After a rough year involving a serious car accident, painful recovery and broken engagement, Dakota Moore moves to Cherry Lake to rebuild her life. To embrace her new community, she volunteers to coordinate the annual Christmas tree gala.
Adam Clements has come home to help his mother run the family business while his father recovers from a heart attack. For the last decade, he’s been a high-flying soccer player, enjoying the life that comes with his popularity. But something is missing and he can’t put his finger on it… until he returns to Cherry Lake and remembers the feeling of home.
Adam tries to keep his distance because he knows he’ll be leaving, but he can’t deny his attraction to Dakota. With the countdown to Christmas on, can Dakota convince Adam that his home is right there in Cherry Lake, with her?
Harrison has brought us a well-written, sweet romance perfect for the upcoming holiday season to help get us in the spirit as we read about a warm community full of great people. She even uses a real Soccer (football for everyone outside the States) Club based in Seattle to help set up her storyline; the Seattle Sounders. I’m admittedly an FC Dallas Fan myself but that didn’t take away from my ability to enjoy the book.
We are introduced to two characters who have experienced huge life events and now need to make some seemingly hard choices. Harrison did a good job bringing in love, grief, fear, and trying to move forward when curveballs get thrown your way. The choices, emotions and actions done by her characters not only felt true to the story but realistic.
Their relationship moving at a slow pace, becoming friends, really helped sell the major changes they were still trying to process which brought them each to Cherry Lake. I hate insta-love with a passion and was glad to see that overdone theme was avoided here.
The charming town of Cherry Lake felt like the perfect backdrop for her story as you could easily imagine yourself holding one of Dakota’s delicate ornaments trying to pick one out for yourself or as a gift.
Overall this had the feeling of one of those Hallmark Holiday movies and if you love those then you’ll definitely need to pick this up.
Thank you to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for allowing me to review this!
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