Sue Ann Simpkins is working hard to rebuild her life and find some holiday spirit. A weekend away from Destiny in a cabin on nearby Bear Lake seems like the perfect Christmas gift to herself—until her ex's best friend, Adam Becker, shows up at the door, claiming the cabin is his! And if that's not trouble enough, how had she never noticed how gorgeous he was?
Alone for the holidays and forced to play a reindeer at the local department store, Adam's been feeling rather Scrooge-ish himself. But finding the smart, sexy woman he's admired since elementary school waiting in the house he rented is helping to brighten his humbug mood. And when a sudden snowstorm strands them together in very close quarters, leading to one very hot night together, Adam soon realizes that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance at love. Now all he has to do is convince Sue Ann…
Holly Lane is a wonderful, whimsical addition to the Destiny, Ohio series that I have come to love from Toni Blake. The book starts with the distraught flight of Sue Ann to her friend Jenny's house when she's found out her husband is leaving her. And Jenny continues to be her rock and her life-line throughout the next six months as she begins to navigate life as a single-mother. While I felt that her relationship with Adam started a bit "quickly", having Sue Ann and Adam turn to each other as single parents, alone together, was a great way to help Sue Ann move on with her life. I enjoyed how Toni Blake kept us up to date on the other residents of Destiny, from the girls in the book store, to Jenny and Mick and the transformation of their relationship. I'm always happy when I'm able to keep up with the other folks we've come to love in a series of books. I was thrilled with the way that Adam worked to redeem himself with Sue Ann, and wanted to smack her when she told him that she couldn't be with him. But not nearly as much as I wanted to smack Jeff for, well, being Jeff. Even his new girl had the perspective to respect Sue Ann and Sophie's need to have parts of their lives that aren't invaded by Jeff and his new chippie. In the end, Sue Ann and Adam get their happily ever after, and a little bit of Christmas magic to boot! Another great book in the Destiny, Ohio series.
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