Published by Tule Publishing on 5th November 2019
FINAL DECISION: Sweet Christmas story that feels like it could translate well into a Hallmark movie. This was exactly what I needed for a holiday read, easy-going, nice people in an enjoyable story.
THE STORY: Rachel Mills, a hardworking California accountant has been passed over for a promotion again. When she is given a closed bookstore in a small Montana town by her aunt, Rachel travels there to get a look at the store. There she meets Atticus Bowen who has been wanting the bookstore building to open a restaurant. Although the two should be at odds, Atticus can’t resist helping Rachel try to reopen the bookstore. As Rachel has to confront what she wants in life, she draws closer to Atticus, but maybe she doesn’t want to commit to him either.
OPINION: I found this book exactly what I needed for this time. A sweet, Christmas romance that takes the characters seriously, has generally nice people as characters, no angst or serious drama, and a heartwarming ending.
This book felt like it could easily translate into a Hallmark holiday movie in the best way. The story is heartwarming and made me smile. I read it and felt happy when it concluded. It captured some of the best emotions of the holiday season. I liked that it avoided the dark and intense storylines (I love those as well, but this was a good holiday book).
Rachel is a woman at a crossroads in her life. I liked that the book doesn’t denigrate her choices but shows that our wants and desires and goals can change and that is okay.
Atticus is a sweetheart and I liked that he is supportive and is willing to change his own goals to build something with Rachel.
I haven’t read anything by this author before but would definitely try something else after this book.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a clean romance with kissing and implied more.
CONNECTED BOOKS: From mentions in this book and a look at the author’s backlist, it seems like this book is slightly connected to some of her series. It is not necessary, however, to read those books (I didn’t).
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.