by Janet Dailey

October 2006
ISBN: 0-8217-8017-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Eve Rowland, a young teacher, lived a quiet life in Wisconsin. Her needs were simple and her wants few so she felt there was no reason to go in search of something different. She felt she knew all there was to know about her small town until a stranger made advances towards her during a walk home. As handsome as he was, Eve didnít want to be troubled by a drunken man stumbling out of a bar.

Luck McClure acknowledged the anniversary of his wifeís death by knocking back a few at the local bar. He was a single father trying to raise a happy and healthy son while at the same time trying to fill the void left behind in his late wifeís place. It wasnít that Luck was interested in finding a replacement wife. He wasnít. Marriage was not on his to-do-list. Then he met Eve. Heíd called her a little brown mouse. Far from the insinuation of the nickname, there was something about Eve Rowland that made her special. Luck saw it and it awakened in him a desire he wasnít fully prepared for.

Eve didnít expect to see him again after that unsettling encounter outside the bar. She was wrong. Suddenly, it seemed as if he and his son were everywhere and when he wasnít around then he was on her mind. As Eve, Luck, and his son Toby began to spend more time together their lives, which had been comfortable in the beginning, were now looking a little empty. If Toby had any say in it Luckís little brown mouse would become a permanent fixture in their home and in their lives.

Eveís Christmas is a reissue of an older Janet Dailey book. It was originally titled With a Little Luck and was one of the 50 States series. Ms. Dailey has managed to update it successfully without compromising the story. Long time fans of the author will most likely enjoy this trip down memory lane while new readers are sure to find a new favorite.

Reviewed in September 2006 by Rho.

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