Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Haven Point with New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne, where hope, home and happily-ever-after are as close as your holiday stocking
Christmas is the last thing on Cole Barrett's mind this year. He's barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebrationand certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life.
Physician Devin Shaw has long researched the curative powers of Lake Haven's mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch's attractively gruff owner: she'll give Cole's children a magical Christmas, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family's battered heartsand her own?
Second chances abound in Thayne's third contemporary set in small Haven Point, Id. (after Redemption Bay). Former rodeo rider and ex-con Cole Barrett is reviving the family ranch, and his two kids are learning to live with him after their mother's death. Cole also has to take care of his pregnant sister, Tricia. In the background is his resentment that his own father didn't stick around during his childhood. Family physician Devin Shaw steps into the middle of all the anger, disappointment, and tension, spreading joy and warmth everywhere she goes. Unfortunately she's just too perfect: she moonlights at the ER, teaches yoga to senior citizens, and volunteers with a charity. Even her substantial past medical troubles don't do much to humanize her. Cole is human enough for both of them, though: standoffish, slow to trust, and quick to hold a grudge. Watching him learn about forgiveness is much more satisfying than the tepid romance story line.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Wonderful book; first romance I’ve finished in months!
I’ve picked up several romances recently, both by best sellers and others, and haven’t managed to get past the fourth chapter. This book grabbed me by the heart from the get-go and didn’t let go until the end. Cole’s flaws especially made this a wonderful story, and much of the joy stemmed from watching him battle them and overcome them. Devin is also an incredible, compassionate character, and she stole my heart immediately. Packed with graceful, breathtaking descriptions, small town charm, and heartwarming Christmas cheer, this book has turned me into a RaeAnne Thayne fan. Evergreen Springs was my first book by Ms. Thayne, but it definitely will not be the last. Highly recommended.