Happy Tuesday y’all! Today for Christmas in July I’m sharing a sweet, contemporary romance anthology from one of my favorite indie authors, Ciara Knight. If you enjoy small town and heart felt romance, you are in for a treat! I’ve read all but one of the stories in this anthology, and they are all fantastic.
Published by Self Publish on 2019-10-20
Length: 625 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Are you looking for a clean and wholesome holiday romance? How about five heartwarming stories from USA Today bestselling and Maggie award-winning author?
These “feel-good” yet “deeply emotional” stories offer second chance romance, mistletoe weddings, and even a splash of miracles with the promise of a happily ever after that will warm your hearts and curl your toes.
The stories in this set:
Christmas in Sweetwater County
Cathy Mitchell dedicates her life to helping others in Creekside even when they protest her interference. When Devon West swaggers into town, Cathy promises to help him reunite with his estranged daughter.
Devon is enamored with the strong, honest and passionate Cathy. She's like no other woman he's ever known, and he wants to win her heart. But when Devon's ex-wife appears in Creekside, she forces him to choose between protecting his daughter or keeping his promise to the woman he loves.
Homecoming for Christmas
Eight years after fleeing Christmas Mountain because of a high school prank gone wrong, Ashley Brooks receives a mysterious letter from her mentor asking her to come home. She arrives to face all she left behind—her family, her friends, and the rich boy she’d loved who would never date the girl from the wrong side of town.
Brent Donnelly, high school jock, brainiac, and dutiful son did everything right until the day Ashley returns to Christmas Mountain. With one look at the girl who got away he questions all his life choices, including following in his father’s footsteps in the family business.
Faced with a potentially devastating decline of tourism in their hometown, Brent and Ashley must work together to save the magic of their town, but when Ashley discovers he still has feelings for her best friend she must finally face the real reason she left Christmas Mountain—to try to heal her broken heart.
A Miracle Mountain Christmas
After seven years of separation, ex-couple Mason Harrington and Savannah Blake are thrust together to save their loved one’s dreams. But can old wounds from tragic loss, accusations of murder, and running away ever mend? It will take a miracle on the mountain to heal their hearts and reunite these childhood sweethearts.
A Christmas Spark
Sara Foster blames herself for her failed marriage. On Christmas Eve, she hides away in the family cabin, the same place her father abandoned her twenty years ago.
Dalton Scot is unable to face the family holiday after his divorce and discovering he can never have children of his own, so he chooses Christmas Eve to fix his buddy’s cabin.
Both search for a secluded spot to mourn their Christmas pasts, but instead are snowed in at the cabin for the holiday where they discover the power of the Christmas spark.
His Holiday Promise
Mary Clayton believed in the promises made by her charming late husband. She believed he’d love, protect, honor and cherish her. Instead, he stole her fortune and repeatedly hurt her, leaving her in poverty when he died.
Mary spent years battling her way back into the life she inherited from her family and has made it a rule to trust no man. But sometimes the heart ignores the rules…especially in the case of handsome widower Fredrick Krause and his tempting holiday promise of a sweet happily ever after.
But can Mary let go of her fear and learn to love again? If she can’t, she may well lose the only man who has ever truly made her feel safe and loved.
Review for A Miracle Mountain Christmas:
A Miracle Mountain Christmas by Ciara Knight is a sweet holiday romance about first love and a second chance. Savannah Blake has lived her entire life on Miracle Mountain, started a career, stayed even after her family left. She stayed because of a broken heart and the hopes that her first love would one day return. Mason Harrington left Miracle Mountain behind, seemingly without a second thought about those he left, he ran from tragedy only to find himself return and face the woman who has never left his heart.
I really like Savannah. She is headstrong, independent, and knows what she wants. She’s broken by her past but doesn’t let it define her. She’s the town sweetheart from the little interactions you see of her with other characters. But what endeared her to me is her compassion towards others.
Mason is…broken for lack of a better word. He left Miracle Mountain after he was accused of murdering Savannah’s younger sister. It was an accident and in his head he knows that, but his heart has never forgiven himself. He thought Savannah would be better off without him, that she would eventually forget him and move on, that seeing him everyday would only use her pain….so he left and now he’s back. Mason knows what he wants, the question is does she want him.
I love the sweet romance that remains between the two, and how the author shows this by alternating between POVs. However my favorite part of the story is the GGs, three elderly women who helped raise Mason and have taken it upon themselves to bring him home. These ladies are great! I hope to see more of them in future books.
Overall I really enjoyed this story, finishing it in one sitting. It’s sweet, clean and has a few heart-thumping swoon moments. The characters are sweet and memorable and the story is just enough to satisfy your sweet craving. If you enjoy second chance romance, I highly recommend you grab a copy.
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