Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy.
With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance.
Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?
Titles in the Return to Christmas Falls series include: Homecoming in Christmas Falls by Ciara Knight – Honeymoon For One in Christmas Falls by Jennifer Peel – Once Again in Christmas Falls by Becky Monson – Rumor Has It in Christmas Falls by Melinda Curtis– Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler – Love Notes in Christmas Falls by Beth Labonte – Finding The Truth in Christmas Falls by Danielle Stewart
Title: Forever Yours in Christmas Falls
Series: Return to Christmas Falls #5
Author: Susan Hatler
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: October 23, 2017
My Rating: 5 stars
Forever Yours in Christmas Falls is an emotionally packed romance that touches on so much more than the growing love between Morgan and Dallas. There is a family dynamic here that may not precisely fit every family, but I feel most of us can relate. For years now Morgan has, on the surface, conformed to her mother’s demands of her life. She dressed the part, associated with the right people, and lived a life that wasn’t truly her own. Her rebellions were her circle of best friends in school, a crush on her brother’s best friend and dreams that were far different from her mother’s expectations. Morgan was living or being pushed to live another person’s life… her sister Grace who had died in a tragic accident that haunts people still. Her mother couldn’t see that Morgan wanted something very different, so Morgan did the only thing she could do. She left home, went to school for what she wanted to do and stayed away from home so her parents wouldn’t know what she was really up to. But now it’s time to come home. For herself. For Miss Anna Cate. And perhaps, finally, for the right reasons. It was time to face down her mother – and it wasn’t going to be easy.
A mix-up with the lease of the property that Morgan wanted for her new salon… and the property that Dallas planned on for his handmade furniture store would spark the beginning of their relationship. Two people who had always been attracted to each other, each had their secret crush might now as adults see each other in a different light. There may be a future growing for them… but there are so many roadblocks that they’ll have to navigate. Her past and family. His past and the town’s perception of him. And most of all… Morgan’s mother.
It’s very easy to view Ivy, Morgan’s mother, as the villain in this romance. The truth is that she really isn’t. Oh, she’s stubborn, opinionated, demanding and strict… but she’s also a mom, a fact that Miss Anna Cate makes clear to us and Morgan late in this story. Hey, I’m a mom and I didn’t see Miss Anna Cate’s viewpoint until it was brought to my attention – so it’s easy to see her as the bad guy in this romance.
Both Dallas and Morgan are holding secrets close to their hearts, secrets that have shaped them and need to come out into the open to be healed. Funny how love can do that. There were moments when it looked like they couldn’t possibly find their future, and the emotional feel of those moments flows from the page to the reader so poignantly.
I have always loved Susan Hatler’s romances… but this one goes to another level. I picked up this story from NetGalley and within minutes went and pre-ordered the entire series.and I’m so glad I did for this has been a wonderful journey with friends reuniting, families changing, and futures being forged – and it’s not over yet for there are more stories to come. I was touched by Morgan and Dallas’ romance, by their lives and I would highly recommend this story and the entire series to any Romance reader, no matter the genre. It’s that good.
I purchased this entire series to keep final editions in my own personal Kindle library.
*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 also appears on Keeper Bookshelf*
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