ending. It’s not a HEA, more a HFN which I feel is in line with the story. It’s full of hope and exactly the right tone, considering all the decisions that still have to be made. Anything more would have felt false. Plus maybe next Christmas T.A. Moore will revisit this small family group and give us an update. That I’d surely love!
Until then add Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore to your holiday reading pile. It’s exactly what Santa might have ordered.
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza. I love this cover. Exactly right and stands out to grab your attention.
ebook, 57 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press