I am so excited to participate in the blog tour for Summer in Snow Valley! I loved the books associated with Christmas in Snow Valley, the first in this anthology set. All the books are clean reads and average 100-125 pages each, making them perfect for a quick summer read. Also I loved that the characters from previous books showed back up in this anthology 😀 It was a great way to tie the two together. Below is my review of one of the six novellas in this anthology.
I received this book via I Am a Reader. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Summer in Snow Valley by Cami Checketts, Cindy Roland Anderson, Jeannette Lewis, Kimberley Montpetit, Lucy McConnell, Taylor Hart
Series: , #2
Published by Birch River Publishingon 2015-06-01
Reviewing eARC from I Am a Reader
#1 Bestselling Amazon Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!
Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson
On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.
Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis
Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.
A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts
Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.
First Love; Love First by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart
Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last.
Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit
Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austin and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.
Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell
Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.
Review of First Love: Love First by Taylor Hart
First Love: Love First by Taylor Hart is the fourth novella in the Summer in Snow Valley Romance Anthology and focuses on a character that was introduced in the Christmas anthology. Janet Snow has beaten all odds, she’s survived terminal cancer, and now she’s raising her daughter alone in Snow Valley. Then at her brother’s wedding, who should appear but the man she’s never stopped loving…Michael Hamilton. Can they find their way back to love?
I adore Janet! You first meet Janet in Taylor Hart’s The Christmas Eve Kiss and she is dying of cancer. Then as the book starts you realize she beat the odds and is restarting her life. My heart broke for her during the first few pages as you see the character struggle with the reality of her life. She’s divorced, a single mom, everyone walks on egg shells around her. But Janet, she just wants to be normal, to live her life. Is she angry? Not really. Is she scared? Nope. But she’s a great runner 😉
Michael Hamilton…..let’s all take a moment to swoon. Michael was Janet’s high school sweetheart and first love. We all remember those, right? Well, for Janet Michael wasn’t just a first love, he was her only love. Though she did marry, I don’t think she ever loved the guy like she did Michael. He’s handsome, single, never forgot Janet, and he’s in town for Kevin’s wedding which causes a whole heck of a lot of trouble.
One of the things I love about not just this novella but the whole anthology is that it is clean romance! You don’t get that a lot in the adult world and when you do it’s usually really corny. However, this author and the rest do a great job of conveying the romance, infusing it with Christian values and all the while still making it swoon-worthy.
The sweet relationship between Michael and Janet left me rooting for them and my heart aching for them all at the same time. Michael knows what he wants and he’s willing to give up anything to get it. Janet knows she loves Michael but in her mind she can’t. The story focuses on what a lot of recovered cancer patients feel like: fear of the cancer returning and what it does to those she loves. She wants to save Michael from that, but also she’s a bit scared for herself. She’s been married and left before. She now has a daughter to think of. The story looks at Janet and if she’s willing to risk her heart again.
Overall this story is super sweet. It will tug at your heart-strings, may make you cry, but ultimately leaves you happy. Honestly it’s a Hallmark movie in a book 😀 That’s the best way I can describe it. If you enjoy clean, Christian romance, I highly recommend the anthology. It’s worth every penny!
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