Saturday, December 7, 2019

For the month of December, I am going to post about some of my favorite books, favorite authors, and books I just can't forget about.    These are all books I'd recommend purchasing for Christmas gifts or for your own enjoyment. 

RaeAnne Thayne is an author that I love to read year round.   I am going to feature two of her Christmas themed books but all of her books are amazing.    They are sweet, sexy, fun, and easy to read.    
Coming Home for Christmas and Season of Wonder capture the magic of Christmas with their stories of hope, healing, and love.   They are set against the mountains of Haven Point.   I'd recommend a crackling fire and a cup of hot cocoa while snuggling up with these perfect books. 

Hearts are lighter and wishes burn a little brighter at Christmas…

Elizabeth Hamilton has been lost. Trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents, she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life. And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger and the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.

But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined. As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning?

My Thoughts…

This is the first Christmas book of 2019 for me.   While I am not ready for Christmas, I loved this story.   Luke is a single dad raising two wonderful children.   Elizabeth is a mother that left her family for reasons that she could not tell them at the time.   Now they are all back in the same town, gossips are talking, rumors are running wild, but most importantly feelings are coming back to life after being pushed down for so long.  

I loved how Luke was raising his kids.   They were no doubt that they were loved, but they were not spoiled.   The shoveled their neighbors’ sidewalks, were taught to respect other people even if they didn’t really like them, and most of all they knew right from wrong.  The fact that their mother abandoned them without giving them a reason meant that they had issues to deal with it but Luke was honest with them and respected their feelings.

I did struggle with Luke forgiving Elizabeth and letting her back into their lives so quickly.   There was a reason she left, I respect that she did what she did to keep her family safe, but she was gone for 7 years.   That’s a long time to just forgive and jump back into a relationship with her and let her come back into her children’s lives.

 RaeAnne Thayne has a talent for writing books that have real characters, wonderful settings, and a storyline that pulls the reader right in.   I always recommend her book and am now ready to start reading more Christmas books. 

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He’s giving her children a season of wonder…

Dani Capelli seized a chance to start over in a small town with her daughters. Now, facing her first Christmas in Haven Point, she wonders if leaving New York was a mistake. Dani loves working alongside veterinarian Dr. Morales, but her two children aren’t adjusting to small-town life. And then there’s Dr. Morales’s son, Ruben—Dani’s next-door neighbor. Gorgeous, muscled and dependable, the deputy sheriff is everything she secretly craves and can’t bear to risk loving…and losing.

Ruben never pictured himself falling for a big-city woman like Dani. But beneath her prickly facade, she’s caring and softhearted and she needs all the love and protection he can give. When Dani’s teenage daughter starts acting out, Ruben draws on family traditions to show the girls just how magical a Haven Point Christmas can be. But can he convince Dani that she’s found a home for the holidays—and forever—in his arms?

My Thoughts…

I found myself reading, turning pages, and finishing chapters while putting off all the rest of the chores that I was supposed to be doing.      Maybe it helped that it was a rainy gloomy day but I could not stop reading about Dani and Ruben.   

Dani’s children were amazing.   The attitude of the teenager, the wanting to please of the youngest were so real to how my children were that I could picture myself as a single mom trying to handle the kids, a job, and now a man that I can’t stop thinking about.    

Ruben…sigh… he was amazing.   He won my heart when he didn’t push the girls to talk to him; he talked to them as adults and didn’t expect more from them than what a child can give.     He knew that Dani and the girls were a family and if he wanted to be in any of their lives he had to be in all of their lives.      He treated Dani with respect but also as a woman, he showed her he was attracted to her, gave her space when she needed it, and accepted what she was able to give.  
RaeAnne Thayne is an author that I always enjoy and Season of Wonder is no exception.    I recommend picking up this easy, light, and fun book.    It does not have to be read with the rest of the series as it is definitely a stand-alone book.   

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