Review: The Christmas Secret

cover-the xmas secretTitle: The Christmas Secret
Author: Jeannie Watt
Series: Secrets of Cherry Lake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: Now


Trapped in a cabin in a raging blizzard with the one man on earth who could turn her world upside down…this Christmas holiday was not playing out at all the way Lil Reynolds had planned. Not even close.

When Lil’s former fiancé chose to marry on Christmas Eve—the day he and Lil had planned to marry one year ago—she knew she had to get out of town for the holidays. Heading to the isolated family cabin seemed like the perfect solution, until the blizzard came…and a man showed up at her door in the heart of the storm. Casey Lanigan. Her ex-fiancé’s brother. A man with whom she shared a secret summer romance many years ago. A man who’d betrayed her trust. A man who, despite everything, still made her heart beat a little harder…

So much for a Lanigan-free holiday.

Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley

This quick Christmas read is all about second chances and unfinished business. Sick of sympathetic glances, Lil has taken herself away from Cherry Lake over the holiday while her ex-fiancé gets married a year to the day after their own wedding should have been. She has big plans to celebrate alone and far from any Lanigan family influence. Until her ex’s big brother shows up in the middle of blizzard and reminds her of all the tension that lies between them.

Casey fell in love with Lil during one long summer many years ago, but when he got himself in trouble she cut him out of her life. After sorting himself out, he was ready to return for her, only to find her dating his brother. Now he’s back again, and this time Lil is single, but can they ever resolve the problems of their past?

I love a second chance romance, and I quite like a stranded-together-in-a-blizzard tale too, which this book definitely delivers. Because of the history between these two, there was no rushed feeling of attraction and getting to know each other too fast. In fact, considering how short this book is, the pace is nicely tentative as they try to work out how they feel about each other.

True, they never quite talked over everything I would have liked them to (such as the dating and almost marrying of the brother, and how surely that felt just a bit weird for Casey – and also deeply hurtful), but for a short read this was enjoyable, with a nice heap of romance and a bit of Christmas sparkle. If you’re looking for a second chance tale this Christmas, that’s quick but also finds room to delve beyond the obvious, then you should enjoy this.

The Christmas Secret is Out Now!
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