Yes you saw that right, it’s one of my first Christmas reviews! I can’t believe I am already seeing a ton of holiday books hitting shelves everywhere.
While I would normally reserve October for mystery or horror novels, I have a soft spot for RaeAnne Thayne. I love her Haven Point books—especially the Christmas ones! This is my fourth book by Thayne and I couldn’t miss another chance to dip back into her cheery holiday filled world!
I have recently been reaching out for more of her books, the non Christmas ones, and look forward to picking them up more often. She is a prolific writer and her books are usually quick fun, feel good reads and sometimes you just need some fun fluff in your life and Thayne fills that fluffy spot in my heart!
Elizabeth Hamilton has been lost. Trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents, she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life. And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger and the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.
But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined. As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning? (summary from Goodreads)
One of the best things about Thayne’s books is that you can pick them up mid series and still find something to enjoy. Sure there are other characters from previous books that cross paths in other books but for the most part her books are easy to pick up and enjoy no matter where things fall in the series.
This book reads like a Hallmark movie, with all the drama and heart warming cheer that you would expect from a Hallmark movie. This book has a ton of drama to absorb and digest but at the same time, it’s a feel good book. This book deals with a lot of big issues—mainly depression—and for me it read a little differently than her other holiday novels. It was still enjoyable and well done, it was just a bit heavier than I was expecting.
While I think it’s easy to dismiss some of these holiday romances that line the supermarket checkout line, and admittedly, I would see a book like this in the checkout lane and think that it lacked substance. But now that I have read a few from some prolific writers, I no longer see them and dismiss them was frivolous or fluffy books. There are fluffy elements in this book sure, but the content and the development of the characters was surprising and packed quite a punch. There is nothing frivolous about this book, it was an absolute pleasure to read.
I can’t wait to pick up more books by Thayne in the future. She’s a great writer who knows how to tell a fantastic story with just the right amount of fluff to let readers relax and breeze through her book, but with the right amount of drama to show the reader they are reading something more than just a light holiday read. Well done and I can’t wait to start my next book by her, this was a wonderful way to kick off my Christmas romance reading!