Title: The Christmas Secret
Series: Secrets of Cherry Lake, Cherry Lake Christmas
Author: Jeannie Watt
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: November 5, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Trapped in a cabin in a raging blizzard with the one man on earth who could turn her world upside down…this Christmas holiday was not playing out at all the way Lil Reynolds had planned. Not even close.
When Lil’s former fiancé chose to marry on Christmas Eve—the day he and Lil had planned to marry one year ago—she knew she had to get out of town for the holidays. Heading to the isolated family cabin seemed like the perfect solution, until the blizzard came…and a man showed up at her door in the heart of the storm. Casey Lanigan. Her ex-fiancé’s brother. A man with whom she shared a secret summer romance many years ago. A man who’d betrayed her trust. A man who, despite everything, still made her heart beat a little harder…
So much for a Lanigan-free holiday.
Read on for my thoughts on The Christmas Secret. No true spoiler, promise.
She needed the isolation. She welcomed the peace and quiet. She almost was glad for the snow that kept piling up, the pretty flakes turning into a raging blizzard. This Christmas season Lil didn’t want any reminders of what was to be her wedding day once upon a time, before that dream was crushed. She didn’t need to look very far for the glances full of sympathy and even pity when her former fiance got ready to take his marriage vows to another woman on the date they had once chosen.
Right now the absolute last thing she needed to ruin her time away from everyone was this man on her cabin doorstep. Casey. Brother to the man she was to have married – and the man who she’d lost her heart to as a much younger woman. The man who left without a backward glance. Now they were snowbound in this small cabin, in the middle of a blizzard. No, this holiday season couldn’t get much worse for Lil.
Casey and Lil have a history and with these conditions trapping them together, maybe it’s time to talk about their past. Because both still feel the attraction burning between them and both have questions that need answers. This might be a healing for them both, only time will tell.
The Christmas Secret is a heartbreaking story of love gone wrong and taking a risk on a love that still burns in the hearts years later. Lil and Casey had a lot of talking to do, even more understanding and forgiving. Their attraction is still strong and once the air is cleared with answered questions the path is open for Lil and Casey to plan their own future. An emotional story, this is one that will give you all the highs and lows of being in love. Add this short story to your Christmas reading list. Give yourself a treat this holiday season.
*I received an e-ARC of The Christmas Secret from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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