Christmas With A Stranger, November 28, 2009
By K. Hill (Windsor, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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PLOT: Allie receives a 5 a.m. call from her boss to fly in an
important client, Roy Colby. Allie is immediately attracted to Roy.
When they are forced to make an emergency landing, rescue is
delayed by snow. They take shelter in a small shack. They are
both involved with someone else, but give in to their mutual
attraction as they don't know if rescue will come in time. Once
she's home, Allie can't forget him.
PROS: Told in the first person point of view from Allie's
perspective, Christmas with a Stranger is well-written. The
attraction between Roy and Allie feels real. They don't just
immediately jump into bed together. You get the sense that in a
short time, they got to know each other really well and fell in
love. I liked them both.
CONS: It could be longer so that the plot has more time to unfurl.
I especially thought the time after Allie returns home could have
used more development. The passage of time was difficult to
gauge. I couldn't tell if it was a few days or a year between the
beginning and the conclusion. Allie does sleep with her boyfriend
and with Roy within a matter of days and it just feels wrong
although you know she has feelings for Wesley going in. I rather
expected this to happen when I purchased the book but still . ...
4 STARS: Christmas with a Stranger is a quick enjoyable read.
In the wee hours, two days before Christmas, graphic
artist Allie Benson-a young African-American living
contently with her boyfriend-is awakened by a distress
call from her boss. Knowing she possesses a pilot's
license, he asks her to fly to Maine to pick up Roy
Colby, a stranded potential client, and bring him back
to Manhattan. She imagines Colby, the owner of a chain
of stores, to be a middle-aged guy with a paunch, so
she isn't prepared for the handsome, blond-haired man
waiting at the airport. When the plane develops engine
trouble, she's forced to make an emergency landing.
Rescue is prevented by a snowstorm, and they take
shelter in an abandoned shack. After spending a stolen
night of bliss, the two are rescued. But will they ever
be able to return to their lovers at home and forget one