Synopsis (Taken from the blurb)
What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas?
When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.
But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?
Before I write my review let’s get two things straight.
- I want…no, I need a cabin at Black Cherry Retreat. Just me, my books and a supply of cheese, wine and bread.
- As a red-head I’m officially starting a petition for more leading red-haired males in book!
Angela paints a beautiful and vulnerable picture of two very lost souls, both unknowingly in desperate need of something they won’t allow themselves to have. Throughout the book we see snippets of the tragedies experience by both protagonists who are immediately drawn to each other.
The broken, gentle and peaceful Tom, who lost his beloved wife in a tragic way but cannot forgive himself for her death or her married life.
The destroyed Fee, drained by her job, the loss of her lover and the betrayal that was discovered after his death. Unable to move on, Fee is on a journey to repair her heart, body and mind.
Tom’s family are a delightful addition the character cast with the females leading the way. You can almost taste the food described in the book from the description and at times I was actually sitting in Aunt Ina’s cafe or eating Thanksgiving dinner in Mama Sarah’s home.
The setting for the novel is a peaceful contrast to the family home of Tom’s and the hectic, nomadic life that Fee has led so far. And is the perfect place to allow Fee and Tom to slow down and develop their relationship.
This is a story of love, family, forgiveness, guilt and letting go. It’s a perfect Christmassy read but I warn you – have tissues ready.
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Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.
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