About this Book
When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that heâ€™ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, â€œas good as the one my mother makes,â€ she rises to the occasion. After all, heâ€™s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his campâ€”and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on! All the shanty boys and Joâ€™s cooking helpers chip in with their recipes but Jo finds sheâ€™ll have to enlist more helpâ€”and begins corresponding with Tomâ€™s mother.
Step back in time to 1890, in beautiful Northern Michigan, near the sapphire straits of Mackinac, when the white pines were â€œwhite goldâ€ and lumber camps were a way of life. Jo is ready to find another life outside of the camps and plans that donâ€™t include any shanty boys. But will a lumberjack keep her in the very place sheâ€™s sworn to leave?
From the title to the characters to the story this was a cute and fun story. I loved the characters, especially Jo’s brothers. I could picture these overgrown boys watching over their sister and chasing off any guy that tried to get close to her. Â Tom was an interesting character. There were times early in the story that I wanted to smack him up side his head. But as the story went along I liked him more and more. And I loved the fruitcake challenge and the results of the challenge. Although there was a lot of lightheartedness to this story I also felt for Jo as she dealt with her grief over the loss of her mother.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book free from the author, but I won it in a give away!
Winnerâ€™s choice ebook copies of a set of all the Christmas Traditions Series, novellas out at this point (Volumes 1-5) including mine The Fruitcake Challenge, Cynthia Hickeyâ€™s lovely Handcarved Christmas, Niki Taylorâ€™s unique Sadieâ€™s Gift, Darlene Franklinâ€™s sweet An Apple for Christmas, and Patty Smith Hallâ€™s inspiring Christmas Lessons OR a paperback copy of The Fruitcake Challenge signed by the author.