Addie has moved back to Tacoma to reconnect with her mom after her dad passed away. She arrives right before the holidays and plans to spend time with her mom. Addie's mom has other plans and is not even decorating for Christmas.
When Addie learns that her mom and her friend next door are going on a cruise, she agrees that her mom needs to spend the first Christmas without her husband somewhere else. The only bad part about being back home is her neighbor's son, Erich, has been a thorn in her side since childhood.
After Erich is injured in an accident, it looks like the cruise is off because he needs daily care. Addie, against her better wishes, volunteers to take care of him even though she despises him.
Addie has enrolled in a literature class so she can get her last credit for her high school diploma. Her teacher is Harry and they are reading the classic, The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and are finding similarities to their everyday lives.
This story is light-hearted and has a way of making you think about the intricacies of life. I laughed at Harry when he starts experiencing male urges toward the French teacher and does not know what to do about it, which is one of the funniest parts of the book. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Debbie's books and the spirit of Christmas.