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.
This contemporary series debut moves painfully slowly. Successful author Grace Madison's latest novel is a dud, as is her ex-fianc , Derek. She reluctantly returns to her Vermont hometown for Christmas, only to find that her family also lacks holiday spirit. Then Grace bumps into her first love, Luke Hastings, who's just as reluctant as she is to renew their friendship now that five years have passed since their terrible break-up. Grace and Luke argue, misunderstand each other's intentions regarding Grace's sudden idea to revive her deceased father's bookstore, and gradually reveal to each other what truly broke them apart. Miles makes a well-intentioned attempt to illustrate the power of forgiveness and possibility of hope during the holiday season, but Luke and Grace lack the requisite chemistry and humor. Future books may be better, as Grace's mother and sisters are more interesting and multifaceted characters who deserve starring roles.