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cover50597-mediumNew York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne welcomes you to Haven Point, a small town full of big surprises that are both merry and bright

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she’s not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.

I love this idea!  Thayne is doing a spin-off of her Hone’s Crossing series featuring one of the Caines (make sure you check out Willowleaf Lane, Christmas in Snowflake Canyon and Wild Iris Ridge).  Snow Angel Cove is perfect because it is like a mini-reboot, perfect for new readers and with a ton of opportunities to develop new characters, but it allows you to still keep some of the familiar elements that returning readers love.  AND add in that it is a Christmas story full of seasonal warmth and syrupy sweetness … what more could you ask for? !?

Just like his siblings, Aiden is a good man.  He’s strong and considerate, with a deep sense of what’s important (even if he forgets here and there), and wants to do the right thing as much as he can.  He’s been burned a few times so he’s made it a point to keep his world as small as possible but he takes care of those important to him.  Eliza has known a lot of hardship in her life but it hasn’t stopped her from becoming a kind and caring person.  She’s a dedicated mother and loves those in her sphere deeply.  The two are definitely a strong, solid match and we’re right there with them as they develop feelings for each other, moving steadily toward a HEA together.

The majority of the book focuses on the time leading up to Aiden’s family coming to visit so we don’t get a ton of time with some of the characters that were in the previous series.  We do get some insight from Aiden into his family which I think will be a real treat for those who have read the previous stories.  And as with some of the other books by Thayne, there are fantastic secondary characters introduced to help play up the primary couple and be potential leads in following books.  We’re definitely given just enough to make us crave the next book. 

If you are looking for a sweet holiday romance Snow Angel Cove is a can’t miss.  And Thayne is such a whiz at giving her readers sentimental reads full of complex and addictive characters, focusing on people and their connection to each other, that you’ll be putting the rest of her books on your letter to Santa.  I hope you’ve been good this year!