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 rear-view 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? 

Titles in the Sweetwater Springs series include:  Christmas on Mistletoe Lane

Includes the bonus short story “Midnight Clear” by Hope Ramsay!

Title:  Christmas on Mistletoe Lane
Series:  Sweetwater Springs #1
Author:  Annie Rains
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 25, 2018
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing – Forever
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I love when a new series starts off with a Christmas Romance, it’s just a double treat for me combining the joy and magic of Christmas with the unexplored new characters and situations that a new series brings.  So I was completely charmed and captured by Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, the beginning of Annie Rains’ new Sweetwater Springs series.

A woman running to, and a man ready to run away from Sweetwater Springs will soon have their lives just a bit manipulated from beyond the grave by Kaitlyn’s grandmother.  Mable has left her Bed & Breakfast Inn to both Kaitlyn and Mitch with the stipulation that they must work together in co-ownership, get it renovated, up and running in two short months, eight weeks to work a minor miracle.  Seems like Mable had a bit of a matchmaker’s spirit – now to see if her plan pays off in a forever kind of love for two special people.

I was easily drawn in to Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by the intriguing matchmaking efforts of Mable, the charming and quirky characters who live in Sweetwater Springs, and by two people who desperately need something good in their lives, or someone perfect for them.  I liked Kaitlyn and Mitch both together and individually.  Both have issues, things from their pasts that need dealt with yet both have such strength and determination… and yes, stubbornness, that they counterbalance each other very well.  We’ll run into some secondary characters that bring the story alive, and I certainly hope to see more of then throughout this series.

If the magic of a small town Christmas, two people in need of a fresh start, and the unique matchmaking efforts of a loving grandmother appeal to you, then you’ll love Christmas on Mistletoe Lane.  It’s an excellent beginning to a series that I plan to follow.

*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.*

*This review first appeared on my Keeper Bookshelf blog.*

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