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Reviewed by Mimie Odigwe for Readers' Favorite
Christmas is more than shopping at the mall or getting the latest gadget on sale. In The Christmas Beau by Renée Allen McCoy, Charity Maxwell returns home to Lewiston Springs to spend the Christmas holiday with her family. But, when she meets an old flame, the emotions bottled up for so long burst out. Seven years ago, Milton and Charity had an explosive breakup caused by their age gap and Milton's less-than-stellar reputation as a Casanova. Now, Milton is a changed man, and he is willing to do everything to keep Charity. But will Charity be strong enough to forgive Milton, and what happens when a bigger secret is revealed? The secret that drove them apart initially and strained the relationship between both families. This contemporary Christian romance follows Milton Grayson and Charity Maxwell as they give love a second chance.
I like how The Christmas Beau isn’t just a simple romance with no plot development. The multifaceted storylines and instruction of God's word using modest family life and relationships are worth recommending. Church service, small-town politics, book fairs, and Christmas plays made this story homely, although a little fast-paced. Christmas is the season to celebrate Christ and love. Renee Allen McCoy succinctly weaves the themes of forgiveness and second chances, alongside the true meaning of Christmas and love, into twelve chapters with the resonating scriptures sprinkled throughout the pages. I only wished to see more of the Maxwell twins and have a whole house filled with their typical warmth.