Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Love Notes in Christmas Falls by Beth Labonte {Review}

Love Notes in Christmas Falls 
(Return To Christmas Falls * Book 6)
by Beth Labonte
Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Publication: October 23rd 2017 
When Caitlin Cook left the small town of Christmas Falls, Tennessee to attend Harvard University, she left behind the burden of her parents' slowly increasing hoard of antiques, a much younger brother, and Shane Mitchell--the boy who blindsided her with the news that he loved her on the night before she left.

Shane Mitchell spent his high school years fascinated by Caitlin Cook. The quiet flute player with her nose always in a book, he wanted desperately to find out what made her tick.

Eight years later, Caitlin returns to Christmas Falls--unemployed and newly single--after receiving a devastating letter from her beloved high school mentor. Caitlin is shocked to find her childhood home in disarray, and her little brother in desperate need of his sister. With Shane's help--now a pillar of the community rather than the carefree teenager Caitlin once knew--she begins to rediscover her love for music, antiques, and possibly even Shane. When faced with the choice of rebuilding her life in Boston, or giving love a second chance in Christmas Falls, will Caitlin be able to decide on the true meaning of home?

Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.
My Review: 5 Stars
I really want to know how to become an honorary member of this group of seven. The more of these books that I read, the more that I want to be a part of them. I'm feeling left out!
Caitlin has had some hard times, but she is very driven, especially as she tries to discover who she is deep down and what will really make her happy in life. Her parents situation was a little alarming and the way she deals with their circumstances and helps them is heartening. I love how she's willing to make changes in her life when she steps back to carefully observe and analyze.

Shane really does have a heart of gold underneath his jokes and charm. It's like he tries to hide that creamy, nougat center, and he definitely doesn't flaunt it, but rather tries to distract others from seeing it. The sparks immediately reignite as Caitlin and Shane banter, while they tentatively explore rekindling their friendship. I loved the romance--the sparks almost leapt off of the pages a few times. Just imagine--all of this started with just a simple question.
I haven't ever read anything by this author before, but I loved her style and the creation of these great characters. The story is full of decisions to be made and the emotion behind the choices is tangible. There is a nostalgic feel that is lightly threaded throughout the book, which is consistent with a small-town story. I love how each of these girls (so far) does something to make things better than they were before the girls came back to town.

Content:  mild romance (swoony kissing, mild innuendo); one instance of underage drinking.

*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions.*


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