Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Review: Mistletoe on Main Street

Mistletoe on Main Street (Briar Creek, #1)Author: Olivia Miles
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Series: Briar Creek # 1

Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . .

Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of--for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Hastings, who still heats her up like a shot of smoky whiskey on a cold winter's night.

Grace is back, and Luke is worried. How much has she changed as a bestselling author in the big city? What memories will she stir up? And was the choice he made five years ago the biggest mistake of his life?

Now, with their past, present, and future rocking around the Christmas tree, it's time for Grace and Luke to face the music . . . and the mistletoe.

But Grace Madison could never be nothing to him. And that was just the problem.

Pretty as a postcard. As much as she wished to deny it, Grace Madison knew that nothing could top Vermont at Christmastime.

Snow was falling slow and steady, neatly covering the slated roof in a white blanket. Someone had just hung a wreath complete with a red velvet bow just above the arched opening, and icicles gave a natural picot edging to the red-hued truss.

And one thing was for certain: she never walked away from anything – or anyone – without a fight.
I know I am supposed to be focusing on Halloween reads, but when I saw this one and received it in the mail for review I just had to take a break from my Halloween to be read list and give this one a try. This book put me in the mood for Christmas, and I still have about two and a half more months to go. The book is filled with Christmas charm and second chances. Grace Madison, our leading lady, is forced to return to the small town she was raised in after the passing of her father. Upon her return to Briar Creek, Grace runs into an old flame, Luke Hastings. Grace and Luke share a long, emotional history and their story is not one that I can easily sum up in a few words.

I loved Luke and Grace and I wanted to shake and scream at Luke and Grace at the same time. There were plenty of opportune moments for Luke and Grace to rekindle their past romance. Luke was too busy living in the past and Grace could just be downright stubborn. However, once they finally do start to reconnect, their relationship is so bright and forgiving that is enough for me to forget all their mistakes and flaws. This was the perfect book to sit down with at night with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket. I thought about their story while I was at work all day and could not wait to return home to see if they found a happy ending. I am looking forward to more happenings in Briar Creek!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Forever in exchange for my honest review***

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