This was a feel-good romance perfect for snuggling down in a comfy chair with a warm blanket and a sugary cup of hot cocoa! I loved the whimsy surrounding the town of Harmony Harbor, and all of the character captured my heart. The secondary characters were just as original and charismatic as the hero and heroine, and I loved the element of the paranormal inserted into the story. Not enough to change the genre, but enough to add a spice of the mysterious unknown. This is a book that would appeal to all ages, all genders, and it would certainly draw any romance skeptic into the circle once they finished it.
Evangeline Christmas has been running her late father's year-round holiday shop, despite the constant griping from her mother to go back to her "real" job at the hospital. Although it has been a struggle, it's the memories and the love of the town that keep her there. But all of that is threatened when Caine Elliott, a real estate developer who wants to bulldoze her store to make room for his own project. It's all business to Caine, but to Evie, it's very personal, and soon the battle between them becomes heated. It leads to a bet - Caine must fulfill three wishes from Evie's Angel Tree before Christmas Eve, or he will abandon his plans and leave Evie's shop alone. If he wins, Evie must support his project and gain the support from the town as well. With the addition of a family secret buried in Caine's past, the holidays are looking to be very interesting indeed for the quiet town of Harmony Harbor.
Evie and Caine were well suited to each other. Polar opposites in temperament but exactly what each other needed. Evie was impulsive, eternally positive in spirit, and generous to a fault. Caine was serious, a realist by trade, and unbending in his desire for what he wanted. They both learned to give a little in this story. While I was not a fan of many of his actions, you could tell his heart was in the right place. He didn't enjoy being ruthless, but in his line of work, that was how he was used to getting things done. It took Evie to get him to see that there are always two sides to every story and blind loyalty could be the worst way to live.
I will be recommending this to my whole family this holiday season! This is exactly the type of book that they will love, and it certainly gets you in the mood for Christmas music early.
**I received a free copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.**