My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it
Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream.
Even though this story is short, the characters are multi-layered and interesting. I really didn't know what to expect of the ending, but the lovely writing made it a pleasant journey getting there. As an artist and lover of museums I quickly connected with Henry and his struggle to balance love and solitude. His longtime friend Melinda, her daughter Katie and his aunt Lucy each have special places in his heart and are extremely likable. His banter with Melinda was especially enjoyable and I was kept waiting to see where things would go with them since the author doesn't lay it all out in the beginning, but reveals the different facets of Henry's life, past and present, a bit at a time. It really is a well-paced short story that felt complete when finished. A wonderful story to snuggle up and read in one sitting during the holidays!
(Thank you to Ebooks for Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)