This Time Next Year [NOOK Book]

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Brenna Keating is on her way to spend Christmas with her grandmother when treacherous roads and a skittish deer put her car in a ditch. Riding to the rescue—literally—is Dillon Craig, a reclusive doctor who insists she weather the storm in his cabin.

Since returning from Afghanistan where he treated wounded soldiers on the front lines, Dillon's made it a point to avoid any emotional involvement. But his unexpected guest has him dangerously ...

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This Time Next Year

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Overview


Brenna Keating is on her way to spend Christmas with her grandmother when treacherous roads and a skittish deer put her car in a ditch. Riding to the rescue—literally—is Dillon Craig, a reclusive doctor who insists she weather the storm in his cabin.

Since returning from Afghanistan where he treated wounded soldiers on the front lines, Dillon's made it a point to avoid any emotional involvement. But his unexpected guest has him dangerously close to breaking his own rules.

Brenna has a plan for her life—until she's stranded for three days with Dillon. Soon, the chemistry sizzling between them forces her to reexamine her priorities. The man is gorgeous, if taciturn, and a true hero in every sense of the word. No woman in her right mind could resist him, and so Brenna doesn't—even though she can't stay...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892790
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 228,582
  • File size: 2 MB

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Over the river. Check. Through the woods. Check. To grandmother's house. Double check. And though corny enough to put a smile on Brenna Keating's face, the similarities between the song on the radio and her visit to Gran ended there.

Instead of relying on a horse to know the way through the oak-pine forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she had thirty-three years of memories. She also had a dash-mounted GPS unit, one she'd installed in the economy import her parents had surprised her with ten years ago to celebrate her degree. Kinda took the romance out of the wintry trip, but then she didn't know squat about sleighs.

Transportation was one thing she wouldn't have to worry about when she hit Malawi after the first of the year. Preparing to spend the next twelve months in the impoverished African nation, she'd invested instead in good shoes, cases of antibiotics and a copy of the Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine. And even then she knew the in-country experience would be just as valuable as the text and her master's in nursing.

Still, the car had served her well in getting around Raleigh—to the hospital where she worked, to Starbucks where the baristas knew her name and her drink, to the diner where once a week she had dinner with the girls.

And getting her to Gran's wasn't usually a problem. The car was more than capable of making the long scenic drive. Today, however, most of the scenery was hidden behind a whole lot of drifting white snow.

Four hours ago when she'd left home, the approaching storm had been predicted to hit Gran's mountain close to midnight. Because Brenna didn't have chains, she'd planned her drive accordingly.

She glanced at the clock on her dash. The digital numbers clearly read 2:45 p.m., and big fat flakes were coming down faster than her wipers set to High could clear. This was the last time she paid attention to the local weathermen.

At least her heater was having no trouble keeping the cold at bay. In fact, with her boots and thick socks, and her wool coat draped over her thighs like a blanket, and her gloves, the car's interior was a tad stuffy.

She slowed for the road's next switchback, careful as she braked, then again as she accelerated. Her headlights cut twin beams through the tall trees standing sentry on either side of the road—the road that hadn't seemed so narrow in the past.

She hated that this trip, more than any other she'd made up her grandmother's mountain, would be driven with white knuckles and near zero visibility. She wanted everything about this visit to be perfect—for herself and for Gran, too.

The next few days might be their last to spend together, and that realization had Brenna wishing for a cell signal so she could call the charity who'd been thrilled to have her on-board and tell them she'd changed her mind. She was staying here. Right here. In the only home she'd ever known. In the place that made her happy.

But doing that would disappoint Gran more than would transatlantic phone calls in lieu of spur-of-the-moment visits. Even more than the possible end of the Christmas holidays the two of them cherished. Gran was Brenna's biggest supporter, and her cheer at hearing the news of her only grandchild following in her footsteps had echoed off the mountain for days.

Leaving Gran was going to be so hard. Even harder was accepting the difficulty of getting back, what with the cost and logistics of international travel in and out of the third-world countries where she'd be putting her skills to good use.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    This was a quick, easy ready... very enjoyable, and I was easily able to lose myself in the writing and the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    My ideal in holiday stories!

    My Review:
    Rating: A+
    I really loved this book. This is honestly my ideal in a holiday story...a snowstorm, a damsel in distress, a heroic taciturn sexy hero. Brenna is on the cusp of a new life and is coming to spend one final Christmas with her grandmother in the mountains of NC before she goes to live and work in Malawi as a nurse.

    Things go awry when the snowstorm moves in 10 hours earlier than predicted and a deer gets in her way on the road. Dillon is a doctor who lives on the same mountain as Brenna's grandmother. Since returning from Afghanistan, he is living the life of a country doctor, treating the locals on the mountain and maintaining a fairly reclusive life. He has demons that remain from his military time and the choices that he had to make as a trauma doctor in a war zone. When Dillon finds Brenna in her wrecked car, after finishing up his mountain house calls, he takes her home with him where they become stranded for three days.

    I loved both Dillon and Brenna's characters. Dillon is definitely scarred emotionally and Brenna recognizes that and respects that. There could have been a super-easy conclusion to this book, but I like that Alison Kent didn't go that route. She wrote a beautiful love story which became even more believable because of the way that she took this wonderful story! Just a perfect holiday, snuggle up in front of the fireplace and read, kind of story! LOVED IT!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Not a romance

    No romance just miindless sex between strangers. He leaving bruises on her and she "wanting to leave her mark on him too" by biting him and licking the wound...gag. Neither tries to grt to know the other or forming any caring or connection. The angst was so contrived...superficial. Pass on this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Gross!

    A potentially interesting story very badly told! Only gave it 1 star because it was required. I"d really give it a negative score.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    I enjoyed this book

    I love reading a christmas story, Would recommend this book, I nice story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    LILLYCLAN TERRITORY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good "feel good" story

    First time read of this author. Would be interested in reading more of her's. Nice Christmas story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Simple love story.

    Does the heart good

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    If only we had a little more time with their love¿

    This title was the perfect opening to this anthology. I really found myself wishing this was a full length story. Because, even with the constraints of a novella Kent really took the time to give them full personalities. Brenna and Dillon were complex. She’s torn between a lifelong dream and the reality she may not want to leave behind. Dillon is recovering from tours in Afghanistan, haunted by those he was unable to save as a medic in the Army.

    I liked Brenna and Dillon together. I could tell that they were the perfect fit to heal each other’s wounds. I just wish that they had been given a full story to flesh out all the complexities Kent gives them. While the novella felt complete…the reader in me itched for a little more time. Maybe Kent will re-release in time as a longer work. I’d like to know more of their histories, spend some time with the mountain people, watch Dillon work on his woodworking craft shirtless…And I’d really love to see some of the love letters the characters sent to each other…Hint, Hint! lol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Yuck!

    Unreadable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Loved it!

    New author for me & she passed the test i really enjoyed it tho l thought the end was a bit rushed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Bleh

    While the book was entertaining, the plot was trite and underdeveloped.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

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    wonderful heartwarming romance

    This was a delightful tale that captured me from page one.

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