Their love was an unexpected gift. Can it last?
Christmas, wonderful as it is, can also be a time when losses, failures, and secret hurts hit extra close to home. It certainly is for Bryn Hale and Sean Carson, two strangers traveling a lonely stretch of highway in a brutal snowstorm.
Divorced by her husband because of her inability to have children, and devalued by her family who sympathize with her ex, Bryn believes all the negative things she's been told about herself. She decided long ago that love and marriage are permanently off the table.
Special event organizer Sean Carson is mourning the loss of a dream. Officially separated for six months, he finally knows beyond doubt that the woman he was with for ten years doesn't love him and maybe never has. All he wants is to love fully, totally and forever—and to have someone love him the same way. But does that kind of relationship even exist?
When a car accident forces their introduction and lands Bryn and Sean together at magical River's Sigh B & B, Sean finds himself smitten. Bryn feels the attraction too, but her desire for self-protection runs deep. Plus, Sean has tipped his hand. He wants kids. It only makes sense for them to go their separate ways, but matters of the heart don't always follow logic. Bryn musters her courage and lets herself fall for Sean.
Then Sean gets terrible-wonderful news from his ex: he's going to be a dad. What will he do? Be the loyal, stand-by-your-woman man he's always thought he was and go back to her—or keep his promise to Bryn?
I’m a big fan!
I’m a big fan of this authors River’s Sigh series and Silver Bells is a wonderful addition to the collection and a very cozy way to spend a lazy winter afternoon while the snow blows outside your window. The author’s vivid descriptions of the beautiful scenery made it easy to imagine myself shivering with the cold as Bryn and Sean brave freezing cold temperatures and knee high snow to find anywhere to shelter from the storm. I enjoyed catching up with the characters from earlier books in the series as much as i enjoyed the antics of Bryn’s canine companion. Will these two jaded characters put their shattered hearts on the line or will they protect their hearts and decide to take a chance on love? You’ll have to read the story to find out. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary and unsolicited review are completely my own.
A very sweet and moving story.
These days my reading preferences tend towards more spicy stories and mostly in the M/M Romance genre. That said, I have a few favorite authors whose stories I will always read and Ev Bishop is one of those authors. I've been a huge fan of her River's Sigh B & B since the first book came out in January 2015.
Bryn and Sean meet on a snowy night just before Christmas. They are both stranded in a snow storm and end up sharing the only cabin available at River's Sigh B & B. Bryn is suffering from very low self-esteem due to her jerk of an ex-husband. Sean is tired of the treatment he's received from his off-again-on-again girlfriend. Something almost magical seems to happen to them while they are at River's Sigh.
This story had me in tears at many places; sad tears at times for Bryn and Sean and sometime happy tears for them; that's my favorite kind of story. While I would classify Silver Bells as mostly a sweet story it also has a hint of spice in places.
For a relatively short novella the story really packed a punch for me. Sean and Bryn are perfect for each other but a relationship between them just can't be that easy; a bit of conflict is inevitable but the ending to this story is perfect. And, if you like epilogues as much as I do, Ev Bishop has written a wonderful one for Bryn and Sean; it was just perfect!
I'm ready for more River's Sign B & B stories, Ev. Are you listening? <smile> I wish that River's Sign B & B was a real place that I could go visit.
Note: I purchased a copy the Mistletoe Kisses anthology where this story first appeared.