Author: Rachelle J. Christensen
Series: Echo Ridge Romance #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: October 3, 2016
Publisher: Peachwood Press
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas—its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda fountain.
Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing—especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
Originally published in 2015 as part of the Echo Ridge: Christmas Kisses Anthology.
I liked the beginning better than the end part of the book. It was feeling very Hallmark-esque until it got to the big romance conflict and I just wasn’t feeling that part. I think I’d have liked it better if it had been just a little longer as the end felt a little rushed and I had some unanswered questions. I liked the characters and wanted them to have their happily ever after. I felt like they could make a good couple.
Strong Christian themes
Sex: some kisses, creepy leering coworker
Violence: reference to previous spouse abuse from ex husband