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After a depressing year of sadness, loneliness, and self-doubt, successful civil engineer and former All-American basketball star Elizabeth (Betsy) Curry returns home to Oakville, Ohio, for the Christmas holidays a depressed and broken woman. Reeling from her bitter divorce from the handsome, charming, but morally decrepit Tommy DeMalio, her college sweetheart and first big love, who left her after two years of what she thought was a good marriage for a stripper he met at an office bachelor party for her co-worker, Betsy feels lost and empty. Not exactly anticipating the happy holiday with her family and their multitude of joyful Christmas customs and long-time storybook-like traditions, she knows she needs them in order to heal.
Once comfortable at home and feeling somewhat better about herself, Tommy shows up and claims he wants a reconciliation, throwing her back into the self-destructive cycle of doubt, hostility, and suspicion she is trying so hard to escape.
She discovers her father has set her up with his protégé at work, the tall, handsome, athletic red-haired Patrick, who, try as hard as she can, she can’t find a single thing she doesn’t like about him.
So, what’s the problem? Betsy feels it’s too soon for her to love again. How can she love anyone again when she doesn’t like herself or what she’s become since the break-up? Also, she fears she will hurt the sweet, gentle Patrick.
Will the love, joy, and goodwill of the holiday season coupled with the many long-time holiday customs and Curry family traditions help Betsy to find herself again? Will she be strong enough to lift herself out of her self-induced prison so that she can take another chance on love?
Another nice fireside read
By Jeffrey Wirth
“I Need Christmas” is book two of the “Oakville Family Christmas” anthology and keeps to the spirit of the series nicely. Being surrounded by family isn’t always the picture of a Norma Rockwell painting. Far too often it’s the exact opposite. But in Betsy Curry’s case it could not be more the reality. Betsy is recovering from a marriage that was at best a nice arrangement for her husband, who by the way, abruptly returns wanting another try (with ulterior motives). Having been done with him and comfortably surrounded by a loving family, Betsy is having none of his nonsense. Enter mystery man, Patrick. What will happen next? Find out by getting your copy of “I Need Christmas.”