This novella was everything I hoped it would be. It was sweet, heartfelt and full of Christmas cheer. If you love stories about second-chances — and who doesn’t? — this is one romance I hope you’ll check out this holiday season.
As soon as I met Seb and Leigh, I was rooting for their happily-ever-after. They’ve both been through a lot and their lives are far from perfect. But they’re both also very genuine and humble and eager to move beyond their past mistakes. They’re ambitious and fun. Even in this short story, they both have well-developed goals and character growth.
I don’t know how the author does it, but her books always leave me wishing I could visit her fictional towns. The community is always so endearing and quirky. The holiday backdrop adds an extra charm. This was another easy-to-read, delightful story. Read it for yourself and make your Christmas brighter 🙂
I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Secrets, Sparks and Second Chances…a Heartwarming Holiday Romance
Seb Pierce isn’t exactly a cowboy, but after fifteen years on a ranch in Texas, he might as well be. And he’d do just about anything to keep the rancher who took him in so many years ago from losing his land…including returning to the wealthy roots he’s long since abandoned. Seb agrees to work for his stern grandfather for one year in return for an early draw on his inheritance. But he never expected the agreement to land him in a quirky small town in Iowa at Christmas-time, renovating a dilapidated theater…and running into a woman he never thought he’d see again. She might not remember him, but he remembers her.
After too many years away from her hometown–and too many failures to count–Leigh Renwycke is finally back in Maple Valley and living the stable life she used to wish for. If only she could shake the old restlessness that used to get her into trouble. When Seb Pierce waltzes into her world and begs for her help planning the theater’s holiday reopening, it could be the solution to her discontent. If she pulls it off, it might be enough to jumpstart a new career…and to prove once and for all that the new-and-improved Leigh is here to stay.
But between old secrets and new sparks, restoring a town treasure in time for Christmas may not be as easy as it seems…especially once Leigh learns the truth about Seb.
Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com .