Jingle All The Way – Debbie Macomber

Everly Lancaster is a top performer at the real estate company, Easy Home, that she and her college classmate Jack Campbell co-founded, and she has just hit her limit. Her wayward assistant, Annette, who also happens to be Jacks niece, has just made a grevious error, leaving Everly speechless, literally, in front of a large group of real estate brokers gathering for an awards banquet. Furious, Everly fires her then and there, only to find her back in the office Monday morning, with Jack insisting she have another chance. When Everly pushes back, Jack insists she take a vacation, and Annette promptly books her the last room on a luxurious cruise to Brazil. In an effort to make amends, she takes care of all the details, from flights to international visas, leaving Everly little to do but tie up loose ends and pack. 

Initially resistant to the idea of a vacation, Everly finally concedes, believing that a cruise will do her some good. With flight delays almost pre-empting her trip, she breathes a sigh of relief that she arrives in time for the last call to board and is the last passenger to embark on the ship. The ship then immediately sets sail. Looking around as she’s escorted to her cabin, she’s quickly aware that this isn’t a typical cruise ship. Talking to the staff, she learns that this is a naturalist cruise into the Amazon rainforest, and that there is no cell service, internet or other connection to the outside world. Frantic, she demands the ship return to port, only to learn that isn’t possible. So, she’s determined to make the best of it. 

She soon meets Asher Adams, the ship’s naturalist, and as Everly adjusts to life without modern conveniences, she finds herself growing more attached to him as the trip progresses, as he continually rescues her from mishaps, to sharing stolen kisses & long talks deep into the night. As her feelings grow, she assumes that Asher’s are as well, so she’s shocked and stunned as he bids her farewell at the dock, with no intentions of continuing the relationship they’ve started. Saddened, Everly returns home and heads to her childhood home for the Christmas holiday, where reuniting with her family eases her loneliness, as back in Brazil, Asher tries to forget Everly…

But with Christmas comes magic, and this holiday will bring its own surprises……

I love happy endings, and this sweet story is guaranteed to bring you right into the holiday spirit!!  Another great, “feel good” read as the fall season comes upon us.