Friday, October 23, 2015

Book Review - The Christmas Cottage / Ever After by Samantha Chase


ABOUT THE BOOK

An exciting reissue of both books in the beloved Christmas Cottage series from New York Times andUSA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase, just in time for the holidays .
Legend has it that any couple who spends the night in the Christmas Cottage shall have love everlasting...
THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE
Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend does, and she's the one getting married. It's Lacey's job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the best man, and she begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.
EVER AFTER
Ava Callahan wants desperately to believe in love everlasting. But when Brian McCabe walks back into her life and upsets her carefully organized world, her commitment to perfection makes it hard to accept the love that's right in front of her. Will it take a night in the Christmas Cottage for Ava and Brian to find their happy ending?

REVIEW

Two short stories that follow two best friends and how they meet the love of their lives.

The Christmas Cottage is a great short story.  I enjoyed the characters and how circumstances force them together and make them face their mutual attraction.  This story stresses the importance of honesty and communication in making a lasting relationship; something I heartily approve of.

Ever After is another great short story which focuses on the best friend from The Christmas Cottage, but a year later.  This story stresses how the pursuit of perfection can blind you to the here and now.  A great story with lessons learned.

OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.