Gisele Reid returns to the Gingerbread Lodge to help her aunt, but without paying guests, she's afraid the lodge will have to be sold. An event she vows to stop. When an old friend shows up, she is astonished to find Max has turned into a man who makes her knees and heart tremble. Max Oakley, a developer, has a client interested in buying land around the lodge. He has fond memories of the resort, as well as the girl who left him behind. When he runs into Gisele again, she's even more beautiful than ever. A woman who could make him forget everything—even his job. Plumbing problems, electrical outages, and the return of Gisele's family throw a wrench into Max's plans to woo Gisele. But when the truth comes out, she believes he's betrayed her trust, and it will take a Christmas miracle to make everything right again.
“Gigi? You okay?” He sat down next to her.
She grinned and tilted her head to look at him. “Yeah. Just…remembering.” She shifted to get her backpack and pulled out the cookies—a mix of gingersnaps and lemon crisps. “Remember when we last had cookies up here?”
He took one from her, grinning. “They were red velvet whoopie pies, and Minerva gave us a bag and told us to get out of her way.” He studied the cookie and sobered. “That was the last time I saw you.”
“Yeah. My folks came that night and decided I was going back with them. They wouldn’t even let me out to see you.”
“I wondered what happened.”
Gisele looked at him. “I couldn’t even leave you a note in the cabin like we usually did. My mother had all my things packed when I got back, and we left that night.”
“I waited there, and looked for something, anything you may have left, but there was nothing.” He wrapped his arm around her shoulders, and she leaned into him. “My folks said we were just kids and that I’d get over you.”
He pulled her close and kissed her. Softly at first, then with an intensity that she felt to her toes.
“Does that answer your question?”
She just sighed and nodded.