Karly Lane Allen & Unwin

When her marriage ends, mired in scandal and debt, December Doyle returns home to Christmas Creek. Will she conquer her crippling lack of self-esteem and rise above the humiliation and betrayal? Working two jobs and living with her parents struggling to pretend she has a life, she takes on a project to breathe new life into the dying mountain village that is her hometown. Alleged bad boy Seth Hunter has also returned to Christmas Creek, and their dark history conceals a web of deceit and cover-ups bound to come unravelled. Wrongly convicted of a serious crime in his youth, Seth is now a high-flying businessman, but he’s intent on settling old scores. Definitely a cut above most of the ‘rural chic lit’ titles and several sub-plots keep it agile- weaving in surprise arcs even if the outcome is a foregone conclusion.