Holly hates the yuletide season more than ever since she received her very early inheritance: her mother’s Christmas novelty store. Now she has to put her life on hold to deal with the shop, while her parents settle into their busy sunny Florida retirement. But Holly’s childhood pal, Sean, is determined to warm her up—to Christmas and to him. When they uncover a diary concealing secrets involving both their families, this could be the Christmas that changes their lives forever …
I enjoyed this this story much more than the first book in the series of novellas. It's like a second chance romance that neve really had a first chance. Because it's a novella the story moves quickly but the pace actually works until the end, and like the first, its the mystery that trips me up. I get what Kauffman is trying to do with these books but I think they would work okay as stand-alone holiday romances without having the secondary mystery as well and probably be better books for it.
OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. The recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, she is also a National Readers Choice Award and PRISM Award winner and a RITA finalist. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she is surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.