Photographer Rachel Prudhomme has finally settled in Ministry, Alabama. Sure, the pace is slower, and she’s had her heart blessed more times than she can count, but putting down her roots where her family is feels right, if only the town’s new doctor and now neighbor weren’t so hot and constantly igniting her dreams. How can she keep her vow to steer clear of men when he keeps sauntering across her path?
For Dr. Nicholas Sullivan to get his dream job in Atlanta, he must fill in at Ministry General, where they’re short staffed for the holidays. He never expects to fall for his beautiful next door neighbor, Rachel.
Soon, Nick and Rachael make a deal. They’ll pretend to date so Rachael can avoid the scrutiny from her family to “find a good man” and Nick can avoid the single lovelies in town who take his short stay as a challenge. Amidst the carolers, Christmas lights, and an unlikely Alabama snowstorm, Nick and Rachel can’t help but notice the powerful emotional and physical attraction between them. Will a Christmas miracle be all it takes to make all of their dreams come true?
Titles in the Alabama series include: Again, Alabama – Love, Alabama – Forever, Alabama – Christmas, Alabama –
Title: Christmas, Alabama
Series: Alabama #4
Author: Susan Sands
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: October 26, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
There’s just something about a small town romance that will always draw me in. The quaint, charming setting – the quirky, lovable people – and the traditions, as well as the drama that truly can only be found in a small town. For those who’ve been born and raised in the big city suburbs, small town USA might as well be located on another planet. That’s kind of how Nick Sullivan was feeling when he discovered that due to the small fact his contract with the big city hospital was almost up, well – he got the short straw to head to a small hospital in the middle of nowhere for the next six weeks or so to fill a shortage. Doctors should go where they’re needed, but Ministry, Alabama was the last place Nick would have willingly gone. And his misconceptions about what and who he’d find there were 98% wrong. His eyes were about to be opened to the joys and intricacies of small town living.
Rachel is loving her life in Ministry, Alabama. She has family here now, and it’s as far away from their past as a person can get. Here her photography business is taking off with dreams for so much more in the near future. She has a sweet apartment near the center of town, a lovely landlady who not only provides affordable living space but delicious baked goods from her oven as well. She’s happy, and due to her father’s actions, and the consequences, she hasn’t been truly happy in a long time. But her world is about to be rattled when big city meets small town… and falls in love.
Christmas, Alabama is such a fun read, a lively romance full of good hearted people, long held traditions, the craziness that is family and two people who are turning out to be exactly what the other needed. It doesn’t take Nick long to change his tune about small towns, and that’s a good thing because he was not my favorite person for a little bit there, down talkin’ small towns the way he was. Rachel and Nick have a few issues to deal with, like their families and that drama, having a limited time together,Rachel’s trust issues, and falling in love. With the help of good friends, new friends, and family they’ll discover that exactly what they need is within reach, they just have to reach out and trust in themselves.
If you’ve read the Alabama series then you’ll be meeting up with old friends and getting an update on their lives since we last met. I love when a story can bring together once again couples who I’ve rooted for to find their happy ending. It’s part of why I’m addicted to series. I’d highly recommend this Christmas visit to Ministry, Alabama for any reader who loves a good small town romance, likable characters, Christmas galore and a sweet happy ending.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
*This review first appeared on Keeper Bookshelf*
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