Thursday, November 28, 2013

Review: Christmas Catch by Chelsea M. Cameron


Two years ago, when Ivy Emerson bailed from the tiny fishing village she’d grown up in to go to Columbia, Sawyer McCallister was the only thing she was sad to leave behind, and she still didn’t look back. But when her mother guilts her into coming home for Christmas, she crashes headfirst into Sawyer, who’s also returned after being away.

Now that they’ve both been dragged back to Saltwater, Maine, they might just realize it’s where they belong. Together. 

4 Star review by Lisa Kane

Ivy is coming home to Saltwater, Maine for the holidays. She left 2 years ago right after high school to attend Columbia University in New York for journalism. She also left behind the love of her life Sawyer. He was leaving for college too, to go to Georgetown to do his undergrad work before going to med school to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. Better to cut if off then drag on a long distance relationship right?
So when her car ends up in a ditch when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer, who happens to drive by with an offer for help? Sawyer is a man of few words and when she asks why he is still in town he tells her his dad died. He gets her car out of the ditch and leaves without saying another word. Ivy is rattled by meeting him again, seeing him has stirred up feelings she wants to keep buried.
Her hometown is small, as in 10 students in her graduating class, kind of small. So guess who she keeps running into everywhere she goes. The fact that her mother seems to be looking for excuses to put them together. When they finally sit down and talk they both admit their feelings haven't changed, but Poison (Sawyer's nickname for Ivy) is going to be leaving to go back to school and Sawyer has no idea if he is going to stay in this town running his dad's business (which he hates) or he will go back to school. They may still love each other and haven't found anyone else who completes them, but there relationship has no future or does it?
This is a short, funny, poignant read about life sometimes veering to the left instead of the straight path we set for ourselves. In spite of our well laid plans fate can nudge us back on the track we are destined to follow.

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