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Series: Harlow Brothers
Title: Luke’s Gift
Author: Kaylie Newell
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Published: November 1st, 2018
This is such a sweet, festive friends to more romance with Luke Harlow, a caring military veteran who is now a Marietta police officer, and Mary Best, a young reporter, as the main characters. Luke has returned to his home town to help raise his half-sister and it is with her that he is secretly playing Santa by giving amazing gifts to some of the local community who are in need.
Mary is intrigued by Luke and wants to write about his heroic military service but the more she gets to know about this secretive young man the more the attraction between them grows. However, she’s also on the trail to identify the secret Santa . . . . something Luke definitely doesn’t want. Can he keep his secret? What will Mary do if she discovers it is him? Can he trust her with his heart and his secret? Which is more important to Mary – her job or love?
This is a delightful addition to the Marietta romances, and a cute, fun read. As someone who always enjoys reading stories set in this community it seemed strange not to have some of the iconic Christmas events included in the story but that will only be of concern to folks like me who regularly read stories in this setting. It is still an enjoyable story with great characters, an added mystery element and plenty of secrets in this festive read, just right for getting you in the mood for a caring Christmas!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.
After serving in the Army, Luke Harlow returns home in time for the holidays to help his brothers raise their twelve-year-old half-sister. With his new job as Marietta’s police officer, Luke finds himself in the middle of a festive mystery that the entire town will want solved before Christmas morning.
Mary Best is Marietta Courier’s most promising young reporter. When she starts spending time with sexy Luke Harlow to write an article about his heroic military service, she begins to suspect there’s more to this new police recruit than meets the eye. He’s kind, generous, and very mysterious. When anonymous gifts start appearing around town for people in need, Mary knows there’s a story there. A magical one. It doesn’t take long for the breadcrumbs to lead right back to Luke.
As the gifts pile up, so does everyone’s urge to unmask Marietta’s secret Santa. Luke is deeply private, and Mary is deeply curious- opposites who’ll find themselves tumbling toward each other amidst the snowy backdrop of a town fully embraced in the spirit of Christmas. But when Mary uncovers Luke’s secret, will she be able to bury her reporter’s instincts for the sake of love? And will Luke finally be able to trust someone with his heart?