This Christmas, small-town Blue Hollow Falls will work big holiday magic for two people who have researched everything but love . . .

Avery Kent needs a project. The busy brain that earned her two PhDs before the age of eighteen is fascinated by the home she’s created with her three friends in Blue Hollow Falls, but the farm and the tearoom are running like clockwork now. As the holiday season approaches, it’s time for Avery to dive into one of her last uncharted research topics: love. Not for herself, of course; for her friend, Chey! But a closer look at the handsome young veterinarian Avery has chosen for this romantic equation has her wishing for gifts she never thought she wanted . . .
 
Another former child prodigy, Ben Chandler is more like Avery than she ever imagined. His intellect is a perfect match for hers—and everything else about him attracts her in ways that send delicious tingles down her spine. But a relationship? That’s something Avery will need to analyze—unless her friends can help Ben convince her that romance is more magic than science and that a good old-fashioned kiss under the mistletoe is the perfect way to open her heart to the possibility of the greatest gift of all.

Titles in the Blue Hollow Falls series include – Blue Hollow Falls – The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls (#1.5) – Bloodstone & Vine – A Season to Celebrate (anthology #2.5) – Lavender Blue – Lavender & Mistletoe (#3.5) –

Title:  Lavender & Mistletoe
Series:  Blue Hollow Falls #3.5
Author:  Donna Kauffman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

LAVENDER & MISTLETOE is a novella (#3.5) in the Blue Hollow Falls series that captured my attention from the start and held it, along with my heart, until the ending.  Although I have not read all the titles in this series I was not the least bit lost as everything I truly needed to know was addressed in the narrative or dialogue.  I need to go back and grab the ones that I’ve missed, but in the end, that made no difference to my enjoyment of Avery and Ben’s romance.

Who could have ever predicted that a tiny pigmy goat found along the side of the road would lead to romance and life changes for a young woman who is beyond genius intellectually, but still curious enough to need to understand exactly how love works?  Certainly not Avery, that’s for certain.  I enjoyed seeing Avery a bit gobsmacked when her plans for her friend’s romance turns into something far different for herself.  Ben and Avery both would be considered child geniuses, with analytical minds, and the need to apply logic to just about everything.  Each has grown up dealing with being a bit different from others, and each has found their niche in life – for the most part.

Watching Ben show Avery the true magic of falling in love, that there is no proven path only what is felt was pure joy.  There were a few bumps in the road to their happy ending, but nothing that could eventually keep them apart.  Each was smart enough to recognize that they’d found something very special and unique in each other – getting their life plans on the same page might take a bit more work though.  I had such a good time with LAVENDER & MISTLETOE this holiday season and would not hesitate to recommend it to any reader who enjoys a really good love story with touches of the magic of Christmas sprinkled about quite perfectly.

*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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