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.
I absolutely ADORE Christmas books. Halloween too. I just love seeing writers bring these special seasons to life with their words. With that said…I really didn’t love this book.
RaeAnne Thayne does an amazing job bring winter and Christmas to life. Which is why it makes it hard for me to dislike this book. I didn’t hate the book, but it really didn’t captivate me and I found myself somewhat forcing myself to return to it.
I definitely could see the town and characters coming to life as I read Andie and Marshall’s story. What was hard for me was the heaviness of the story. This is only my personal opinion, but I feel like holiday related books should be somewhat lighter. I know we all love a good Christmas miracle, but this book had so much heaviness within in, that I kept getting a bit torn in what direction I should be going.
For example, we see Andie’s history: this includes her husband, Jason, dying in the line of duty as a police officer and then later she is raped and attacked by her husband’s old partner, who is now in prison. Marshall, on the other hand, has just been in a hit and run accident and has a broken leg, and is certain that its an inside job. Then we learn Marshall has more in personal life than anyone in town even knows about.
These aspects didn’t necessarily bother me, but they made the book take on a lot of heaviness. The aspect of Marshall trying to solve his own hit and run case kept turning the story into more of a mystery. Then when the mystery is finally solved…it almost felt a bit rushed. Like it just didn’t make a lot of sense to me. My honest first thought was that the author sort of forgot about solving it and just needed to throw something in there quickly. That was how much it threw me off the way it was “solved”.
Overall, I did like the characters and the way the love between Andie and Marshall came to be. As a side note, there is no sex in this book. There is kissing and definite sexual tension. That didn’t bother me personally, but I know some prefer the steamier scenes so I want to be upfront that you won’t get those in this book.
If you are familiar with this author, I’m sure you would like this book. I would definitely be willing to read another book from this author. Her writing is fantastic and she was able to bring the story to life. I think it just became too many things swirling around and it actually took away from the rest of the good parts of the story.