“You’re going to be better than okay…I’ll make sure of it.”
If you have read The Brightest Star, then you already adore Brighton and Seb and the story of their second chance romance and their unbelievable love. If you have read A Little Bit Crazy, then you are basically head over heels (see what I did there?? Oh, if you missed the pun, go back and reread it again…) in love with Declan and Jade (Jackass and Freckles) and their sweet, wonderful, intense love. And if you haven’t read either, ummm…what’s wrong with you again? I kid. Well, kind of. These two books are some of my favorite from this year. One thing that Author B. Cranford does SO phenomenally well is address actual problems and the fallout and consequences of said problems. Gambling addiction, low self-esteem, self-doubt, depression and more. These issues are such a large part of what makes her characters so likable, so understandable and so amazing.
And in A Crazy Christmas Ms. Cranford once again shows us that it’s ok for characters to have actual human flaws. That not every hero has to be chiseled perfection. That not every heroine is always one hundred percent unbroken and unblemished. Sometimes a hero might accidentally compare their overtired, unshowered, hormonal and emotional postpartum wife to a ham sandwich. And then suffer the consequences of this epic faux-pas. And sometimes a heroine might struggle with their body image. But you know what? That’s REAL LIFE. Couples are not always perfect. And authors shouldn’t be afraid to tackle difficult issues in books- in a realistic and compassionate manner.
So what does this book have in store for its readers?
Seb and Bright are parents. And as any first-time parent knows, there are moments when you literally feel as if you are doing completely ALL the wrong things. And you are constantly short on sleep. And you question your every decision. And maybe just maybe, those low feelings you attributed to hormones, are something bigger. So we watch Bright and Seb, through their missteps, and as they juggle parenthood, with being a married couple, and then tackle the depression that can catch many a mother off guard. It isn’t glossed over. Life with a baby isn’t the picture perfect scene for this couple. Babies get sick. And babies wake up. A lot. And moms get really sad sometimes, and Ms. Cranford shows us that this is ok. And takes it one step further. Through her
characters, she offers ideas, and options, to those who have, or will struggle with these issues. And NO one is made to feel weak, or “less than”.
Jade and Declan are engaged. They’re planning a Christmas wedding. But Jade’s past is still a big part of who she is as a person. Although Declan is kind and patient, and supportive, it doesn’t mean that Jade’s fears and self-doubt have magically vanished. She sees a counselor. She talks to Bright about her issues. And Declan loves her whole-heartedly despite and because of her flaws. And they are REAL. This couple worries, and argues, and questions. But they work through it, they call on friends and family for help. They communicate with each other. And they know that there will be tough times ahead. But their commitment to each other is the foundation of what will be a strong and abiding love.
And what you end up with is a story more beautiful than the cover. And that is quite the
feat. Because this cover is STUNNING. It embodies all that the story is. A little bit of each of the foursome. And that’s what you get in A Crazy Christmas. A little bit of each of Seb, Bright, Jade and Declan. And a whole lot of wonderful.