Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains
Series: Sweetwater Springs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
ARC from the publisher
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Snowfall on Cedar Trail is the third book in Annie Rains Sweetwater Springs series, but this is where I started, and I was able to follow the characters just fine. However, I did find this town and its people to be so charming that I want to go back and read the rest of the series. So if you like to read in order, I think you’d enjoy previous books. I’m certainly looking forward to diving into them.
Halona and Alex have been at odds for years, but their war is mostly a silent one. Alex is the chief of police in Sweetwater Springs, and he knows more about Halona’s previous marriage than she is comfortable with. Halona is the owner of a floral shop, and as their town is a small one, their paths cross often. But this year, they’re seeing even more of each other, as Alex is selected as a mentor for her son, Theo, in the town’s Mentor Match program. Theo has suffered trauma and is currently experiencing selective mutism, but his reaction to a male influence, especially one as positive as Alex’s is undeniable. Even Halona can’t help but start to rethink her stance about Alex. Alex has been harboring secret (or not-so-secret, to some) feelings for Halona for years, and mentoring Theo is giving him more access to this woman than he’s ever had. This story has some serious elements; domestic abuse comes into play as well as the unsolved mystery of Alex’s dad’s murder years prior that haunts him to this day, but even with all that, there was a sweetness and softness to this Christmas love story that I really appreciated. Halona and Alex both had a lot of emotions to deal with – separately and things they may have held against each other over the years. But I like that they weren’t resistant to doing that. It made their getting together feel very organic and unforced. I loved the pacing of this story as Halona and Alex warmed up to each other, and I loved the way Alex was with Theo and how it showed Halona another side to Alex. He really was such a good man with a huge heart, wanting the best for everyone in the town he felt responsible for. But at the end of the day, he was a lonely man, and Halona and Theo were just what he needed.
This was a great read to usher in the holiday season (I feel so ahead of the game this year!) and I can’t wait to read more from this author. If you like a charming, small town romance and holiday hubbub on top of that, you’ll love Snowfall on Cedar Trail!
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