Too bad all memories aren't pleasant. Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town's Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned.
But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he'll never come back—until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he's left her to face all the townspeople he cheated .
Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can't bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time.
Or will the season of love and forgiveness give them both another chance at happiness?
I was expecting a light-hearted Christmas romance with this book but instead it was a heartbreaking read that was very emotional. Novak does a great job with Sophia's character. At the beginning she is not very likable but as she deals with one hardship after another she grows into a thoughtful, caring woman who deserves some happiness in her life.
Ted is great from the beginning and I enjoyed reading about him and his friends. I thought the addition of Eve to the story was an unnecessary love triangle and didn't really need to be in the book, but I enjoyed the other friends and his mom.
This book deals with a lot of pain both past and present including betrayal, fraud, addiction, and lots of regrets. Novak has written an emotional story that pulled me right in and though it might not be a light and fun Christmas story it does deal with forgiveness and true love and I am glad I read it.
When newly-single Rachel Tanner finds out that pro pitcher Kevin Ganlin has come home to recover from an injury, her heart skips a beat. She’s loved him from afar since her preteen years, never bold enough to let him know.
Kevin is less than thrilled when Rachel shows up at his doorstep. She’s his best friend’s little sister and officially off limits. Besides, he’s staring early retirement in the face, a one-man pity-party with no interest in anything more serious than quick flings on the road. Until an icy mishap lands Rachel cozied up on his sofa, irresistible in his practice sweats.
A little game of Truth or Truth reveals much more than Rachel had ever dared to hope and leads to a midnight make-out session that leaves them both panting. But can she trust that he’s truly changed his ways? This Christmas, Kevin will do whatever it takes to make Rachel understand she’s the only one for him.
My Review: This was a very quick read and while I did enjoy it I think I would have enjoyed it more if it would have been a bit longer and the author would have spent some more time developing the characters. Everything just felt rushed and I was at the end before I knew it.
The characters are likable and I found the story interesting, a famous baseball star returns home and realizes he is in love with his best friends sister who he has known his whole life. Kevin and Rachel had great chemistry and I did enjoy reading about them, like I said I just wish it would have gone into more detail about their lives and their relationship.
If you are looking for a quick Christmas read this one is for you, if you like more substance in your stories I would pass on this one.
My Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5 I received this book from NetGalley for a review.
There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped... Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle...and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.
Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse....
I have seen some wonderful reviews for this book so I was excited to read it but unfortunately I did not end up enjoying it. It just seems too much like the previous books that I have read in the Fool's Gold series. The characters were likable enough and I enjoyed getting to read a little more about other couples from the previous books, but there was nothing new or exciting here. It is pretty much the same exact plot as the past few books, just some different characters.
The only thing I found to be different in this story was Noelle's difficult past that we finally get to learn about. Noelle was one tough lady and I admired her courage throughout the book. She was the reason I kept turning the pages in this one, she is an interesting character that I did enjoy reading about. I wish the rest of the story could have been as enjoyable for me.
Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.
Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.
Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?
This was a perfect Christmas romance story. It had a perfect setting, great characters, and a really touching story. Jackson and Kayla were both great characters and they had some great scenes in this book, both romantic and sexy. I really enjoyed reading about Kayla and the problems in her past and how this loving O'Neil family took her in and made her part of their family for Christmas.
Along with Jackson and Kayla their are a whole lot of other great characters in this book. The O'Neil family is delightful and I really loved Jackson's Grandpa. I love when an author doesn't just focus on the romantic couple in the story and takes the time to create an interesting setting and lots of other characters to get to know and care for. Morgan does a great job of bringing Snow Crystal to life and I am really looking forward to reading more books about the O'Neil family.
If you are looking for a heartwarming, fun, Christmas story to read I would definitely recommend this one. I have read a few new Christmas romance novels the past few weeks and so far this one has been my favorite!
What happens when the matchmaker finds a match for herself? Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he’s brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?
This book was not what I was expecting at all. I thought it would be a fun read about a nice couple finding each other again in a quirky little town. While that was part of the story I found that the religious themes seemed to be the most important part to this book and I just did not enjoy it.
I found the writing to be bland, the dialogue seemed forced, and the characters were never really developed. There were several couples in the book and they all seemed to just fall instantly in love with each other with no getting to know each other or plot development. Sam and Charlotte were likable enough and I liked the idea of Charlotte's tea shop but there just wasn't enough here to keep me interested. The ending wrapped everything up so neatly and quickly I did not find it believable at all. Maybe someone who is more of a Christian fiction reader would enjoy this one more than I did, but I do not feel I can recommend this one.
A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.
This Time Next Year by Alison Kent A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
This is a great set of romance stories to get you into the Christmas mood. I had only read books by Shannon Stacey so I was a little unsure about the other authors but I ended up enjoying all of the stories.
1. This Time Next Year by Alison Kent
This story was about Brenna trying to get to her Grandmother's house on the mountain for Christmas when a bad snowstorm catches her by surprise and she ends up losing control of her car. She is rescued by Dillon, the local doctor, who takes her to his home where the get to know each other while they wait out the storm. It was a very touching story with some steamy scenes thrown in, it was a fun read.
2. A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton
Calliope is attracted to Wyatt but he wants nothing to do with women. He is still recovering from a disastrous marriage and messy divorce from Calliope's sister. Calliope has to convince Wyatt she is not her sister and help him to move on with his life and learn to love again. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first story, Wyatt is a jerk through most of it.
3. It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon
This story was the funniest of the four. I loved Austin, he was my favorite guy of all four stories by far. He was sweet and fun and he made this one a lot of fun to read.
4. Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
This was the most emotional read for me. The two main characters, Justin and Clair, have been through a lot together the last few years. Watching them slowly come together and realize that they love each other made the perfect ending for this selection of Christmas stories.
Elisa Cardoso longs for passion in her life. Though she'd much rather spend her days photographing the stunning Wyoming landscape, food photography is a lucrative, if uninspiring, way to pay her bills. But when her next assignment brings her face to face with sexy restaurant owner Brody McDermott, Elisa can't deny the delicious effect he has on her.
From the minute Brody sees Elisa, he's dying to unleash her inner bad girl. He knows there's more to the sophisticated photographer than meets the eye. Now getting the sexy shutterbug into his bed is on his menu, but when she starts making her way into his heart-big problem. Love has been tricky for Brody, and he's not too eager to try his luck again. But when a golden opportunity means Elisa may be leaving Trouble for good, can Brody find the courage to grab on to love . . . before it slips away?
I really had a hard time finishing this one, I just didn't enjoy it from the very beginning. Brody and Elisa were likable characters but the entire book was about their relationship and I just didn't find them interesting together. It was really predictable and I found myself skimming through a lot of it to get to the end.
Unfortunately my favorite character in the book was a minor one, Brody's son. He was such a sweet kid and I really liked the parts with him and Brody. I just wished the rest of the book was as good. I have not read the other books in this series so I do not know if that was part of the problem with me enjoying this one, all I know for sure is that I would not recommend this one.
I am a stay at home mom of three kids who loves to read. I have always been a reader, but I have been reading even more recently and have found some amazing books. My favorite genres are historical fiction and classics. I also try to read lots of other types of books, but I always come back to my favorites.