Growing up in Virginia, where there are four distinct seasons, I struggled to imagine a warm, beach-themed, Christmas in Florida. Once I let the beach image go and let the story take over, I found I couldn’t put it down. You see I like history and I found the background story, (which was inspired by a real-life story), as engaging as the story’s romance. The main character, Faith, is a British pilot of a North American Na-16. She flies in air shows all over the world. Indeed Faith is flying her grandmother’s Texas Diamond, which her grandmother flew during WWII. While strolling on the beach, Faith rescues TJ from a surf boarding accident and discovers he is writing his doctorate on women pilots of WWII. There is healthy attraction between the two characters, but Faith has to ask herself if TJ is interested in her because of whom she is or because of whom her grandmother is. The romance, is predictable, which for a “happily ever after” sort of girl like me is fine. What I found interesting was the description of the air show flight and near disaster; only to discover that it was based on a real event that
occurred in 2011! There is a link to this event at the end of the novella along with a British glossary for the charming terms that Faith uses in the story. This is another author I discovered in the Home for Christmas book set and I plan to read more of Ms. Bridgeman’s Virtues and Valor series in the future.