Faith Sterling relishes experiencing the great outdoors in style, so her job at Silver Bells Luxury Tours in Christmas Mountain, Montana is ideal. Sure, the business has been slow of late, but hopefully, the influx of tourists for the holiday season will give them the much-needed boost in sales they need.

Adam Kline is a city-boy who inherited Silver Bells Luxury Tours when his dad passed away. Adam regrets not spending more time with his dad due to his busy work schedule heading a PR firm in Manhattan. Since the store is a painful reminder of that fact, he wants nothing more than to sell it.

But Adam doesn’t count on Faith, who’s determined to show him how fantastic her small mountain town is, and convince him to keep the store and his dad’s dream alive. Soon, Adam is thinking about more than the future of the store—he’s thinking of a future with Faith.

Will the enchanting outdoor excursions be enough to convince Adam to take a chance on keeping the store open? More importantly, will a little Christmas magic help Faith and Adam remember that business is business, but love is what matters most of all?

Titles in the multi-author Christmas Mountain series include — Homecoming for Christmas by Ciara Knight – Rumor Has It by Melinda Curtis – The Christmas Compromise by Susan Hatler – ‘Twas the Kiss Before Christmas by Susan Hatler – One Complicated Christmas by Ciara Knight – Unexpectedly in Love by Jean Oram – Between Christmas and Romance by Shanna Hatfield – A Sugar Plum Christmas by Susan Hatler

(some of the earlier titles were in the Christmas Falls world – I would check to be certain you do not already have these on your shelf or an e-reader — I’ve read the first three titles in that other series, they were reviewed on a site of mine that no longer exists, so I’ll be bringing them to KB as the Christmas season gets into full swing)

Title:  ‘Twas the Kiss Before Christmas
Series:  Christmas Mountain #4
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Hatco
My Rating:  4.5 stars

‘TWAS THE KISS BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a charming, funny, and poignant romance between a woman who has found her place and a man who allows regrets to dictate his future.  Falling in love can be easy once you let the past go.

Faith loves her town, the mountains, the holiday feel all the time, even the, sometimes, quirky residents cannot dim the light on her enjoyment of Christmas Mountain.  In fact, part of her job is to show tourists the beauty of her town and the surrounding area.  Now, that future may be in danger as Adam has returned to town after his father’s death with the plan of selling fast and getting out of town even faster.  Faith needs to concentrate on convincing Adam not to sell – and not on her attraction to the, at times, annoying man.

I’ve always enjoyed Susan Hatler’s romance, she delivers not only a touching love story but a few life lessons, subtly given, to be learned along the way as well.  Adam has some serious regrets regarding his relationship with his dad that now are only going to be lingering regrets – unless he learns to accept and let go of the past.  And perhaps keep his father’s legacy alive through what he loved.  Watching Adam heal from the past and embrace his love for Faith was a lovely, heartfelt journey – and I loved every moment of it.

If you love getting caught up in the Christmas Spirit, even a bit early, and a really good, realistic love story then you need to pick up ‘TWAS THE KISS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, now.

*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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