Homemakers' Christmas

Romance - Contemporary
248 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2022
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Reviewed by Jaycee Allen for Readers' Favorite

In Jill Piscitello’s Homemakers’ Christmas, Cricket, a homeless widow with two children, is forced to reside in a less-than-ideal shelter where filth and overcrowding seem to be endemic. To make matters worse, her son is running a high fever. Her luck changes when Cari, one of the shelter’s volunteers, comes to the rescue, offering to take Cricket and her son to the local hospital. She then provides a temporary home in the large farmhouse she has inherited. Despite Cari’s rather strict rule - no one in the local community must know that Cricket and her children are homeless, lest they react with hostility - the little family is grateful for the chance to start again. When Cricket lands a job at the farm’s market, life is almost perfect. Of course, complications arrive with the appearance of Boris, the handsome neighbor who becomes interested in Cricket, but she is far from ready for a romantic relationship.

Homemaker’s Christmas by Jill Piscitello is a heart-warming, well-paced tale, yet in its unique storyline, we discover how uncharitable people can be when confronted by those less fortunate. Despite their poverty, neither Cricket nor her children are in any way threatening. Cricket is a lovely heroine, always humble, and always willing to help and encourage others; her children are well-behaved and talented. Yet, far too many in the comfortable, well-off local community condemn this little family due to Cricket’s (temporary) homelessness. Luck brings her Boris, a charming and open-minded hero, and it is both his flexibility and his determination to win Cricket’s heart that promises a happier future.