September 24, 2019
Blurb: Christmas is always bustling for Halona Locklear’s flower shop, but this year, she’s determined to take some time out to give her young son an extra special holiday. So she should be thrilled when hunky police chief Alex Baker wants to be their not-so-secret Santa. But Halona can’t get too close to Alex. He knows a truth she needs to keep hidden…for her boy’s sake.
Though Alex always had a thing for Halona, he never dared to pursue his best friend’s little sister. But he can’t shake the feeling that the gorgeous single mom and her little boy could use some holiday cheer, even if Halona refuses to let down her guard. But when ghosts of Christmas past threaten, Alex and Halona must decide what matters more: protecting their secrets or opening their wary hearts to new possibilities.
I feel a little curmudgeonly as I write this: I had a very hard time getting through this sweet, heart-warming book, Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains. Ever read a book and it just seems interminable? That’s how I felt here. Why? I’m not certain.
I’ve read a couple of other entries in the Sweetwater Springs series so it’s not that I’m unfamiliar with the author, her style, or stories. It just seemed that this book moved slower than molasses in freezing weather.
The story follows Halona Lockheart, a single mother, whose son stopped talking after his father’s death, and police Chief Alex Baker, who was Halona’s brother’s best friend. Halona and Alex have always liked each other but never acted on it.
This book has everything you’d want in a Christmas romance. Hot chocolate, nice people, small town, more hot chocolate.
I am very willing to admit that perhaps this was a me, not you situation. Most reviewers loved this book. You may too.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 butterflies