A Cold Creek Christmas Story (RaeAnne Thayne)

December 1, 2015 Book Reviews 8 ★★★½

A Cold Creek Christmas Story (RaeAnne Thayne)A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Cowboys of Cold Creek #14
Published by Harlequin on Nov. 17, 2015
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher through NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Also in this series: A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise, The Christmas Ranch, The Holiday Gift
Also by this author: A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise, Snow Angel Cove, The Christmas Ranch, Redemption Bay, Evergreen Springs, Riverbend Road, Snowfall on Haven Point, The Holiday Gift, Serenity Harbor

Celeste Nichols has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho…until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children's stories becomes a major success, she's suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy…but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer?

Flynn Delaney has moved back home for his daughter's sake. Yet all the millionaire's resources can't help the little girl heal from the tragic loss of her mother. Shy librarian Celeste and her stories do hold some indefinable magic, though. Flynn came home looking for support—can he find that, and true love, in the one who got away?

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

A Cold Creek Christmas Story is a sweet, heartwarming romance that follows last year’s The Christmas Ranch.  It’s a very quick read, but charming and warm.

Shy librarian and children’s book writer Celeste Nichols never expected her Christmas story about a reindeer named Sparkle to become a national bestseller, let alone be offered a movie contract, and she’s not really comfortable with the fame. Celeste is happiest living a quiet life — although she loves her job as a children’s librarian, reading and sharing crafts with the children. She’s not expecting her teenage crush, Flynn Delany, to show up in her library with his traumatized daughter in tow, but her heart goes out to the little girl, who turns out to be quite a Sparkle fan.

Flynn is just here to clean out his grandmother’s house in Pine Gulch, but he can’t deny the attraction that Celeste holds for his daughter — and for him. The child of a movie star and the ex-husband of another, he has a deep aversion to Hollywood and to anything to do with acting or movies, especially after what his daughter has been through. (No, I’m not going to tell you what it was.) Olivia is still healing, and as it turns out, Celeste has more in common with Olivia than Flynn knows. The growing bond between Celeste and Olivia is really sweet, and the attraction between Celeste and Flynn is palpable. Of course there’s conflict eventually, but it works out pretty easily (as these things go.)

There’s plenty of Christmassy spirit throughout, thanks to the Christmas Ranch that Celeste’s family puts on each year. And there’s a special feel-good Christmas moment toward the end. In short, if what you want this season is a sweet Christmas romance, A Cold Creek Christmas Story is a good bet.

 

three-half-stars

About RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne majored in journalism and worked as a reporter, then an editor, before she began writing fiction. She now writes full-time, and lives in the mountains of northern Utah with her family.

8 Responses to “A Cold Creek Christmas Story (RaeAnne Thayne)”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      She’s probably my favorite “clean” romance writer. (I hate that term, but you know what I mean.) Her books are heartwarming comfort reads, and she develops the emotional/romantic attraction well.