For a mother and her almost-grown daughters, Christmas in coastal Maine difficult choices, new surprises and a chance at love in this heartfelt novel.
At first glance, Nell King's cozy home in Yorktide, Maine, seems a step down from the impeccable house she shared with her husband in Boston. But in the six years since he abruptly left to marry another woman, Nell and her daughters have found real happiness here. Now, faced with what may be their last Christmas together, Nell feels anxious. She gave up her own ambitions when she married. What will become of her once her daughters leave the nest?
Twenty-one-year-old Molly worries about sacrificing her independence the way her mother did. Should she stay in Maine with her dependable boyfriend, or move to the city and prove herself? Felicity, meanwhile, is torn between loyalty to Nell and wanting to spend time with her glamorous stepmother. Nell is eager to make this holiday picture-perfect. But there's a complication—and an opportunity.
Nell's first love, now a successful novelist, is in town for a book signing. As the two rekindle their friendship, Nell confronts the choices she once made in the name of stability. And as the days unfold with revelations and unexpected gifts, this Christmas promises to herald a bright new beginning . . .