I think it’s safe to say I love Christmas books…and this one is no exception.
The cover just makes me smile.
Toni isn’t looking for trouble, but it seems to have found her anyway. Someone is sabotaging her company, attempting to ruin her personally and professionally. Perrin just wants peace and quiet so he can write his new novel. He brought his son Blake to Appleton for something close to a new beginning. When he hires Toni’s company to build on to his house, these two dynamic personalities will be tested to the end of their patience.
Boy, talk about jumping right in with the action! Instant mystery and intrigue. Toni is just full of suspicion. I can’t say I blame her considering what has happened, but man, that first meeting with Perrin was rough. From the first page, you know that someone is after Toni. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep the suspense high throughout the novel. Carole Brown does a nice job of keeping the action moving, the story going forward, so you are constantly wondering what could possibly happen next.
Can I just say, I wanted to clobber Perrin for at least half of the book. That’s part of what kept me reading though. I knew something would give eventually…it had to. What I found funny was that I would be ranting in my head at him when suddenly he would admit exactly what I was shouting about. Toni’s ability to not respond was impressive.
I really enjoyed the small-town feel of the book. It added to the suspense because you knew the guilty party would be someone familiar. Appleton is one of those places where everyone is in everyone else’s business. The whole town knows what you did before you even did it.
The growth of the characters felt genuine. Perrin gradually became not such a jerk until I actually liked the guy by the end of the book. His son, Blake, was my favorite. Although he is not prominent in the book, he is a spotlight. Every time Blake appears, the focus is on him. He’s very mature for a twelve-year-old but knowing that he lost his mother…I can accept the added maturity.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys small-town romantic suspense.
I received a copy of this book from the CelebrateLit Team. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she’s been receiving.
Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who’s interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin’s own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.
Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni’s employees as well as her own happiness.
Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni’s last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?
About the author:
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
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