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Christmas with the Firefighter by Clare Connelly #Review #Romance #Xmas #readztule

 

Title:  Christmas with the Firefighter

Series: Cape Hope #1

Author: Clare Connelly

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Published: October 22nd, 2019

Pages:  258

Rating: 4/5*


My Review:

This is certainly a story where the path to true love doesn’t run smoothly – this one certainly has some landslides en route!

Six year old Ally Monroe was devastated when her father walked out of the family home, never to return. Twenty years later, after the untimely death of her mother, Ally discovers a clue to his whereabouts and sets out to discover more about him. That clue leads her to stay in the seaside town of Cape Hope in North Carolina where she rents a cottage. Not wanting to give her father any hint that she’s in the area, she uses a pseudonym, never realising the problems this will cause! On her first day in the resort, she is greeted by six year old Stella Miller, a precocious but adorable little lass, who invites Ally to visit the local annual fair which is taking place that day. Stella’s Mum died giving birth to her and she is being brought up by her single dad, Luke Miller. The attraction between Luke and Ally is instant but neither are looking for romance and she’s not planning on staying for long…..

This is a heartwarming festive romance where the heroine’s feelings of isolation and abandonment are very movingly portrayed as her quest to find her Dad progresses. She is faced by dilemmas and quandaries regarding telling Luke who she really is, explaining to him and Stella about why she lied and considering whether they really have any possibility of a future as a family. He’s also racked by guilt at being attracted to another woman, even though it is six years since his wife, Jan, died. As their attraction builds, so do their feelings of guilt as well as love. Ally has so many secrets that she needs to reveal for them to have any possibility of a HEA together but how will Luke react to her revelations? Will he give her an opportunity to explain? This is a moving festive read with lots of family love, angst and turmoil before romance can help heal emotional wounds.

I was gifted a copy of this book by the publishers without obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it and enjoying doing so.

Synopsis:

Christmas is a time for family…

A mystery brings Ally Monroe to the idyllic seaside town of Cape Hope, North Carolina. On the quest to find out more about the father who abandoned her, Ally has no intention of getting too involved in the community. Only Cape Hope has a way of drawing people in and, before Ally knows it, she’s falling hard and fast in love with the whole town and its old-fashioned, charming ways – and particularly local single-dad Luke Miller and his adorable daughter Stella.

Volunteer firefighter Luke has been single since his wife died in childbirth six years earlier, making Stella his sole priority. But there’s something compelling about the beautiful out-of-towner and, before long, both Luke and his daughter are welcoming Ally into their home.

She came to Cape Hope looking for family and instead Ally found her way to Luke and Stella – but will they still want her when they realize she’s been lying to them about who she really is and what she’s doing in town?

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