Although their lives have changed since their first desperate renovation of Bella Flora, friends Madeline, Avery, and Nicole have always been there for each other. Now they’re returning to Bella Flora for Christmas—where Maddie’s daughter Kyra isn’t feeling particularly celebratory.
Kyra was hoping for a peaceful holiday at Bella Flora—a last gathering before a wealthy, mystery tenant moves into the home she’s been forced to rent out. Instead, she must make a life altering decision by New Year’s — a decision that becomes even more difficult when unexpected guests arrive at Ten Beach Road on Christmas Eve. Now Kyra, Maddie, Avery and Nikki will need to pull together to secure Bella Flora’s future, as well as their own.
My Thoughts: I have followed this series since Book One, so I was excited to experience A Bella Flora Christmas, a novella that helped to satiate me until the next book comes in the spring.
In this story, our first person narrator is Kyra, Maddie’s daughter and Dustin’s mother. She is the young woman who had an affair with celebrity Daniel Deranian when working on a film with him, and then began paying the consequences when her son was born…without benefit of being with Daniel.
Now four years old, Dustin is the joy of her life, but her current dilemma has to do with something his father has requested. He wants Dustin to perform with him in a movie…but not only with him, with his wife Tonja Kay. Tonja Kay has been vindictive and threatening since the beginning, so part of Kyra’s hesitation has to do with not wanting to satisfy the woman who has the man, and who now is calling the shots, complete with threats.
What will Kyra decide to do? And how will she, her mother, and her son fare when they move out of Bella Flora, which has been rented out to an unknown person?
I had hoped that we would learn the identity of that renter, but that information will probably come in the next book. And while Kyra has made a decision about the movie, we are left hanging, not knowing how the news is delivered. An enjoyable read that is teasing me about the upcoming release. 5 stars.