Published by Shadow Mountain on September 8, 2020
Genres: Christmas, Clean Romance, Holiday
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing
When Riley Madigan moves to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will help her mend her recently broken heart. A little peace and quiet would be a gift this Christmas season. The last thing on her mind is love.
Former firefighter Mark Rivers has spent the last year recovering from burns sustained during a rescue operation. He’s been trying to piece his life back together but still struggles both emotionally and psychologically. When he meets Riley, he finally sees something that might bring some light back into his life.
When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity project, he finds himself falling for her quirky, unaffected ways. Riley doesn’t seem bothered by his scars, but is her affection for him real, or is this just another act of charity? One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it’s hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she ready to risk her heart?
Broken hearts and lives are mended as the town of Miracle Creek comes together to celebrate a Christmas to remember.
Riley Madigan moves to the quiet town of Miracle Creek were she meets the mysterious Mark Rivers. Mark was in a horrible accident while we was a firefighter and was burned pretty bad. The town seems to shy away from him and his self esteem isn’t very good but when he meets Riley he realizes she makes him feel like he can be himself.
I really liked this book BUT Riley spend most of her time trying to control her feeling and was more worried about what other people would think about her relationship with Mark. I felt really bad for Mark, like he deserved so much better than what the town and Riley was doing. While I thought the banter between the two of them was rather funny, I felt a lot of the background characters were kind of flat. For example, I loved Mark’s Father and I thought at times he was hilarious but I felt like he was really a background character and he didn’t really advance the story much. I also felt like the story was miss the entire Christmas theme. Like it was rushed over, no tree trimming, no big Christmas party, no presents, no Santa, no Christmas village or shopping. They did Thanksgiving and had a lot of snow but I missed the Christmas part of the story.
Overall it was a cute book, I did like the characters just felt like it was missing something. Maybe as a Hallmark Xmas Movie this would layout better but I am not sure it was one of my favorites. I love a good clean, wholesome story and this was cute but not was I was expecting.
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