Growing up, Liz Westmoreland dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn located in the small mountain town of Angels Creek only for it to be sold before she ever got the chance. While browsing the internet, she stumbles upon a listing for what looks to be the picturesque inn and it’s set to go to auction. Liz places a bid, and by a miracle, wins the auction. But when she gets there she finds the property in significant disrepair.
When Matt Hardy narrowly lost the inn and property that butted his land, he just hoped it wasn’t another city slicker coming to make matters worse after the previous owners gutted the place for an art gallery. But the minute he recognized the sweet, freckle-faced girl from his childhood and heard her plans to reopen the inn, he jumps at the chance to help his childhood crush restore a place where he made so many fond memories.
While working on repairs, Liz and Matt discover her grandmother’s collection of angels in one of the cabins. When the angels start mysteriously showing up all over the inn, she begins to look at them as reassurance—that restoring the inn is what she’s meant to do. But when an accident leaves Liz feeling like she made a mistake, will Matt—and the residents of Angels Creek—be able to show Liz that she’s found a home? And possibly true love as well?
Title: Christmas Angels
Author: Nancy Naigle
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 15, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 stars
There are authors that I follow who yearly have Christmas Romance releases, and I always look forward to those special stories. CHRISTMAS ANGELS by Nancy Naigle is certainly one that I’ve looked forward to reading for a while now… and I was captivated from the beginning through to the end.
Everything you really need to know before picking up CHRISTMAS ANGELS is in the cover description. What you’ll find between the covers is a love story that involves more than just the main characters. You’ll fall in love with the small town of Angels Creek, enjoy the townsfolk, quirky or not, recognize the rumor mill that all small towns have, watch two people get a second chance at a life together amid restoring a beautiful old inn back to its former glory. While Liz didn’t recognize Matt immediately, I still see this as a second chance romance, since Liz has returned home to a place with fond memories to rebuild her life – and Matt still has that soft spot for Liz that blooms into so much more than a childhood crush. Watching their slow-burn romance, interrupted a bit by Liz’s firm no dating co-workers rule, become deeper and stronger as they work to restore the inn.
Secondary characters can make or break a story for me, and I adored the ones that Ms. Naigle has given us to make Angels Creek come alive with all sorts of small-town characters. I hope that there are more stories to be told from here as I’d definitely like to know how some people’s lives turn out down the road.
I had fun, I enjoyed myself immensely and would not hesitate to recommend CHRISTMAS ANGELS to any reader who loves a good romance, a touch of Christmas and the joy of small towns.
*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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