This lovely small town sweet Christmas romance really put me in the festive spirit even though it’s only July and the UK is experiencing a heatwave. I loved being back in Hartwood and as usual the small town setting was bought to life by the author. I’ve enjoyed the previous novels in this series so was looking forward to this one and was not disappointed, each novel is a standalone story. This is a heartwarming romance between a former Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Blake and physical therapist Holly.
Blake Bellows always lived life on the edge until he suffered from a degenerative bone disease and lost his left leg and his career. However, he is determined to get back into the top level of the athletic world and so is working with a physiotherapist, who happens to be Holly. Since her father died in a mountaineering accident Holly Maryn plays it safe and is looking forward to another Christmas season working and being with friends, until she meets Blake and wants to help him recover. As the couple spend time together they find they have more in common than they first thought and as they overcome their fears together love blossoms.
There couldn’t be a better setting to fall in love in than the twinkling mistletoe-clad winter wonderland that is Hartwood and I felt completely immersed in this story as I could picture the setting. Holly and Blake are wonderfully relatable characters and I loved how the book was written from both their point of views, enabling the reader to get to know them both better and feel engaged with them. I thought how their relationship developed was realistic and the chemistry between them came across in the narrative and led to steamy scenes. An enjoyable Christmas romance which I recommend and I look forward to re-reading it in December.