Short Story Review: A Midnight Clear (Last Chance #9.5) by Hope Ramsay
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A Midnight Clear by Hope Ramsay
Series: Last Chance
Published by: Forever Yours on December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Romance
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About the Book:
Dr. Tom Crawford isn't feeling the spirit of the season when he arrives in Last Chance. Far from friends and family, he's the odd man out in this town of gossiping, tight-knit Southerners-until he meets a sweetly sexy single mom who makes him feel welcome. Suddenly the handsome doctor is thinking he's finally found a place to call home. Local florist Teri Summers has her hands full of mistletoe in preparation for the holiday, yet finding someone to kiss is her last priority. But when the gorgeous new doctor makes a connection with her special needs son, Aiden, Teri finds herself wondering if she's finally found happiness in this season of joy. For Teri and Tom, Last Chance may be their best chance at love . . .
A Midnight Clear is a wonderful short story taking place in Last Chance, the setting for Hope Ramsay’s series of contemporary romances. Whether you’re familiar with Last Chance or, like me, you’re completely new to the series, anyone can enjoy this warmhearted Christmas romance.
The story follows Teri Summers, single mother of Aiden, a young boy who happens to be on the Autism spectrum. Aiden is the most important part of Teri’s life, but she does find herself struggling at times, especially around Christmas. Aiden hates surprises, the color red, and Santa Claus. Could it be possible that things will change when the new doctor comes to town?
Tom Crawford is new to Last Chance, and he doesn’t exactly receive a warm welcome. No one wants to accept the new Yankee doctor in town. However, Tom is patient with Aiden, which goes a long way to get Teri’s approval. Having had a bit of a difficult childhood himself, Tom does his best to relate to Aiden and hopes the rest of the town will begin to accept him, eventually.
The story was heartwarming in a lot of ways. The romance between Teri and Tom being the biggest and most obvious, but also the relationship between Teri and Aiden. Aiden hates Christmas, a holiday that Teri loves, so she takes it upon herself to find some elements of Christmas that Aiden does like. The fact that Teri just wants her son to be happy is incredibly touching. But Teri has pretty much locked her heart away for the sake of her son, and that’s all about to change.
The thing I liked about Tom is the fact that he was so good with Aiden, and so patient. It’s difficult for people to understand how much of a challenge it is to have a child on the spectrum, and Tom takes the whole thing in stride. He tries quickly to learn Aiden’s likes and dislikes, so he upsets Aiden as little as possible.
And then there’s the actual relationship between Teri and Tom. Although they both needed a little push in the right direction, it was incredibly sweet to watch these two come together. Tom, a complete stranger, who knows nothing about Teri, swoops in to help her give her child the best kind of Christmas she can give him, even if that means finding out more about what Aiden hates about Christmas more than what he likes about Christmas. And Teri completely isn’t used to men taking the time to help, and be thoughtful, so it was nice to see someone treat her the way she deserves to be treated.
Overall, a quick little short story that will warm your heart, whether you read it around Christmas or not. I give it 4 out of 5 controllers, I just wish there had been a little more closure at the end.