As twinkling lights go up and snowflakes begin to fall, Laurel Hanover and her eight-year-old son are going home to the Cranberry Inn in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Laurel can’t wait to leave New York behind to help her father run the family business, and make snow angels with her son, even if it’s just for Christmas. But when she walks through the door, she’s shocked to find the inn in disrepair, and a letter saying her father will be gone until Christmas Eve…
No one in town knows where Laurel’s father is, and she doesn’t know whether to be worried or angry – but she won’t let the inn go under, and nothing will get in the way of the perfect Christmas for her son. Seeing the worn-out wooden bannisters, bare of festive lights, she immediately recruits her childhood friend, brooding local carpenter Joel Hutcherson. They might disagree on whether any walls actually need to come down, but each rip in the carpet makes Laurel more concerned for her father, and Joel is a welcome distraction. And when he admits that Laurel was his first crush, she realises she’s falling for him.
But then Laurel uncovers a card with beautiful, ornate writing amongst her father’s things and learns the real reason he disappeared. And it changes everything. Worse still, she thinks Joel knew the truth all along.
Laurel thought this was going to be the perfect Christmas – that maybe she had found her happy. But now there’s nothing to stop her from running back to New York the moment the baubles come down… is there?
This book is a slow-burn contemporary romance about family, friends, and traditions over the holidays. This story is gleaned and wholesome and does end happily. The character has a lot of memories and things to work thru in this story, but it is an excellent read.
Laurel is a design assistant who gels her boss to design dream-worthy spaces for their clients.
Laurel is a single mother with an eight-year-old daughter. Her dad calls her to come to the Cranberry Inn, which she hasn’t been to since her mother died.
Christmas left her and her son in charge of the inn and alone for most of a month. Interesting twist her dad is there when she arrives at won’t be back till. I can wait for this explanation from her dad when he returns.
This story gets intriguing as Laurel runs into Joel’s crush and now her dad’s friend at the inn. Joel recently lost his mother and is home to get her affairs in order. But he also likes to fix up the inn in his spare time.
This story has many complications for the characters, and they can’t seem to get a minute alone to talk things out. I’m amazed at how this story ended, and I love that prominent characters followed their hearts and found each other as well.
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