Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a helping hand…for her sick young daughter’s sake as well as her own. But she’s not expecting her holiday hero to almost run her down with his car! 

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew that what his life was missing was Eliza and her little girl. But is he willing to risk hoping for a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?

Titles in the Haven Point series include:  Snow Angel Cove – Redemption – Evergreen Springs – Riverbend Road – Snowfall in Haven Point – Serenity Harbor – Sugar Pine Trail –

(This entire series will be reviewed on my all romance blog – Romance Is Ageless – over the coming months, not just the Christmas related ones.  If you’d like to follow the year round happenings in Haven Point check it out on RIA)

Title:  Snow Angel Cove
Series:  Haven Point
Author:  RaeAnne Thayne
Published:  October 28, 2014
My Rating:  4.5 stars

If you’ve read the connecting series Hope’s Crossing then you’ve run into Aiden before, or are at least aware of who he is and his family.  This multi-millionaire geek genius has recently purchased property In Haven Point mainly as a refuge for Snow Angel Cove is a lodge big enough to fit his entire family and beautiful enough to ease his mind when he needs beauty and solitude.  He also, inadvertently, bought up half the property in this small town which makes him a rather absent landlord to some folks – and he’s not getting the warmest welcome from the people in town.  Truth be told he made the purchase from a friend as a favor, and perhaps wasn’t in the best frame of mind when he did that favor… now he’s going to understand why Ben wanted to get rid of it so quickly.

Eliza and her daughter, Maddie, have arrived in Haven Point looking for a fresh start only to discover that the hotel Eliza was to manage has just hours earlier had an intense, almost totally devastating fire… and there is not only no room at the inn, but no job as well.  To add insult to injury, Eliza watched in horror as a car hit a patch of ice and was sliding out of control toward her daughter in a crosswalk.  She did what a mother does, ran and pushed Maddie out of harm’s way, only to be struck herself.  She wasn’t badly hurt, but she does come face to face with a man she’d hated from a distance for a very long time… and he was the only way she could stay out of the hospital.  Trusting Aiden was impossible, but for her daughter’s sake, Eliza would trust the devil …temporarily.

As the beginning of a new series, Snow Angel Cove hit all the right notes for me with enough backstory to make the tensions and attitudes in this small town believable, yet with enough hope for resolution to want to hang around to see how things turn out.  As a Christmas romance, this one lit up the Christmas tree in lovely scenes, decorations, the madness of a large family, and the closeness of a precious child.  Eliza and Aiden’s romance was a slow build, a slow burn.  They each held secrets – important secrets that will get in the way of how they react to each other, and how their feelings become a bit complicated because of what they believe is truth.  The animosity of most of the townsfolk toward Aiden is also a slow building wave as we slowly get to understand why.

I liked this couple, and it was an adventure to watch them overcome obstacles, win each other over and finally tell secrets that needed to be let out in the open for many reasons.  It did take me a few chapters before I honestly warmed up to Eliza, her hatred for Aiden seemed so unreasonable without any explanation – just a hate on sight.  It took me a bit to reconcile her attitude with what had happened to her through no fault of Aiden at all.  I believe it will be enjoyable and exciting to see what Haven Point develops into with Aiden and Eliza as masterminds.

Looking for a good romance, an enjoyable Christmas romance or even a new series to dig your reading teeth into?  Then Snow Angel Cove is a perfect combination of all of those.  I had fun with this one and it left me wanting more… and that is what I look for in a series.  Indulge yourself and enjoy.

I own a Kindle edition of this story.

This review also appears on Romance Is Ageless.

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