Her four-year-old godson did not accompany his parents on their ski weekend, and is safe at home with his grandmother. When Allison arrives at Pam's house, she finds Grandma Cordelia in the middle of a heart attack and Caleb hiding behind a chair. How can she reassure and comfort the little boy, when everything in their world has changed in the space of a few hours? Can she be his mother, when she failed her own child?
Ally calls Caleb's godfather, Jake Westin, to deliver the terrible news. He leaves his financial consulting business in Florida and rushes to California to be with Caleb. He commits to stay through Christmas then they'll sort out permanent arrangements in the New Year.
Can these strangers raise Caleb as partners, when they live on opposite sides of the country? Can they form a new family and include Grandma Cordelia, who feels threatened by their new union?
CALEB'S CHRISTMAS WISH is a tender and convincing portrayal of loss, love, and triumph. The romance blends into the forming of the new family, blurring the lines between the roles that Jake and Ally play with each other. Holidays spent without our loved ones are the hardest of all, and Ms. Salonen captures the pain of these changes with skilled sensitivity.