In the town of Silver Bells, there’s always a feeling of Christmas in the air… Let love—and RaeAnne Thayne—melt your heart this holiday season!
This New Year will bring widowed nurse Abigail Powell a fresh start in a different city. Excited about the chance to create an unforgettable Christmas for her young son in picturesque Silver Bells, Colorado, Abby has been hired to take care of her dear friend’s recuperating grandmother. But sprightly senior Winnie insists she doesn’t need looking after. What she does need is help decorating her historic mansion, Holiday House, for a seasonal town fundraiser. Abby warms to the festive task, but she’ll have to contend with her own personal Grinch: Winnie’s prickly grandson, Ethan Lancaster.
Ethan Lancaster is good at a lot of things. Relationships surely aren’t one of them. His ex-fiancée convinced Ethan he was incapable of love, and he believes her…up until the moment he impulsively kisses Abby. What is it about this vibrant woman and her sweet son that knocks his world off-kilter? He knows they’re leaving town after Christmas. He just didn’t expect they’d be taking a little of his heart with them. But as he and Abby work together on the magical Holiday House through the record cold weather, visions of a different future dance in his head…one filled with warmth, love and a new beginning for them both.
Received as one of my books from “a Box Of Stories” subscription, and since it was Christmas related, I thought I’d read and review it ahead of the Christmas season
Lucy, working abroad, asks her college friend Abby to travel to Silver Bells just before Thanksgiving, in order to look after Lucy’s grandmother Winnie, who has broken her wrist following a fall.
Abby has a 5 year old son Christopher, which she had with her husband who died following a car crash 2 years previously. Abby is a nurse and preparing to move across Texas in order to start a new job in the New Year. Going to Silver Bells for 6 weeks allows her a winter break before hand, so everything works out for the best.
Abby drives multiple hours with her son and cat (what happened to the cat? It’s never mentioned beyond the 1st few chapters). Abby finds the Holiday House to be a large Victorian style house, covered in the standard Colerado winter snow.
She finds that Winnie is old, and has some strained/broken bones, and apart from needing some pain killers, she was otherwise fine.
Lucy’s brother Ethan wants Winnie to go into a home. Winnie doesnt want to. In fact she still wants to open up the house to visitors for guided tours (hence the “Christmas at Holiday Home” title)
As a side thread, Lucy is facing a personal challenge about her relationship with Luiz potentially going from a Friendship to romantic. Lucy and Ethan have both been damaged by the relationsip between their parents, their divorce etc.
The next few weeks cover Thanksgiving, prepping for the open house, and then Christmas. It includes skiing, shopping, as well as decorating the house for Christmas.
As with other ABOS books, this book is good enough to have been published, but not one of those books to set the world on fire – sorry. It’s a decent Christmas related romance novel with few (if any) extras to distinguish it from some very similar stories