In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.
Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.
Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in. (Goodreads)
The characters were well developed and well rounded. Hayley and Daniel both have a lot of baggage in their lives and they are afraid to look for true love. It was great to read how they eventually were able to open their hearts to the possibilities of love and happy endings. I enjoyed reading the bickering and banter between the two of them and it had me laughing out loud at times. The twins were adorable and added so much to the story, helping to unite Hayley and Daniel. The relationship that Hayley builds with them is sweet and heartwarming.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story I felt like I was right there in Whisper creek, watching things take place around me.
This book took me through a vast array of emotions: sadness, happiness, frustration and hope. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted romance. I will definitely look for more books written by this author.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.