It's that time of year again! The time when all the wonderful holiday romances are coming out! St. Martin's Press has so many great ones that I'm having a hard time choosing!
There's something for everyone here from historical to cowboy to small town contemporary. I loved the first book in Emma Douglas' Cloud Bay series so A Season of You is high up on my list. In fact there's a little something for everyone here - historical, cowboy, Scottish, and your small town contemporary.
Deck the Halls by Donna Alward (Amazon Link).
Alward is one of my go-to contemporary authors and the Darling, VT series has been a favorite. And since the beginning there has been George. We meet him as a homeless man and see his gradual transformation as he begins to get on his feet throughout the series. But George is haunted by something and closely guarded by his secrets and I desperately wanted to know what they were. So when I saw that George is front and center in this new novella I couldn't resist!
It was wonderful to get to know George better in this novella. Hearing his story was heartbreaking and I enjoyed getting a better understanding of how he ended up in Darling. It was impossible not to sympathize with Amy, the sister of George's old friend and Army buddy. I can't imagine losing someone so close and not knowing what really happened. I thought as friends they helped each other begin to heal.
The connection between them developed pretty quickly but I was okay with that because there was a previous connection and I think George felt obligated to answer her questions and seemed ready to take the next step. While I believed in the connection between the two I had a hard time believing that either were really ready for romance. They are both lovely people and I fully believe they needed each other but a full romance just didn't quite feel right.
However, I was able to ignore that issue and just really enjoy this holiday read. After three books getting glances of George's story this was a Christmas gift from Alward to Darling, VT readers.
Next up, will probably be Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle (Amazon Link). I've been wanting to read Nancy Naigle's books forever and this involves a bookstore and all kinds of holiday-goodness. I can't wait! What holiday reads are coming up for you?