High-octane Chicago attorney Samantha Hayes is looking forward to some delicious food, fine wine, small town charm, and a break from her hectic big city life when she agrees to do a favor for her boss and help his younger brother with a lawsuit that’s been slapped on his family’s historic winery in River’s Edge. She’s not expecting that her sexy new client will have a smile that will melt her heart and remind her that there’s more to life than work.
Sam falls hard for Conor, his daughter and the small, friendly town, but can she trust her instincts and risk her heart? Sam hasn’t seen a lot of happy-ever-afters in her life, but Conor and the magic of Christmas make her want to believe.
Title: A Small Town Christmas
Series: Four Irish Brothers Winery #1
Author: Nan Reinhardt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 29, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
A Small Town Christmas begins the Four Irish Brothers Winery series with a heartwarming Christmas Romance that will not only grab your attention, deliver a great story but sets the scene for the rest of Conor’s brothers turn at falling in love throughout the rest of the series. I love when the opening story draws me in to the characters lives so much that when the ending pages comes I’m ready to dive right into the next story without pause… but I’ll have to wait a little bit.
Conor is a widower with a young, adorable daughter, Ali. His life is wrapped up in his daughter and the winery that he owns and runs with his three brothers. Right now the winery is in danger from his greedy step-siblings as they push his step-mother to fight his father’s will. Supposedly his brother Sean is sending some hotshot attorney to help with this mess.
Samantha (Sam) is that hotshot lawyer heading to the rescue… even if she’s not feeling very heroic after the tragedy of her recent client. She needs the break from her fast paced life and this small town emergency trip should help put her back on her stride. She had no idea that tires would play such a huge role in her love life, but one handsome stranger who stops to help her alongside the road could certainly grab her attention. Too bad that they parted without exchanging numbers. But fate has something else in store for Sam and Conor, those sparks will not flare in vain.
I was easily drawn into A Small Town Christmas. It has all the elements that equal an addictive start to a series for me. Conor may have put his love life on hold since his wife’s death, but Sam has brought all those feelings back and he’d love nothing more than a chance with Sam. Ali is adorable, precocious and a definite scene stealer. Sam wants a life with Conor and Ali but she just doesn’t trust herself. She’s afraid that she’ll never take Conor’s wife’s place in his life or in Ali’s. She has no clue how to be a mom and her doubts will push her away… until she realizes that there are no guarantees in life, and a risk for a lifetime with people she loves is worth taking.
If you’re in the mood for a tender, emotional, steamy romance this Christmas, then you’ll want to pick up Conor and Samantha’s story. It’s realistic, believable with characters you want to know more about, and a small town feel that is appealing any time of the year but especially at Christmas. I had a blast with A Small Town Christmas, and I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for the next story in this series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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