Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this-fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He’s recently left his job with the sheriff’s department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he’s flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he’s shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he’s been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden’s also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can’t seem to help himself from falling for her.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he’ll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again?
This was my first Denise Hunter novel. I’ve been disappointed in contemporary romances recently, so I’ve been avoiding them. I’m desperate to find a contemporary romance writer that I like, however, so I decided to try this (I got a free copy, so why not?).
This was by far one of the better contemporary romances I’ve read in a couple of years. Her characters are likable, yet flawed. The situation is over-the-top, but not completely unbelievable. The plot is, of course, predictable (it’s romance – don’t they all end the same way?) but I like the little twists and turns throughout the way. The characters frustrated me, encouraged me, and held my attention. That’s exactly what I want from a novel – to have the writing inspire genuine emotions. Most of the romances I’ve read recently feel just like Hallmark movies; those are fun, but I like a story with a little more depth, and this novel had that.
I read a few reviews that said this wasn’t Hunter’s best work, and that’s encouraging. I enjoyed this book, so I’m looking forward now to reading some of her other works.
*I received a free copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.