“With Bing Crosby’s ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ playing in the background, Maggie Culpepper and William Byrd proclaim their undying love to one another. But with the U.S. at war and Maggie’s personal home front under attack, the Southern belle impetuously joins the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service).
When Christmas draws near and Maggie finds herself miles and miles away from her Georgia hometown…and her beloved William…will she realize that, no matter where she spends Christmas, home is where her heart is?”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is Julie L. Cannon’s first and only Christmas novel. Sadly, she passed away suddenly in October 2012. This is the first novel of hers that I have read, (Twang, her newest, will be reviewed also). And I wish I would have read her books sooner so she would have seen the reviews, but that just goes to show you how precious and fleeting life is.
Anyway, this is a great novel. I love the characters, though I don’t love the stubbornness of Maggie. That got on my nerves and I almost wish I could have slapped her and just gotten her to go back home to William! He warmed my heart with how he waited and waited for her. I loved the quirkiness in some of the characters and the story was pretty great even if I did get frustrated with Maggie at times. But that’s how you know it’s good, when you get infuriated with the characters as if you know them in real life. I’m just sad I took so long to read it!
Rest In Peace Julie L. Cannon. You are missed.