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Check out my review for a great holiday read.

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Holiday gifts don’t always come in expected packages…especially in the town of Hope’s Crossing.

No one has ever felt sorry for Genevieve Beaumont. After all, she has everything money can buy. That is, until she discovers her fiancé has been two-timing her and she’s left with two choices: marry the philanderer to please her controlling father or be disinherited and find a means to support herself.

Genevieve’s salvation appears in the most unlikely of prospects: Dylan Caine, a sexy, wounded war vet whose life is as messy as hers. Dylan’s struggling to adjust after his time in Afghanistan, and the last thing he needs is a spoiled socialite learning about the real world for the first time. True, she may have unexpected depths and beauty to match. But he knows he could never be the man she needs…and she knows he could never be the man she thinks she wants. So why are they each hoping that a Christmas miracle willl prove them both wrong?

Like Sophia in Brenda Novak’s Take Me Home for Christmas, Genevieve has a horrible reputation around her small town community – some of it deserved and some of it not.  It is hard but also encouraging to see her stumble around, trying to right some wrongs but to also find out for herself the person she is and the one she could be.  She’s got a lot of spunk and courage.

Dylan on the other hand is doing a little running, from the truth and life and other people.  But, inexplicably drawn to Gen, he’s quickly given a swift kick … and while he might fight it every step, it’s the kick he needs to evaluate his life and where he’s going.  He’s a good man, also courageous and full of fight, but he needs to remember that too.

I absolutely love these two and their journey.  And considering how much I enjoyed Charlotte and Spencer in Willowleaf Lane, it just proves that Thayne has an amazing talent for giving her readers believable, sympathetic, engaging characters.  I couldn’t put the book down and anxiously turned pages as I waited for Dylan and Gen find their way to their own happy ever after.

This is only my second Raeanne Thayne book, but it definitely won’t be my last.  (And if you haven’t read any of her books you can easily start here.  Like a lot of series, Thayne does a great job of filling in all the pertinent details about what has happened before.)  Christmas in Snowflake Canyon is amazingly sweet and touching and heartwarming and all of those other fuzzy feelings that you want from a great holiday romance.  With an endearing cast of characters and a heartfelt story, it’s guaranteed to please anyone looking for a feel good read.

 

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