Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review: Love on Main Street by Juliet Blackwell, L.G.C. Smith, Cecilia Gray, Adrienne Bell, Rachael Herron, Ruby Laska, and Lisa Hughey

18660883Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: October 13th, 2013
Publisher: Pens and Friends
Synopsis: Where love begins on Main Street and ends happily ever after.... 

Christmas, the most magical season, is almost upon the small mountain town of Snow Creek. For seven couples, holiday wishes mean more than just gifts or parties. Can Snow Creek pull off its annual holiday miracle of bringing love to town? 

Featuring seven original romances by New York Times and bestselling authors… 

Juliet Blackwell 
LGC Smith 
Cecilia Gray 
Adrienne Bell 
Rachel Herron 
Ruby Laska 
Lisa Hughey 

Serafina Rogers is not an impulsive person, but lately something’s gotten into her. She walked away from warm San Diego, her scumbag ex-fiance, and her teaching job in order to come to Snow Creek and take over her deceased aunt’s witchy supply store. Unfortunately, her hunky cowboy landlord, Joe, has other plans for the space, which hasn’t turned a profit in years. Neither Joe nor Serafina believe in magic, much less romance. But when a Yule log is tossed on the fire, Serafina begins seeing things in her aunt’s deck of cards, and Joe’s niece goes missing…they might just have to change their minds. 

Christy Monroe hates Christmas. The excess, the inevitable disappointments--bah. Dan Rose loves Christmas. The fun, the way his bakery smells—it’s all a little magical, especially in Snow Creek. When their first-grade daughters decide they want to be sisters, Christy and Dan had better watch out. The girls maneuver their parents into organizing the elementary school holiday show together. It doesn’t take long for Dan to make it his goal to change Christy’s mind about Christmas—and taking a chance again on love. 

After losing her parents, Jessica can't bear to lose her childhood home and family bookstore, too. When they're taken from her, she has nowhere to go…except the arms of Daniel, Snow Creek's resident hero paramedic. It's not be the Christmas miracle Jessica wanted, but it might the one she needs…. 

There’s no doubt in Eileen Ledger’s mind that the last time she saw hockey superstar Paul McAlester she made the biggest mistake of her life. Only, she’s never been sure if the mistake was in kissing him, or in running away. But ten years later, Paul is back in town for Christmas, and Eileen has a second chance to make things right…as long as she can keep herself from falling in love again. 

Knitting has always served as a distraction, something that Clara can hide behind. After a significant weight loss, though, she's still not sure if she wants to be noticed. When sexy Lincoln ends up on the front porch of her yarn store, he seems to see everything clear as day. Will Clara finally be seen for her true self? 

Caroline Bonny has always known about her family curse: no Bonny daughter will ever marry until her great-great-great-grandfather's buried treasure is found. Caroline has made her peace with her life as a spinster-turned-cosmetologist, until easy-on-the-eyes schoolteacher Lance Carter comes to town determined to drown his recent breakup in holiday festivities. 

Nick and Ally Carpenter split up months ago after years of infertility treatments crushed their marriage and their dreams of children. When the couple reunites for the holidays to make a dying woman happy, can an unexpected miracle show them the way back to love or is it too late?

What I Thought:

I don't know why I waited so long to read this collection of stories.  Sometimes I feel like my mind isn't ready to read books until a certain time and that's why I can't force myself to read them on a schedule.  So I'm glad I took my time because once I started reading, I couldn't stop.  Each and every story in this holiday collection is extremely well written.  They're moving and just what I needed to put me in the holiday mood.

Usually I can tell you which stories I enjoyed more than the others, but this time I can't point out any that stood out above the rest.  Each story was unique and individual, bringing different aspects of small town life and family to the table.  They're equally amazing and outstanding.  I laughed and cried in every single story.  While each story stood alone, they were tied together as well.  It takes a lot of time and detail to make sure all the stories are weaved in correctly, and I didn't spot a single mistake.  

If you love stories that pull you in, those set in small towns, those set in the holidays, those that make you laugh and cry, stories that you'll love, or any combination of the above, then this book is definitely for you.  I only wish this was available in paperback so I could put it on my shelf.  I was familiar with only a single author in this collection, but now have many authors I can not wait to read.  I will be turning this book into a holiday tradition! 

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About the Authors
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LGC Smith: 

Cecilia Gray: 

Adrienne Bell: 

Rachael Herron:

Ruby Laska:

Lisa Hughey:

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner. I've also purchased an ebook copy.*

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