Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She’s inherited her grandparents’ charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it’s just the new lease on life she needs. Only “heaven” comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.
After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rear-view mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he’s now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he’s given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it’s his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who’s the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he’s been given?
5 out of 5 stars
|This was my first book by Annie Rains but it most definitely will not be my last. I absolutely loved this book! This was the perfect book to get me in the mood for the holidays. The Christmas season is my favorite time of year and this book did a wonderful job of making me remember everything I love about that time of year.
I would love to live in a place like Sweetwater Springs! I love the feeling that the town gave me. Sweetwater Springs is a small, close-knit town where the residents truly care about each other and would do just about anything to help a person that is in need. I enjoyed meeting some of the residents there, like Alex and Dawanda. Gina was another favorite of mine.
The main characters Kaitlyn and Mitch were both so lovable. I thought it was really brave of Kaitlyn to move away and start over fresh in a new place. Running the Bed and Breakfast was the perfect opportunity for her. It allowed her to truly be herself and allowed her to express her creativity that she wasn’t able to do at her previous job. My heart broke for Mitch at the guilt that he had carried with him for all of those years. Being forced to work with Kaitlyn ended up being one of the best things that could have happened to him. They were both what the other one needed. They made the perfect team also when it came to running the Bed and Breakfast together.
I liked that Kaitlyn and Mitch both had a close friend that they could count on and lean on when they needed it. Josie is the perfect best friend for Kaitlyn. Anyone would be lucky to have a friend like her. Alex and Tuck were the same thing for Mitch.
One of my favorite things about this book is that it was told in dual third-person POV so we got insight into both Kaitlyn and Mitch. This provided me with a good sense of how each of them was feeling and what they were going through.
This was a sweet, heartwarming romance story that didn’t have a lot of unnecessary drama that you sometimes get with other books. There is a recipe at the back of the book for Grandma Mable’s Gingerbread Cheesecake that I will most definitely be trying! It sounds delicious.
I’m already looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait until it comes out!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Forever Romance, in exchange for an honest review.