Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright
Bored in his job as an insurance adjuster, Carter begins “enhancing” his accident reports, embellishing what he knows happened with what he imagines happened just before the car crashed. One day, when he goes to take pictures of a recently crashed car in the impound lot, he finds a picture of a beautiful girl inside. Unfortunately, it is the last report he ever files, as his boss fires him for his chronic embellishing. He keeps the photo, and the car owner’s address, and seeks out the owner to return the photo to her.
Abby works at her uncle’s bookstore, and takes flack from her co-workers for putting out the Christmas books early. When Carter comes in to return her photo, he sees the Christmas books and decides that writing one will be his next career move. Abby is an editor on the side and the two strike up a friendship that grows into something more.
Abby's uncle is dying, but he doesn't want Abby to know. However, when he finds out Carter is a writer, he asks Carter to write his obituary, so that he can review and approve it before he passes, wanting it to be something extra interesting. As the uncle and Carter get to know each other, he decides Carter is the perfect guy for Abby. Of course the cat gets out of the bag at some point, and Abby feels terribly betrayed that Carter and her uncle have been hiding his condition from her. To complicate things further, Carter receives the job opportunity of a lifetime during this time, but it would take him away from Abby. Life can be so complicated...
Witty, charming, and with a story within a story twist at the end, this book is a completely lovely holiday read. Wright has the gift of touching heartstrings without ever becoming cheesy, and he strikes the right notes again in this one. It may go down as my favorite Christmas read of this year.