What an adorable story! I LOVED IT! You quickly figure out where the story is going, but along the way many roadblocks make you wonder if they will ever get there--And that makes for some very fun reading! The family struggles that play in the story give you a sense of belonging--especially if you have been there before. And the Christmas setting will draw you in leaving you smiling until the very last page is turned. I highly recommend this book!
I needed this book. I have been reading a lot of sad and kind of scary books, so this one came just at the right time. It's so sweet, and just gives you that "feel good" felling.
First, I love the setting of this book. I love how the author made me want to sit on a porch in this quaint little town of Lake Forest, with a good book and a blanket. I am not much for small towns, but this one was beautiful.
Second, the characters were awesome. Kenzie seemed to be a bit beat down when she goes home for Christmas, but is determined to make her life better. Quite some time had passed before Kenzie and her daughter Sarah had been to Kenzies hometown. She had stayed away for some time trying to avoid her father. The past year had seemed to overwhelm Kenzie so she has decided to go home and has a surprise to share with her family. Jared is a swoon worthy man. He is a single father to his son Corey. He is trying to find a place for him and his son to call home that might be a little bigger than where they are living now. Jared has always loved this little town, and is excited to be back.
This story is such a sweet, sweet story. Kenzie decided it was time to return to her home of Lake Forest. She has had a hard year, and finally decided to leave her well paying job, get a new one just out side of her home town where she grew up. She has plans to buy her childhood home and cannot wait to get to town to tell her brother about her plans.
When she gets to town things don't quite go as she had planned. She finds out that someone else has put an offer on her house. She is determined to do anything she can to make sure that offer doesn't go through.
Then walks in Jared. Jared is handsome and kind, and worst of all is planning on buying Kenzie's childhood home. Kenzie likes Jared but all is fair in love and buying houses.
What happens after is such a fun story, of friendship, mistakes, Christmas time miracles, and love. If you are in need of a cozy, heart warming read, pick this book up. You will not be disappointed.
Source: I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Content: Clean and wonderful!
First off, I have to say that I love this cover. It's so cute and connects well with the characters and story in this book. Yay for fun covers!
The story itself left me wanting a bit. I just didn't find myself connecting with or loving the characters in this book. Kenzie is just off putting. I really didn't like her much at all. And Jared just felt flat. The connection between them didn't work for me.
In theory, this book has all the elements I look for- conflict, family issues, a past that connects with the future- lots of great ideas. It just didn't come together for me.
I did love all the cookie recipes. It fit in well with the story and the Christmas season theme of the book. And again, the cover. So perfect!
Content: LDS fiction although nothing overly preachy, references to past marital affairs, clean
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
It seems like I've read a few books with a pretty similar premise lately- two people that are attracted to each other but fighting over the same house. I enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of Kenzie's hometown and the congeniality between the Jared and her, even when they are supposedly at odds. Much of the narration and dialogue is telling about mundane details of daily life that don't seem to add to the story, but it progresses along at a steady pace. I was more interested in the subplot of Kenzie's falling out with her father, a well-meaning but gruff man who said regrettable things a few years ago that Kenzie has a hard time forgiving. The point of view switches between Jared and Kenzie, and a few scenes are shown from Kenzie's mother's perspective as well as Jared's son and Kenzie's daughter. I had a hard time really connecting with Kenzie's character since she seems a bit selfish or self-centered at times, and her emotions are told rather than shown. I found the book to be sweet, if a bit predictable. I definitely love the cover and appreciate that it directly relates to the story.
(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
This is a super cute contemporary romance set in Lake Forest, Illinois. After living in Chicago for the past two nightmarish years, Kenzie quits her job and drives her daughter to Lake Forest to reunite with her family and surprise them by telling her brother she is going to buy his house that’s for sale. But when she pulls into the driveway and sees the Sold banner on the sign, her dreams shatter before her eyes. The place of refuge she’s been dreaming about since her divorce is being ruined by Jared, a handsome single father who is buying HER house out from under her nose. Even though sparks fly when they meet and get to know each other, Jared doesn’t know if he can trust Kenzie since she seems out to sabotage the sale of his home so he can’t move forward with the purchase of her brother’s. This is a story that is easily gobbled up when the reader meant to only nibble. I loved the characters and the forest setting that was so magical at Christmas time. The misunderstandings, judgments, mishaps and magical past all combine to create several character arcs (major and minor) that inspired me and made me root for the characters all the way through. Loved this one. ***I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.