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Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Holiday Books, Tule Publishing
Release Date: November 16th, 2015
This is a delightful second chance romance with complex characters, plenty of surprises and is a great read.
A decade after leaving her home town, fashion buyer Shea Walker was involved in a serious car crash which left her battered and bruised but she’s recovering from operations to help fix her broken leg and, having listened to a life coach whilst in recovery, is returning home to try to make peace with her past. She decided to do so after finding out she’s lost her job as the company she works for has gone bankrupt. Unsure of her future she’s planning on seeing her parents to talk things over again but arrives to discover they’ve gone to Hawaii for the festive season. She never expected to see her ex, an ice hockey star, JC Royce but he’s also been injured and is home to recover. Although he married, he’s now divorced and he’s never really got over his first love. Having her literally fall last his feet is a dream come true for him and he’s determined to work to regain her trust and love this festive season.
Shea is a feisty, highly independent, stubborn and determined young lady. She’s quick to react, slow to calm down and is in need of plenty of tic to help her recover from her injuries and the shock of losing her job. JC is a star hockey player, a handsome hunk who she’s never forgotten or forgiven for disappearing from her life all those years ago. The attraction is still there, will they let their hearts or their heads rule them? Is there any chance for them to achieve their HEA?
A lovely story of a community pulling together, celebrating, supporting and helping each other, working towards a common goal as well as a great second chance romance. The characters are well developed, the plot sound and it is an enchanting novella for the festive season that I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys their romance sprinkled with festive cheer and small community interactions.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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