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Peek Inside Jane's Gift

Two years ago, a devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything. Now, she’s healing back in her childhood hometown. To bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, they visit the firehouse, where fire captain Christian Nelson, her brother’s best friend, has offered to help quell their residual fears. Can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?

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Lone Pine Lake's resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson, is loving his single-guy lifestyle until the quiet, mysterious Jane Clark comes for a tour of the firehouse with her three small children. Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman—even though he's been burned by commitment in the past.

Having lived through a devastating house fire years ago, Jane's hesitant when her brother's best friend, Christian, offers to help quell her family's residual fears. But despite her brother's warnings about his friend's playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane's heart has other plans.

Each book in the Lone Pine Lake series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 - Jane's Gift
Book #2 - Tempting Cameron
Book #3 - Loving Mindy


“A touching, emotional journey of not only the body’s ability to survive, but the heart’s.” – Shelli Stevens, NYT bestselling author

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622669899
Series: LONE PINE LAKE, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 1, 2012
Page Count: 289
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, friends to lovers, older brother's best friend, second chance

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A refreshing story about how a family pulls together and moves forward after a devastating life altering fire.

Christian Nelson is the single fireman who has the label 'player' tattooed on his chest. Jane Clark is the mother of three who has been left a widow and a recovering burns victim after a... ...more

By Kati November 29, 2012

***Original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

First thought I had when I read the blurb of Jane's Gift? Heck yes! If there's a fireman, fire chief or any man that wears turnouts, I'm totally in. I'm easy like that.

I'm going to preface this review with: have Kleenex on han... ...more

By MsRomanticReads December 10, 2012

This review was originally posted on my blog.

This touching story about grief, hope, renewal and finding love (again) was my first read by author Karen Erickson, and it won’t be my last. I liked Jane’s strong resolve to rebuild her life post tragedy that took her home, her husband and left her bad... ...more

By Emily January 02, 2013

Two years after almost losing her life in a fire, widower Jane Clark has moved back home to Lone Pine Lake to start over with her three children in tow. Wanting to ease the fear of fire for her children, and well herself, her brother arranges for them to meet Captain Christian Nelson at the fireh... ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews November 02, 2012

Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4 Stars

It’s really tough for me to read Christmas stories this early in the season, I’m a firm believer in the Christmas season doesn’t begin until after Thanksgiving (well except for Christmas shopping that is all done before, but that’s sel... ...more

By Kim Reads December 07, 2012

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Have you ever picked up a book and immediately KNEW you were going to like it ? That was my experience with Jane's Gift. I was hooked with the second sentence. Jane's Gift is a wonderful book that will have you rootin... ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" November 27, 2012

If you are looking for a heartwarming, sweet read to help put you in the Christmas spirit Jane's Gift may be just the book for you.

Jane Clark woke up from a 2 month long medical induced coma to discover her life has turned into the worst possible nightmare. Her home was destroyed in a fire, a fi... ...more

By Melanie December 11, 2012

The above blurb is a perfect hook for this heartwarming and very touching story of one woman’s acceptance of the tragedy that befell her family and hope for their future.

Jane Clark is surrounded by her children, her siblings and her parents, yet deep down she feels that the hole in her heart wher... ...more

By Pam December 11, 2012

Jane’s Gift is a very enjoyable holiday story that tugs at your heart and has you believe in the miracle of love.

Jane Clark moved back home to the safety of her family after a devastating fire two years ago that killed her husband and left her with scars on both her body and mind. She is trying... ...more

By Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥ November 15, 2012

You can find this review and more at Forever Book Lover.

I am a fan of Karen Erickson, she is known for her sexually charged erotic books. This my friends is quite different from her normal writings, this story is sensual but not overly heated. It is a true holiday romance book, it warms your hear... ...more

By Donna October 29, 2012

Jane and her three young children survive a fire that takes the life of her husband. Jane is burnt badly and it takes time for her to recover. Two years later Jane and her children have returned to the small town she grew up in. With her family close she is starting over.
Christian Nelson is the... ...more

By Eileen December 19, 2017

Ms Erickson's writing is still fairly new to me but I wanted a Christmas story and I'm glad I read it for this holiday season. Jane lost so much in that fire but she has come far in two years and takes the next step to moving on with Christian. What a good match for them. Glad to see the interact... ...more

By Stella November 13, 2012

Such a heartfelt, moving wonderfully emotional story! I enjoyed it and even teared up a few times. The hero is dreamy and the heroine is lovable. Loved the many supporting characters and the whole community :-D A delightful story!! Detailed review to be posted soon. ...more

By Penny November 18, 2012


I cried at the end. Super romantic ending and sweet story.


By Ursula October 31, 2012

A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to... ...more

By Rhianna December 04, 2012

Short, Sweet & Filled With Holiday Spirit

Two years ago, Jane Clark lost her husband and her home in a tragic house fire. Left with burn scars that remind her of how she almost lost her life too, she's still struggling to rebuild the life she lost. Returning to her hometown of Lone Pine Lake,... ...more

By Melody December 11, 2012

Also found on

Continuing on with my Christmas reads, I just finished a heartwarming Christmas story about overcoming tragedy in life. Nothing like sharing a heartwarming Christmas story during this time of year, so I bring you Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson.

Poor Jane... ...more

By The Smutty Kitty December 08, 2012

As posted on The Smutty Kitty

4 out of 5 Licks

Let me start this review by saying who doesn't love a sexy firefighter? I mean seriously if you don't then you might as well leave now. lol Yeah I had a feeling none of you would be leaving. *insert smug smile* Now Jane's had a rough few years. She was... ...more

By Rhonda December 18, 2012

Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson

Jane's Gift is a tender story that takes place mostly in her small hometown over the holidays.
Jane wakes up in the hospital to find she has been in a coma for 3 months. Her children are okay but her husband died.
Two years later Jane has brought her 3 children... ...more

The book grabbed me from the prologue with Jane's tragedy and had me going until the end with anticipation of a HEA.

Jane has tons of battle scars physically and mentally. She is widowed and now a single mother.

Christian (Chris) is the fire captain and Jane's brother 's best friend. He also happen... ...more

By P.e. January 11, 2017

This is a wonderful story about a mom who survives a house fire, but loses her husband. Her three children made out of the house and she finds out about her children surviving, and losing her husband before they have to put her into a coma because of her burns and the treatment for them. You pick... ...more

By Aimee November 23, 2012

This is a really good Christmas story with likable characters and a story that will touch your heart. Jane has gone through a lot in the past two years with losing her husband in the fire that took their home, recovering from her own burns, and learning to raise three kids on her own. She decides... ...more

By Nicola April 23, 2013

This is simply a lovely read. It has endearing characters, a good storyline and touching heartwarming moments combined with those that tug on the heartstrings a little.

Jane has returned to her family following a tragic fire 2 years previously which resulted in the death of her husband and her bei... ...more

By Alison January 01, 2017

Three and a half stars.

This was a super sweet, behind closed doors, holiday romance.

Jane and her children survived a horrible house fire in which her husband died and she received terrible burns. Two years later, she has moved back to Lone Pines to be with her family but she and the children are... ...more

By Yazmin February 26, 2013

Jane’s Gift by Karen Erickson is a beautiful and sweet romance.

Christian Nelson is the fire captain in Lone Pine Lake. Everyone there may consider him a playboy, but he likes his single-guy lifestyle, the freedom and the respectability he has. Little does he know that his life is about to be tur... ...more

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Karen Erickson

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Karen Erickson

Karen Erickson lives in central California with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true. To see what she's up to, please visit

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