About the Book:
Fall in love this holiday season with this heartwarming story about finding romance, the magic of Christmas, and the importance of family…
Children’s bookstore owner Addie Mayberry believes in the magic of Christmas. Or at least, she used to. So when a young customer needs some seasonal optimism, Addie sets out to give the vulnerable, heartbroken little girl the best Christmas ever. Which means helping the hottest man in Shadow Creek, Bella’s surgeon father, find his holiday spirit. Addie’s up to the challenge, but between tree decorating and late night talks, she realizes she’s starting to fall hard for the one man she definitely shouldn’t.
Drew Barrett drastically changed his fast-paced life when he moved back to Shadow Creek, but it was all worth it to give his daughter a better life. He wasn’t exactly winning dad-of-the-year awards before, so he’s determined to make it up to Bella. And with Addie’s help, he’s slowly repairing his relationship with his daughter. The last thing he wants is to fall in love, since that road only leads to pain, but he can’t stop thinking about Addie. Not only is she gorgeous, sweet, and great with Bella, she fills something in him he never knew was missing. But Addie wants forever, which is more than Drew can offer…
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A sweet, holiday-themed romance 🙂
Addie, the younger sister of the heroine from the last book in the series (Molly of The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancee ) is the one who’s often borne the brunt of her mother’s “we need to be perfect and you’re in the way of that” wrath. Addie’s always been on the plump side, and though she did very well in her first career as a children’s librarian, now she’s back in her hometown in her dream job–owner of a children’s bookstore. (Even that’s not quite up to mom’s standards, since Addie’s two sisters are doctors and mom herself is the mayor of the town.) Addie hasn’t had much of a dating history, thanks in large part to a disastrous high school experience, and has pretty much decided that she’ll probably live her life alone and that’s (mostly) okay. But that’s before Bella Barrett bursts into her shop, her overwhelmed father in tow…
Drew knows that his last relationship–with Bella’s mother–was an unmitigated disaster, and he’s determined to repair his relationship with his young daughter; a crucial part of that project, he is sure, is not getting involved with another woman again. But he didn’t count on Addie Mayberry, who tempts him like no one has before…
It was fun watching Drew and Addie fall in love, and seeing the part Bella played in it all. Though this book is the sixth in the series, it worked fairly well as a standalone–though Mayor Mayberry plays a large (and largely negative) role in her daughters’ lives, reading Molly’s book first might help you to understand the dynamic between the sisters and their mothers a bit better than is obvious in this book alone.
One more sister to go… 😉
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Meet the Author:
Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto. She is a mother to two young children, one very disorderly feline, and wife to her very own hero. Victoria attended Queen’s University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She then earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized by Entangled in 2012. Victoria is living her dream— staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters. Victoria would love to hear from her readers! You can visit her at www.victoriajames.ca or Twitter @vicjames101 or send her an email at Victoria@victoriajames.ca.