After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he’ll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he’s stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events…
If there’s one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it’s Whisper Shore. For years, she’s been stuck running her family’s inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.
The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn’s the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade–she’ll help with the Festival and he’ll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who’s done running away joins forces with the girl who can’t wait to leave.
I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, and being introduced to Blake. Blake was pretty unique in the first novel, so I was glad for the chance to get into his head. And it was worth it! Here’s what I thought:
What I liked:
Blake. He has such a rich back story that encompasses who he is. I found myself just wanting to know more about him. I liked him, I liked the way he thought, and I liked the way he reacted in different situations.
Blake’s family. I loved the way they just supported him. So often we read about parents who fail to be understanding and loving, and I was glad that Blake had the support that he needed.
Autumn. She was a heroine who was really likeable. Some crazy things happened at her inn and she was handling it. I really liked that she had a dream and did what she could to make it happen even as circumstances got in the way.
The romance. It was a friendship based romance and I enjoyed when Blake and Autumn were on the same page of the book. There was a nice simplicity to their romance that made the novel just fun to read.
Spiritually, Blake has to learn to forgive himself and one theme that stuck out in my mind is that God loves you just as you are.
What I didn’t like:
It’s not so much what I didn’t like, but what I noticed. We are told a lot about the problems between the Kingsley and Hunzikers and while there was some tension there, I failed to be really concerned about it like I think the author wanted me to.
Overall, very cute and in my opinion better than the first novel.
Romantic Scale: 8.5
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**