I really like this author for his short and sweet books. He always has a great message in them and they are quick reads. This story is about Elise whose marraige has ended in divorce. Elise has kept to herself and is not looking forward to another lonely holiday season. She is eating lunch and is approached by a stranger that offers her a propostion. His propostion is that until Christmas they pretend that they are a couple so that neither of them have to endure a lonely holiday. There are stipulations, like no drama and no deep questions. Elise surprises herself by saying yes. Her heart begins to open and she finds herself loving this man but she has a secret that might ruin it all. "I once read that the secret to happiness is having something to do, something to look forward to, and someone to love." And I believe that "something to do" involves serving others. "The thing is, when you grow up with crazy, you don't know what sane is. You might suspect that there's something better, but until you see reality, it's impossible to comprehend." I belive a number of our foster kids feel this way, they don't know what family is supposed to look like. It takes getting out of crazy to know you were even in crazy. I really enjoyed this book for its simplicity and its message of redemption. Secrets have less power when they are shared.