Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: The Brides of Bliss County, #4
Published: September 2015, HQN Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 272 pages
Source: Netgalley via Little Bird Publicity
No one does the holidays like Linda Lael Miller, whose Christmas novels have warmed the hearts of millions of readers the world over!
Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit—she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online.
There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected…
Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back.
Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!
My thoughts: I've really enjoyed Linda Lael Miller's Brides of Bliss County series and this was a great installment. As a holiday book, it had that special holiday magic that wouldn't really work any other time.
What I love about these books is that you know going into them that the girl is going to end up with the guy. It's written in the synopsis, afterall. But what you don't know is how - what the journey is going to look like. In Charlotte and Jax's case, they have a history - they dated for a while when they lived back East, but things didn't work out and when Jax found out that Charlotte was heading back to Wyoming to her hometown, he does whatever he can to be there so he can get back his girl. Of course, he has a little help from Mrs. Klozz.
Now here's where this story wouldn't work any other time of year. Mrs. Klozz is almost too good to be true, more of a magical mind-reader if you will. She seems to know just what these two need before they do, knows just how to get them together. I really enjoyed her magic and wish I had someone like her in my life - I could use her help every once in a while to get things done!
This was a sweet holiday novel that provides a fun, light-hearted romance, some tender-hearted scenes between Charlotte and her great-aunt, and some adorable pets that know just how to wrangle their way into your heart. Plus, we see from familiar faces that provide the voice of reason just when Charlotte needs it. It's a story of love, friendship and family, just in time to get you in the holiday mood!
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