CJ St. John never dreamed his epic summer as a smokejumper would end with a harrowing plane crash - one that crushed his pelvis and rendered him nearly an invalid. He wouldn't have made it through the dark night of pain and danger without brave fellow smokejumper Hannah Butcher. In fact, if he were to admit it, he probably fell in love with her that night.
Hannah Butcher had dreamed of being a smokejumper for years - but dreaming and doing are vastly different. During rookie camp, she would have given up if it hadn't been for CJ St. John urging her on. She probably fell in love with him then - but especially when he held her hand and kept her calm during their terrifying survival.
When Hannah discovers that CJ plans on skipping out on their mutual friends' wedding, she knows he's been lying to her about his recovery - and determines to give him the same stubborn encouragement he's given her by forcing him to attend. But when a blizzard detours them, and worse, they're run off the road, they'll have to face their darkest fears to survive. A Christmas story about the miracles that happen when the weather outside becomes frightful.
©2016 Susan May Warren (P)2016 Susan May Warren
CJ St. John and Hannah Butcher meet while spending a summer as smoke jumpers in Montana. For CJ, it ends with some serious injuries, and Hannah saving his life. For Hannah, it ends with the conviction that she'll never overcome her temptation to freeze in moments of crisis--that she shouldn't even complete her training as a nurse because she'll be useless.
They've both got a lot to work through. Each can see the other's strengths, but only their own weaknesses. Despite bonding as teammates in an online adventure game, they both avoid meeting for months, until finally brought together again.
They're both kind, decent, likable people, and despite their own self-defeating impulses, they fortunately have other kind, decent, likable people around to push them in the right directions.
It's a novella, so not very long, and a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
Overcoming Wounds & Fear
I'd compare it to any of the books by Susan May Warren in the Montana Fire series or the Montana Rescue series.
The narrator did a great job of doing the voices for both men and women in a believable way. I could really relate to these characters as he read the story.
Flashback scene to the night Hannah and CJ were stranded and CJ so wounded. Also, I loved the new epilogue added to the ending!!!!
I read the shorter version of this novella before the extended version came out and I am so glad I purchased the extended version and audiobook. Even the shorter version was great, but this one was just exactly perfect! It rounded out the whole story and the ending, in particular, I liked much more than in the shorter version.
Wow! I just love these characters. CJ and Hannah are like real people who have to face difficult struggles and conflicted emotions and expectations. But I loved taking this journey with them...and am looking forward to more updates on them as well as on their teammates and family - some of whom have come full circle from their stories I read quite a few years ago. Loved the narration on this one too!
Just a little too much of a religious tone. I'd rather the characters succeed based on skill and life experience and wisdom. I don't like the "oh darn, I'm in trouble, let's pray" part of the story.
this was a very good book. Short and sweet. Great for the holidays. A wonderful love story and great for anyone wanting an inspirational romance. Love Susan May Warren's books.
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