Trish Ackerly is a very creative woman who owns a bakery with her best friend, Nadia and likes to draw and create beautiful pictures yet she is still missing one thing in her life...a man. When Trish notices Ian Rafferty standing outside her bakery, she is shaken by the past as she remembers the hell and hurt that Ian put her through when they were in grade school.
Ian Rafferty is a stressed dad to an amazing little girl, he wants to make her smile since her mother has re-married and is more focused on her new family and not her daughter. Ian asks Trish to paint his windows to brighten up his house and his daughter's mood. Trish is all for saying no and confronting him on the person he use to be years ago and the hell that he put her through but seeing his daughter makes her change her mind.
This short yet sweet novel, covers a lot of topics from bullying to raising a daughter without anyone help, completely out of your element. My favourite characters would have to be Trish and Kelsey who is Ian's daughter. I loved Trish as she was a strong character who had experienced a hard childhood yet has gone on to make something of herself in spite of that which made you proud of her. I also loved Kelsey, she was the type of character that if she was sad, you were sad, if she was happy then you were happy as well. She had been through a lot of change with her parents but with Trish's help on creating something magical you could see her come out of herself more, which was such an amazing thing to read about.
Pastels & Jingle Bells is a sweet, romantic christmas story about second chances and facing the past when you least expect it. With the christmas magic, joy and cheer, this christmas story is one that will put a smile on your face and get you in the festive mood!