Monday, November 9, 2020

Christmas at Holiday House
by Raeanne Thayne 

Publisher: HQN
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  This New Year will bring widowed nurse Abigail Powell a fresh start in a different city. Excited about the chance to create an unforgettable Christmas for her young son in picturesque Silver Bells, Colorado, Abby has been hired to take care of her dear friend’s recuperating grandmother. But sprightly senior Winnie insists she doesn’t need looking after. What she does need is help decorating her historic mansion, Holiday House, for a seasonal town fundraiser. Abby warms to the festive task, but she’ll have to contend with her own personal Grinch: Winnie’s prickly grandson, Ethan Lancaster.

Ethan Lancaster is good at a lot of things. Relationships surely aren’t one of them. His ex-fiancée convinced Ethan he was incapable of love, and he believes her…up until the moment he impulsively kisses Abby. What is it about this vibrant woman and her sweet son that knocks his world off-kilter? He knows they’re leaving town after Christmas. He just didn’t expect they’d be taking a little of his heart with them. But as he and Abby work together on the magical Holiday House through the record cold weather, visions of a different future dance in his head…one filled with warmth, love and a new beginning for them both.


Kritters Thoughts:  Abigail Powell and her five year old son are in the midst of a big move after they have endured the tragic loss of their husband and father.  Before the big move, she takes a detour to help her friend's grandmother, Winnie, who had an injury and needs help making the holidays special for her community.  This could be a healing stop and maybe even may really detour their plans!

This book was one of the highlights of my Christmas reads.  I loved Abigail and Ethan as characters and Abigail's son was the perfect comic relief and brought such light and life to the story.  I loved that there were two love stories in this book and that they each took very different paths.  The author expertly weaved in and out of them and gave each couple their own story and their own time to build.  

Rarely do I reread a book and rarely do I reread a romance, but could this be the one that stays in my annual rotation for each holiday season.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 112 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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