All Holly Morgan wants is a safe place to have her baby. Nestled deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, miles away from her abusive ex-fiancé, Spence, Mountain Meadow seems perfect. Holly can manage a few meddling church matrons if it means Spence can’t find her. Harder to handle is Jake Allred. He may be a dark-haired hunk, but he’s also someone Holly can’t trust: a cop.
Since his time in the military, Lieutenant Jake Allred has lived to protect and serve. And if anyone needs protection, it’s Holly. Having been let down by the law before, she’s wary of letting Jake into her life. But when an unexpected snow storm strands them together, their attraction is hot enough to melt the mounting ice. Just when Jake thinks he’s finally warmed Holly’s heart, Spence strikes. Now it’s up to Jake to save Holly’s baby and bring their fledgling family back together.
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2015 by Lyrical Press
** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is May 12 2015**
If you are the type of person who is eternally optimistic and only see the good in things and others then this is the book for you. Seriously, this story is so sugary sweet that it put the Cinnabon I had earlier to shame.
I will start with my constructive feedback. I feel like this story had a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a feel good "Hallmark" story? Was it a Christmas miracle story? Was it a steamy romance? It was all of the above. I felt at times that there was no one direction that the story was taking and it was a little bit distracting at times. It felt a little too ambitious for was it really was.
Also, I was not joking when I mentioned how sugary sweet this story was. People were in love and soul mates within the blink of an eye. As the reader you miss out on the development of the relationship they happen so quickly. Although it is a change from a lot of what you read it was too much for me. Although I like to believe there is good in everyone this story took it a step too far to the point it was no longer believable. Even the "bad guys" in the story lacked believability simply due to how "good" everyone else was.
Now on to what I liked.
There were actually two stories within this. There was the story of Holly & Jake but there was also the story of Jenny & Evan which is not mentioned in the synopsis. I almost like their story better. Due to a shared history their story was a little more realistic.
The characters are really likeable. How can they not be when it feels like one big group hug love fest?
Ultimately this story as mentioned seemed a little ambitious for what it was and that was an uplifting sweet romance. It would be a good choice for someone who wants a pick me up particularly around the holiday season.
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