Title: Her Secret Christmas Hero
Series: Secrets of Cherry Lake, Cherry Lake Christmas
Author: Mallory Kane
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 22, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Allie McHale is spending this brutal Christmas Eve snowstorm in a barn in Cherry Lake, Montana when suddenly she hears a horrible crash on the freeway near her ranch. She discovers a handsome lone survivor, a prisoner in handcuffs, and despite her apprehension about harboring a criminal, she rescues him anyway.
Jacob Reeves, on his way to Seattle to testify against his organized crime family, is miraculously saved by the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on, who has every reason not to trust him, but getting through a freezing Christmas Eve forces them to work together to survive.
During the long night, their chemistry is off the charts and Jake realizes that Allie could be the love of his life. But as soon as the storm is over, he’ll be gone. Is Jake destined to break both of their hearts, or will a Christmas tragedy end in a miracle?
Read on for my thoughts on Her Secret Christmas Hero. No true spoilers, promise.
Her Secret Christmas Hero is what the Christmas season is all about – life and love. This is the first Christmas Allie will have without her father. While his death is still fresh and sharp not only in her mind but her heart, she has worked their small ranch while deciding what her future will hold. This Christmas Eve is all about preparing for a Montana snowstorm and keeping her mare, CeCe safe through the storm. CeCe is due to foal in a short time and Allie’s prayer is that she holds off until the vet gets back from his holiday. CeCe will have other plans for Allie.
When a reckless deputy drives himself and his prisoner over an embankment, Allie is the only living soul in the area who can help. She’s a young woman, alone facing a deadly snowstorm and the unknown man in handcuffs in the wrecked car. She can’t leave him to die in the elements so eventually she will release him and lead them back to the safety of her barn.
In the space of around 24 hours the lives of Jake and Allie will be forever changed. A Christmas miracle? Most definitely. But the true miracle is the love that makes no sense, but is as real as though they’d known each other a life time. Allie is willing to believe – will Jake?
Her Secret Christmas Hero is almost totally the isolation of Allie and Jake.. and CeCe and her newborn Star. Their isolation gives the story a somewhat outside of time feel. And within this snow globe it’s possible for logic to be set aside and love to happen when it’s least expected. Jake has explained his family and why he was being transported in the police car. And Allie accepts his word. It really is that simple – and touching. Love knows no timeframes it just is what it is. Allie and Jake will experience the miracle of life and the uncomfortable acknowledgement of caring for someone that is totally illogical but also a fact. Their time together will be short but it will matter to the lives they will lead – hopefully together.
This is a charming Christmas magic story. One that anyone who loves Christmas romances should completely enjoy. I would highly recommend this one for anyone who believes in the miracle of love.
*I received an e-ARC of Her Secret Christmas Hero 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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