Book Review: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

sleighbellsSleigh bells in the Snow by Sally Morgan

Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favourite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year. 

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus. 

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell

Received in ebook from http://www.netgalley.com and read on an ipad using kindle software. Released just in time for Christmas!

Kayla buries herself in work to avoid having to think about Christmas and how it’s no longer the holiday period she once enjoyed. She jumps at the chance to work on helping to turn around a resort for the O’Neil family, thinking it’ll get her away from everything she now hates and fears, only to find herself out of her depth with people, families and holidays.

Meanwhile the O’Neil family are still coming to terms with the death of Jackson’s father the previous year, and Jackson in particular is struggling to turn the resort around whilst battling his grandfather who doesnt see the need to change anything and cant see why Jackson is wasting his time.  Jackson hires the company Kayla works for in order to help salvage the business and it’s Kayla who jumps at the chance to work Christmas week.

Kayla spends the week in a high end resort, learning to ski, ice skate etc, whilst meeting people who have known each other for years (and on the whole are best friends).  She finds people willing to come back from Switzerland to teach or cook simply because Jackson had asked them to.  Jackson sees – but doesn’t understand – some of her pain and her fear on intimate relationships but slowly thaws her out – helped by the amazing environment and resort.

Slowly she winds down, and falls in love with both Jackson and the resort and has to decide what is most important to her – her new family or the VP job that has been offered to her after Christmas.

Not all the story is about Jackson and Kayla, with secondary characters also getting a look in, in part to allow for the series to continue for the other brothers in the family, but it also rounds the story out nicely.

It doesn’t end as a full fairy tale for Kayla – her father doesn’t have a sudden epiphany and they become a happy family, for instance – but Kayla does inherit another family I think she probably prefers!

More about Sally Morgan and her books can be found at her website here

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