I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Sweetwater Springs #1
Published by Forever on 2018-09-25
Length: 432 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2018 HoHoHo Read-a-Thon (Lillian), 2018 New Release Challenge
This USA Today bestselling author invites you to the delightful small town of Sweetwater Springs where the magic of Christmas brings to strangers together in this "story you won't forget" (RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author).
Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She's inherited her grandparents' charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it's just the new lease on life she needs. Only "heaven" comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.
After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who's the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he's been given?
Includes the bonus short story "A Midnight Clear" by Hope Ramsay!
Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains is the first in her new series Sweetwater Springs. Y’all it is no secret that I love small town romance, and this book fits the description perfectly. Kaitlyn and Mitch’s story is cute in a kitchy-way and I love the circumstances that bring them together.
Kaitlyn is still reeling from losing her dream job when she finds out that she has inherited her grandparents Bed & Breakfast. She has fond memories of the little B&B from visiting there as a little girl. She decides to move to the small town Sweetwater Springs and revamp her grandparents business. I found myself drawn to Kaitlyn. I like her determination to make this work. She hangs all her hopes on it and prays it will pay off in the end. What she didn’t expect is to share her inheritance with the boy who grew up next door to her grandparents.
Mitch hasn’t been back to Sweetwater Springs since he joined the Marines. Now all he wants is to sell the B&B so he can get out of the small town. What he wasn’t counting on was Kaitlyn. He decides to give her the two months that the will required and then sell his share to her. What he doesn’t count on is falling for her.
I love that Kaitlyn’s grandparents are basically playing matchmaker from beyond the grave. They are forcing their granddaughter and a man they loved to run the B&B together. It’s something that Kaitlyn probably could have fought in real life, but makes for a cute story as they faces the challenges of running and opening a run down B&B. Plus y’all this is set in my backyard….well the otherside of the mountains but still basically my backyard. I love the setting and the chemistry between the characters. AND it’s set around Christmas adding a touch of magic to the story in my opinion.
Overall I enjoyed Christmas on Mistletoe Lane. I can’t wait to return to Sweetwater Springs as the author has set up a fun town and some great characters. If you are looking for a sweet Christmas romance, this is it!