Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point, #7
September 26, 2017
Reviewed by May
Librarian Julia Winston needs the extra cash, but she isn’t looking forward to Jamie Caine moving into the upstairs apartment over the holidays. She’s got a crush on him and he barely knows she exists despite having met several times before. What is a quiet gal to do?
Things get more complicated as Julia winds up with two young boys to take care of and Jamie happy to jump in and help them – and Julia – have a very Merry Christmas.
Just a month ago, she thought she had things figured out. She had good friends, a nice job, a beautiful house, no mortgage. She knew what she would be doing from one day to the next. Her biggest challenge was trying to get along with three cats who barely acknowledged she existed.
This is a sweat (no heat) holiday story that is well done. While there could have been more thought and depth to the characters to make them less stereotypical, they work well together and the addition of the children element helped make a cohesive story. This writer has a great way of telling her tale that kept me fully engaged and turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out what would happen with the children and the blossoming romance.
I mention the characters are fairly flat – for me it is just that the scared of life librarian and the playboy pilot combined with the “tragic” past event each was given just didn’t do much for me. So it is a credit to this author that she managed to take borderline cliché characters and breathe enough life into them for me to be interested and engaged.
This hits all the marks of a good holiday romance- except strong romance. It was more on the general fiction side of the fence- but still a really good read and a sweet story of a pair of very lonely people finding true love in a most unexpected partner. The children added a nice touch and good plot fuel to this story and the other supporting characters added richness without getting in the way.
If what you want is a sweet tale that may leave you a bit misty-eyed towards the end and a happily holiday ever after – this is the book for you.
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