I know some of you might think it’s too early for Christmas but for me it’s never too early. I’ve already started my holiday reading and let me tell you there are some fab holiday reads this year. So officially starting next month I will be reviewing a ton of them. However I thought I would give you a sneak peek by highlighting one of faves so far.
Mistletoe on Main Street [Briar Creek #1] by Olivia Miles
Published: September 30, 2014
Format: via NetGalley
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.
Oh how I loved this novel! This is the perfect fit to be introduced as my first holiday read. This novel is all about second chances and finding who you are and what you want to do with your life.
This is the story of Grace and Luke two people who grew up together and have been in love with each other basically their whole lives. However it seems that their timing has always been a little off when it came to making life decisions involving each other. Luke always knew he wanted to stay in Briar Creek and make his life there, while Grace always had bigger dreams than just her small town. So Grace left and moved to New York to pursue her dreams of being a writer. She came back once but Luke had moved on and was engaged to someone else.
Five years have passed and Grace has finally come back home for the holidays. It’s not a happy time her father past away and it seems like her whole family is hanging on my thread. Grace is determined to not let Luke get to her but that’s easier said than done. After seeing her father’s beloved bookstore is closed she makes it her mission to get it back up and running. However there is one obstacle in her way and it has to do with the one person she didn’t want to have to deal with. Can they truly put the past behind them and focus solely on the future or is history doom to repeat its self? You can't help but root for them.
I really enjoyed this novel because it truly has everything a great book should. There’s nothing better than a great written romance plus Christmas as the back drop, now that’s a winning formula. I really felt I was in Briar Creek surrounded by all these wonderful characters who just added to the feel of this small town. The chemistry between Grace and Luke is off the charts! Talk about steamy! As much as they are meant to be in my eyes, I like how we get the full back story of their relationship. I love the give and take of it all. Everything isn’t all perfect, they have their faults and they have gone through some difficult things in their individual lives.
All in all this is one book you have to read this winter. This is the book you can imagine snuggling up with a cozy blanket and hot cocoa it’s just perfection! Plus this is book one in a series and I for one can’t wait to read the next one.