Fans of RaeAnne Thayne and Debbie Macomber will love this USA Today bestselling author's latest holiday romance about enemies-to-lovers who fall for each other in a small Massachusetts coastal town.
Three Christmas wishes. Two total opposites. One magical holiday.
It's Evangeline Christmas's favorite time of the year, but instead of wrapping presents and decking the halls, she's worrying about saving her year-round holiday shop from powerful real estate developer Caine Elliot. Although the town has rallied around Evie, her attempts to stop Caine have been in vain. Now she's risking everything on an unusual proposition she hopes the wickedly handsome CEO can't refuse...
How hard can it be to fulfill three wishes from the Angel Tree in Evie's shop? Caine's certain he'll win and the property will be his by Christmas Eve. Yet bringing joy to others also brings back the biggest disappointments in Caine's own holidays past and challenges him to forgive and forget in order to enjoy the present festivities. But just as he dares to dream that Evie could be his Christmas future, a secret from Caine's childhood threatens their merrily-ever-after.
Includes the bonus story, "One Night in Christmas!"
Mason's engaging ninth Harmony Harbor contemporary (after Barefoot Beach) is an enemies-to-lovers story with a complicated but successful plot. Evie Christmas gave up her career as a psychologist to take over her family's year-round Christmas store, Holiday House, in Harmony Harbor, Mass. She struggles to make it profitable while simultaneously fighting the efforts of charming Irish developer Caine Elliot to turn it into a parking lot for his planned skyscraper. After chaining herself to a bulldozer, Evie convinces Caine to bet the future of his building on his ability to successfully complete three wishes from the store's angel tree. Meanwhile, Caine's imperious grandmother insists he acquire Greystone Manor to humble the Gallagher family, who are unaware Caine is the son of a disowned illegitimate Gallagher child. With the help of the ghost of matriarch Colleen Gallagher and Evie's persistent cajoling, Caine begins to thaw on the small town, but past events threaten to upend future happiness. Mason juggles her overlapping plots well by focusing on the deep, fluid emotions of her characters, which make even ghosts and humans reincarnated as cats plausible. This touching but never schmaltzy holiday romance is very satisfying.