ebook, 288 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Zebra
The best Christmas present? The unexpected romance that brings two former classmates together for a lesson in holiday magic…
With its festive Snowed Inn and year-round Christmas store, the pretty town of Tall Pine knows how to do the holidays right. But this year, Liv Tomblyn’s homecoming trip may be bittersweet. Liv’s grandmother died soon after Thanksgiving, leaving a lifetime of belongings to sort through. Soon Liv is surrounded by memories, including a retro silver Christmas tree. And there’s Liv’s old friend Scott Leroux—the one-time class clown who’s become the town’s go-to handyman.
Scott enjoyed helping Liv’s Nammy with little fix-it jobs in recent years, but now he’s wondering if the crafty grandma had a much larger project in mind. Everything—from Nammy’s mysteriously malfunctioning heater to that silver tree—seems to be conspiring to throw Liv and Scott together. Not that Scott objects. For though Liv insists she’ll leave Tall Pine when the holidays are over, he’s hoping their holiday kisses might thaw her resolve and make this Christmas truly unforgettable…
My Review: 4 Stars
I love this little Christmas town located in Southern California and the charming people who live here. In this installment, Scott and Liv, two former high school classmates, are reunited when Liv's grandma, Nammy, passes away and she comes home for a month to help her mom and sister. Scott hasn't ever left town and is now the resident handyman.
Christmastime is a very nostalgic time for many people. Although the reader doesn't meet Nammy, she becomes real through the traditions and memories that are brought to life throughout the book. As Scott helps this family go through Nammy's belongings and fix the house up to sell, Liv gets to know him in a new way--as adults. There is an attraction between them, but boy, does Liv fight it! The magic that happens when they kiss and the kind and gentle man that Scott has become should be enough for her to do what she needs to do, but she fights to the bitter end, which is a little frustrating. I would've given up.
I love the way this family becomes closer through a loss. This book can stand alone, but it was so much fun to see the characters from the previous novel make appearances. I love how small towns are bound together and step up to help each other in various ways.
There is a thread of magic that shimmers at random moments. This is a magical season and a magical place, one that I'd love to visit if it were real. There are a few things that I would've liked to see wrapped up--I felt like there are a few loose ends, but overall, it's an enchanting story.
Content: very mild language; mild romance.
*I received a copy through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
About the Author:
Sierra's first novel, LOVE ON THE AIR, was a Holt Medallion finalist. Her Kensington debut, NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT, won the Golden Quill for Sweet Traditional Romance.
Her series of Evergreen Lane novels begins with DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?, a finalist for the SnowGlobe Award. The series continues with her latest romance, WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS.
You can email Sierra at email@example.com, or visit her website at www.sierradonovan.com.