Twenty-five years ago, Jane Fallon put her rising career on hold to take over her family’s bookstore after the death of her father. Throughout the years, she’s transformed Angel Harbor Books into a place of comfort for her and her daughter, but when her landlord announces the building has been sold, Jane is faced with sudden uncertainty. If the bookstore is gone, what will she do?
As a young man, Dan Gallo couldn’t get out of Angel Harbor fast enough. Now a best-selling novelist, Dan returns home after a tragedy derails his career. His first stop is his favorite teenage hangout—the local bookstore. It’s almost exactly how he remembers it. But the girl who once worked there is now a beautiful woman whose smarts and spirit inspire him to write again, and open his heart to new possibilities.
With her world threatening to fall apart, Dan hopes that with the help of the town—and some Christmas magic—he can get Jane to see how important she is to the people of Angel Harbor…and him.
Title: Christmas in Angel Harbor
Author: Jeannie Moon
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Seasoned Romance
Published: October 29, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Christmas in Angel Harbor hit all the right notes for me. A story set in a small town at my favorite time of the year. A heroine who is beyond the first bloom of life, who has some history, some life experience who is, once again, facing a challenge for her future. A hero who returns home with a broken spirit reconnecting with his past and finds his future as well. So. Yeah. All of the magic I need to know that I’m going to love a book… and I was not wrong at all.
The local bookstore in Angel Harbor has been a gathering place, a place of refuge really for so many generations of this town. Friendships formed, reading adventures discovered, and small-town chatter lived in the bookstore that Jane runs with love and devotion. Yet, all that may come to an end as her landlord has sold the building leaving the future of both the bookstore and Jane up in the air.
Dan left his hometown long ago to chase his dream, and he found what he was searching for out in the world… for a time. Now, he’s returned to Angel Harbor to reassess, regroup, and perhaps set his dreams in a new direction. The first place he returned to was a bookstore that always held his heart, in more ways than one. And a woman who could have been more back then but those dreams were too big for this small town. Perhaps it’s time for a small miracle this Christmas season for Jane, for the bookstore, for Dan – after all, happily ever afters also lived in that beloved bookstore.
I enjoyed Christmas in Angel Harbor so very much. It speaks to many things happening in my own life – and somehow that always makes a story more personal, even if I’m not featured in the pages, I can still closely relate to the characters. I loved that Jane and Dan have some life experiences under their belts and are coming to each other from a different viewpoint than back in their youth. Friendship no matter how long-standing, growing into a love that can last for the rest of their lives is a precious gift that these two will not squander.
Of course, their path to that happy ending has a few bumps. Yet everything about their journey felt real, believable with chuckles, tears, and real-life as passengers on that journey with Jane and Dan. If you love a really good Christmas Romance with a couple who have left the bloom of youth behind but still have so much love to give to the right person, if small towns, beloved bookstores, and a cast of fun characters equals your reading pleasure… then Christmas in Angel Harbor is a perfect Christmas gift to give to yourself.
Fingers crossed that we get to return to Angel Harber soon — or at least next Christmas.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. 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.*
Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.