Oh well if that doesn’t have all the magical wonderfulness of a Hallmark Christmas special I just don’t know what does.
What’s it About?
Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she’s not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!
Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.
If you ever have the occasion to read this book you must do so during the month of December, with a cup of hot cocoa in your hand, and an apple cinammon candle burning somewhere in your vicinity. Not gonna lie, the fact that I listened to this book a few months ago during a road trip in Florida sort of took away from the magic of the story. And what a magical story it was, filled with all the warm and fuzzies for your holiday cheer. Was it a bit cheesy and unbelievable? Of course! But isn’t that sort of a requirement for holiday romances?
An Interesting Start
Eliza hasn’t had the best welcome to town. The Inn where she was supposed to work burned down, leaving her with no job, and shortly thereafter she is hit by a car. Talk about a rough couple of hours! But alas, there is always a silver lining to even the most seemingly unfortunate of circumstances. The man who hit her with his car, Aidan, is a local geeky millionaire Adonis who offers her a housekeeping position in his home in preparation for his large family visiting him during the holidays.
The beginning of the novel is very interesting, as Eliza must make important decisions for both her and her daughter after so many calamities befall them so quickly. The end is also very sweet and charming when Aidan’s family finally arrives for the holidays. Unfortunately there’s a rather large part in the middle that kind of drags.
So Much to Think About
Eliza and Aidan both have their secrets, as well as special moments of sharing them with each other. However, I felt like the majority of the book was spent with them thinking about each other rather than actually spending any alone time together. They also spend time thinking about other things going on in their lives, and what has already happened in the past, that you sort of have to remind yourself that a romance is supposed to be blossoming between them.
*An audiobook was provided by Recorded Books for an honest review*
Series: Haven Point, book 1.
Should you read it? The best part of the book was Eliza’s daughter, Maddie, and the narrator of the audiobook did a great job making her childish enthusiasm shine through to the point where you couldn’t help but smile. The romance side of the story could use some work, but it’s a sweet book to read during the holidays.
Smut Level: Considering Eliza and Aidan are barely alone together, the most we see are a few kisses.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $1.99 Kindle Price. Harlequin HQN. 382 Pages.