Kindle Edition, 118 pagesPublished December 8th 2015
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Last December, mystery author Maren Grant had the most perfect night of her life. On a glimmering winter evening, she got to watch the photo shoot for her very first book and ended up on a magical date with the cover model himself—Colin Renwycke.
Fast forward one year. This December, with a looming deadline, restless spirit and her creative spark long since gone, Maren is desperate to get unstuck. And she can’t get Colin out of her head…or his year-old open invitation to spend a couple weeks writing at his family’s farm.
Drew Renwycke never planned to come home and take over the Renwycke family farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel, including his brother, Colin, after one terrible family mistake. If moving to Maple Valley, Iowa, renovating an old farmhouse and switching careers is what it takes to put the Renwycke family back together, he’ll do it.
But his simple plan upends when a scrappy author lands on his doorstep. And she just might be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he wants her all to himself? Drew will have to choose between his Christmas wish and the enchantment of a holiday romance that just might be the happy ending they all long for.
I love the premise--an author falls for her main character, hence, falls for the cover model. Brilliant! Who hasn't had a little crush on a fictional character before?
Maren was lucky enough to go to the photo shoot for her book and ends up going on an enchanted date with Colin, the cover model. Almost a whole year has passed and she can't quit thinking about that open-ended invitation sent via postcard--a chance to go to his family's abandoned farmhouse to write. She could definitely use some inspiration for her next book, right about now. A spur-of-the-moment decision lands her trying to get into the farmhouse--but it's not really abandoned. Colin's older brother, Drew, is now making a go of the farm.
I love the way Maren interjects runaway thoughts to the readers, as if this is a play or a movie. She's such a creative, yet serious, yet humorous character--one who is very endearing. She often surprised me by her words, actions, and reactions.
Drew is a sturdy, stable, responsible character and takes his role in the family and community seriously. Colin is flighty, fun, and fickle--the opposite of Drew--but has an important role in the story. I loved their sister, Leigh, who has been down on her luck until now, as well as her daughter, Winnie. Such great characters, a quirky small town, and a magical setting during an enchanting time of year. I can't wait to read more about this family and this town!
Content: mild romantic elements (kissing, very vague implication of something from the past). Clean!
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