I’ve got one month to get my life together or it’s going to be an un-Merry Christmas for me!

When I run into my childhood buddy, Nate, outside Martin’s Grocery on Thanksgiving Day, he invites me to catch up at his nearby veterinary office.

Nate is just what I need to go from hopeless to hopeful about returning home after my failed marriage. He offers me the support and comfort of an old friendship, and a job as his office manager.

Working side-by-side with him is only a teensy bit challenging. Nate’s a shameless flirt and I can’t stop sneaking glances at this cuter, funnier version of the guy I used to know. It makes me wonder if despite our platonic past, do we have a romantic future together?  

Landing the head chef position at the chic Hudson Vineyards is my dream come true. After toiling away for years at my parent’s small-town diner underutilized and underappreciated, all my hard work is paying off.

I shouldn’t risk jeopardizing my career, especially with the big Christmas in July event coming up, but my boss, Alex, who is twenty years older and so easy on the eyes is proving to be a major distraction.

He’s gray-haired to my blond, grumpy to my sunshine, rich to my poor. A challenge.

But is it one I should accept?

My past hasn’t come back to haunt me, oh no, Craig, my son’s dad, is right here in the flesh at my baby sister’s wedding reception making my present awkward with his beautiful and confused face.

You see, Craig and my son don’t know about each other, and no one in my life has a clue what happened one magical night during Christmas break my senior year in high school. I’ve been the sole keeper of these secrets for the last twenty years.

I’m not naïve enough to think that my deception wouldn’t catch up with me, but did it have to come at me full force and bowl me over in front of everyone I know and love while the wedding photographer shoots candids?