To raise enough money to start her own business, Nola Bennett needs to sell “The Castle,” her beloved grandmother’s historic house, and get back home to the city. But Heart Lake’s most eligible bachelor is insisting she hangs on to the property. He may be one of the hottest, grumpiest men she’s ever seen, but Nola has no time to pine over her high school crush.
All woodworker Tanner Dean wants for Christmas is some peace and quiet, but that’s not going to happen with the infuriating, irresistible Nola Bennett back in town. How can he persuade her to keep The Castle out of the hands of greedy developers when sizzling attraction flares every time they’re together? And the more time he spends with Nola, the harder it becomes to picture a future without her—unless he can convince her, once and for all, that Heart Lake is exactly where she belongs.
Includes the bonus novella The Christmas Wish by Melinda Curtis!
Titles in the Heart Lake series include — Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas —♥— The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane —♥—
Title: Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas
Series: Heart Lake #1
Author: Sarah Robinson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 27, 2022
My Rating: 4
Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas begins the Heart Lake series with a story of returning home to one’s roots, and the choice to stay or return to what’s comfortable elsewhere… if not as rewarding as the possibilities Nola faces when she inherits a property known around town as “The Castle” and an encounter with a high school love will bring some important questions to the forefront.
The years may have passed but, the spark between Nola and Tanner is still very much alive — or maybe that’s the annoyance at the noise levels since Nola began renovations on The Castle. No matter how their reunion began, it’s certainly clear that this couple could find a happy ever after ending if they’d just get out of their own way. High school crush reunions aside, I absolutely loved the friendships in this story, the way friends have each other’s backs whether it’s a welcoming hug after years apart, or sitting down with some hard truths to be discussed. I think it was the friendships that made this book so special for me.
Facing the past or facing an uncertain future are not easy situations, but they are both handled with care and love in Nola and Tanner’s story. Most of what you’d need to know before picking up this novel can be found in the Cover Description. What you’ll find when you open the pages is a well-written story full of possibilities, friendships, changes, and hope for a loving future between the main romantic couple. I had fun with this one, and the next installment in this series is due out in May of 2023, and that is already on my book radar for I’ve got a feeling there are plenty of good stories to come in the Heart Lake series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, and I sincerely thank the author or publishing house for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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