Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Review: Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Lynne Jensen

Miracle Creek Christmas
by Krista Lynne Jensen

Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Pages: 368
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Riley Madigan moves to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will help her mend her recently broken heart. A little peace and quiet would be a gift this Christmas season. The last thing on her mind is love.

Former firefighter Mark Rivers has spent the last year recovering from burns sustained during a rescue operation. He’s been trying to piece his life back together but still struggles both emotionally and psychologically. When he meets Riley, he finally sees something that might bring some light back into his life.

When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity project, he finds himself falling for her quirky, unaffected ways. Riley doesn’t seem bothered by his scars, but is her affection for him real, or is this just another act of charity? One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it’s hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she ready to risk her heart?

Kritters Thoughts:  Riley Madigan has moved to this small town to escape some things and she just wants a quiet year to push her reset button.  Mark Rivers lives in this small town and is the local hero after a tragic accident that he is still physically and emotionally healing from.  They both have reasons to retreat, but maybe they will find something in each other!

I loved this book for one big reason and that was there were secrets that each character was keeping from the other, but the reader knows all and early on.  The hype for the reader is wondering when the characters will reveal their secrets to each other and how.  As a reader, I don't tend to enjoy being kept in the dark, so I loved that I was an informed reader and could instead anticipate the discoveries.  

I may say this a few times this holiday season, but this book could be a Hallmark or Lifetime movie and I would love it!  This was the right amount of holiday spirit with a dash of love and heart and it was the perfect recipe for a holiday weekend of reading!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Shadow Mountain.  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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