Last Christmas was tough for Halona Locklear and her seven-year-old son Theo, who hasn’t spoken a word since his father’s death. This year, Halona wants nothing more than to give him a good holiday and to hear his sweet voice again. Enrolling him in the Mentor Match program might help, but when Theo gets matched with Sweetwater Springs Chief of Police, Alex Baker, Halona realizes that the handsome hero might know secrets about her past that she is determined to keep buried.

Chief of Police, Alex Baker, re-opens his father’s hit-and-run cold case every December, hoping to finally solve it. This year, his plate is full with being a Mentor Match to a young seven-year-old boy as well. His biggest obstacle, however, is fighting his attraction to the boy’s mother, Halona. As Alex gets close to solving his father’s cold case, he learns that those closest to him might be in danger — including Halona.

Alex has already lost one of the most important people in his life; he isn’t about to lose her too, even if it means walking away to keep her safe.

Includes the bonus novel Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson!

Titles in the Sweetwater Springs series include — Christmas on Mistletoe Lane – A Wedding on Lavender Hill (#1.5) –Springtime at Hope Cottage – Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs (#2.5) – Snowfall on Cedar Trail

Title:  Snowfall on Cedar Trail
Series:  Sweetwater Springs #3
Author:  Annie Rains
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Forever – (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4.5 stars

SNOWFALL ON CEDAR TRAIL continues my love affair with the Sweetwater Springs series with Halona’s and Alex’s emotional love story.  (Plus a bonus story THEN THERE WAS YOU by Miranda Liasson – talk about early Christmas presents!)

This story has a lovely Christmas celebration background while Alex is finally going to make his move toward more with Halona.  It’s time, and he’s mentoring her son, Theo, so it’s the perfect time to bring this hurting family some happiness way beyond Christmas Eve.  Yet not everything is going to go as smoothly as Alex had hoped.  The past doesn’t always stay where it belongs – behind us – and that past is going to affect not only Alex but Halona as well.

Young Theo stole my heart, what an amazing boy he is.  There are a few twists I didn’t see coming, but for the most part SNOWFALL ON CEDAR TRAIL is a love story for two deserving people who have dealt with their own losses recently.  There is no rule that says you can’t fall in love again, and watching that spark ignite in Halona’s eyes for Alex was pure happiness on my part.  I enjoyed myself once again in Sweetwater Springs, and I can’t wait for the next story to arrive.  This is a small town full of quirky residents, lots of friendships, and love around the corner.  If you love a really good holiday romance then you’ll want to check this one out.

*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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