Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Review - Christmas on Mistletoe Lane

Author:  Annie Rains
Series:  Sweetwater Springs #1
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Print ARC
No. of Pages:  432 pages
Date of Publication:  September 24, 2018
My Rating:  5 Stars


This USA Today bestselling author invites you to the delightful small town of Sweetwater Springs where the magic of Christmas brings to strangers together in this "story you won't forget" (RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author).

Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She's inherited her grandparents' charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it's just the new lease on life she needs. Only "heaven" comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who's the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he's been given?

Includes the bonus short story "Midnight Clear" by Hope Ramsay!


Kaitlyn Russo thought she lost it all. Her fantastic job as an interior designer in New York City has come to an abrupt end, leaving her with very little options. Although saddened by the loss of her grandmother, Kaitlyn is quite pleased to learn that she has inherited her grandparents’ bed-and-breakfast. Things are not ideal on more than one front. On a minor scale, the place needs a lot of work. On a major scale, there is a catch. A huge catch. She is only half-owner with Mitch Hargrove as her new partner.

When Mitch discovers he is now forced to share ownership to the Sweetwater B & B, he is none-to-pleased. When he left his hometown, it was for good. Their are very painful memories there, and he does not feel welcome. The will is very specific. If Kaitlyn and Mitch cannot make a success of the B & B, it will be forfeited to charity. So, the two create an unlikely business pairing.

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane is a delightful matchmaking story from a most unlikely source. It is very well-rounded as both Kaitlyn and Mitch each have to contend with baggage from their past that is most certainly pressing on their futures. The romance between them blooms at such a wonderful pace. Meanwhile, readers are introduced to a bevy of characters that we doubt will get to know more in upcoming stories.

Annie Rains delivers a warm story, peppered with humor, a bit of magic and plenty of substance. If you enjoy sweet love stories that will leave you feeling happy, then this book is certainly for you.

This is first book in the Sweetwater Springs series, to be followed by Springtime at Hope Cottage, Meet Me At Sweetwater Springs and A Wedding on Lavender Hill, all slated for release in 2019. I am really looking forward to read each and every story.

The print copy of this book includes a bonus story by Hope Ramsay, A Midnight Clear, which I will review separately.

Many thanks to Forever for this ARC. This is my honest opinion.

USA Today Bestselling Author, Annie Rains, is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, 

Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband, 3 children and dog, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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  1. I enjoyed this one too. Lovely review - yours captured it completely.

  2. I love that the backdrop is a bed and breakfast! The B&B setting adds to the romance!