Eight years ago Shelby left Sydney for LA, determined to set the world on fire. Now she’s nearly broke and her boyfriend has left her alone at Christmas. Lonely and miserable, Shelby finds herself drawn back to the childhood home she thought she’d left behind . . .
Frangipani House now belongs to Dan Sayers, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who found a new start in Kirribilli. When he spots Shelby dragging her suitcase up the front steps on Christmas Eve, he can’t believe his eyes. It’s been four years since he last saw her. Then, she’d been aloof, a stranger in designer sunglasses and killer heels, barely acknowledging their shared past.
As Christmas unfolds, Shelby and Dan grow closer than ever before and Shelby begins to see her ramshackle home in a new light. But before she and Dan can have any hope of a future together, they must first confront their past.
This is a nice, short Christmas romance set in Sydney, Australia. A little bit of angst, a lot of summer feeling… I thought it was a good, fast read.
Shelby grew up feeling overlooked as the natural daughter in a house full of foster children. She fled to the United States to “make it” in Hollywood, but finds herself with nowhere to go at Christmas.
Back in Sydney, the only one of her “family” glad to see her is Dan.
I definitely felt for Shelby in this situation, and if the word count had been longer, I’d have loved to see more of a resolution between her and the other foster kids.
What I really enjoyed about this story was the unique feel to it. Having just spent a few weekends on Sydney Harbour, it felt like a perfect read for me in the lead up to Christmas.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.