There's no place like Haven Point for the holidays, where the snow conspires to bring two wary hearts together for a Christmas to remember
It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor--to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.
Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want--each other--their Christmas wishes might come true after all.
This book draws the perfect picture of Christmas, with snow, decorating the tree, children playing, puppies, family events, and lots of love. It made me smile from ear to ear, belly-laugh several times, sigh so deep, even swoon a time or two.
This tale is so well brought together I was hooked from the start. It is one of those stories where you immerse yourself so deeply in it, you forget the rest around you.
The characters are intriguing and charming, and even though Marshall is like a wounded bear, in the beginning, he is a man who knows when to humble himself with an apology when needed.
Marshall and Andrea have been aware of each other ever since the terrible events past summer. This book is part of a series that I have enjoyed but is perfectly fine to read as a standalone story. There's reiteration of the past events so that nothing is left to wonder for a new reader, yet so well immersed into the story, it's not boring to the series follower.
As they dance around each other and try to fight the attraction they both are burning with, Marshall and Andrea form a meaningful yet fragile friendship where they share their thoughts, dreams, and secrets. Marshall's connection to Andrea's children is delightful and enchanting. The way the kids are responding to him is adorable.
Andrea wants him to see her as a woman, not the victim of a crime she was. Marshall has his own burdens he is struggling with. Those troubles give the story new twists, a mystery, even dangerous elements, and few surprises.
The story is filled with Christmas cheer with cookies, decorations, and children, yet there's just enough angst, conflict, crisis and dismay to make it a meaningful and relevant story. The clean tone of the tale make it the perfect Christmas romance, you can gift the book to any romance reader from younger one to grandmom without unease of suitability, and they surely will enjoy it.
For me, there's nothing that brings in the Christmas spirit like snow, cookies, decorations, enjoyed with family and friends. This masterfully crafted tale takes the readers mind to that dreamlike existence, where elation is high, life is filled with joy and glee, where love flourish and grow, any troubles are faced together, encouraging the other to come through.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.
Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.
RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me