Saturday, September 26, 2015

Christmas at Evergreen Inn, by Donna Alward

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250086945, October 2015

This is a gentle little Christmas romance to help you get ready for the holidays.

As teenagers in Jewell Cove, Lainey Price and Todd Ricker were a bit wild, and very popular with the opposite sex. Ironically, they regarded each other as a bit out of reach. Then Lainey went off to college and came back engaged to Jason. She also took over the Evergreen Inn, restored it, and built up its business. Meanwhile, formerly wild Todd became a police officer in Jewell Cove.

When a major nor'easter hits Jewell Cove and the entire region a few days before Christmas, Todd is out on his last, very tricky patrol of the roads when he sees a car that's slid off the road into the ditch. He pulls the driver, Mr. Sewell, out of his car and drives him to the only place in town that might still have room-Evergreen Inn. It's full, too, but by now the roads have been closed, and Sewell and Todd are stuck there. Lainey finds space for Sewell, and puts Todd on her couch in her own cottage behind the inn.

Jason? Well, Jason broke up with her last year a few days before Christmas--which was to have been their wedding day. Lainey has decided she can't stand Christmas. It's too painful.

Discovering their attraction is mutual isn't enough by itself to overcome Lainey's bruised heart, loss of confidence, and lack of trust, but this is Jewell Cove, and it's Christmas. Oh, and Todd has come a long way from the kid who stole the school principals underwear and ran it up the flagpole!

This is a fun, light read, great for getting in the mood for Christmas.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.