Dreaming of a White Christmas in the Summer Sands
I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Homecoming for Christmas by Ciara Knight
Series: Christmas Mountain #1
Published by Self Publish on 2017-10-23
Length: 168 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Eight years after fleeing Christmas Mountain because of a high school prank gone wrong, Ashley Brooks receives a mysterious letter from her mentor asking her to come home. She arrives to face all she left behind—her family, her friends, and the rich boy she’d loved who would never date the girl from the wrong side of town.
Brent Donnelly, high school jock, brainiac, and dutiful son did everything right until the day Ashley returns to Christmas Mountain. With one look at the girl who got away he questions all his life choices, including following in his father’s footsteps in the family business.
Faced with a potentially devastating decline of tourism in their hometown, Brent and Ashley must work together to save the magic of their town, but when Ashley discovers he still has feelings for her best friend she must finally face the real reason she left Christmas Mountain—to try to heal her broken heart.
Homecoming for Christmas by Ciara Knight is a sweet, second chance romance about coming home again. I love small town romances, and this is the first in a series about a group of friends in the small town of Christmas Falls. Each novella has a different author, tells a complete story, and are all tied together by this town. Ciara Knight creates a magical story about hope, friendship, and love in her novella.
Ashley Brooks left Christmas Falls eight years ago and claims to have never looked back. However a letter from her old mentor brings her home. She hopes that she can get in and out without being seen, but alas that never happens in a small town. With her mentor’s request to save the community center that holds so many of Ashley’s good memories, she finds that she will be staying in her hometown through the holidays and that means fixing the relationships she left behind.
I like Ash. She’s unpredictable, spunky and fun, the life of the party. Being home only a day, Ash realizes just what a mess she left. Her friends no longer trust her to stay and her family isn’t much better. Then there’s Brent, the boy she loved who couldn’t love her back. Brent seems determined to prove to her that everything she needs is in Christmas Falls, including him. Brent let her go once, he has no intention of letting her leave again.
Overall, I enjoyed Homecoming for Christmas. It’s a quick read, I read it in one sitting. Ash and Brent are easy to root for, and the story unfolds naturally. I love the addition of saving the community center and her dying town. It adds a little Christmas magic to the story. If you enjoy sweet, second chance romances, I highly recommend this one.
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