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Maddy Bainbridge left her Jersey Shore home town right after high school, determined to put as many miles as possible between herself and her many meddling relatives.
Now she's back in Paradise Point - an unemployed single mother whose only option is to accept her mother Rose's offer of a job and a place to live.
But it doesn't take Maddy long to discover that the things about your mother that made you crazy at 17 make you even crazier at 32. Rose's critical comments bring out Maddy's inner teenager and by the beginning of December, the end is in sight. Maddy would stay there at the Candlelight Inn, her mother's popular B&B, through Christmas for her daughter Hannah's sake, but once the New Year rolled around...
And then fate, in the form of an online auction battle over a Russian samovar that looks like Aladdin's lamp, brings home-town hero Aidan O'Malley into her life and suddenly Maddy begins to believe anything is possible.
A child's dreams, an old woman's memories, the joys and heartaches that come with being part of a family, the thrill of new love and the deep comfort of love that stood the test of time - it all comes together that one special holiday season when even the most battered hearts open just wide enough to let a miracle or two slip through.
USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton has been hailed as a "monumental talent" (Affaire de Coeur) and now she delves deeply into the mysteries of family and shows us that even the most independent woman is still a daughter at heart.
Home: it's where your story starts.
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By Aurrora Mom on 10-27-14
Lovely feel good novel about hearth and home
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This is a lovely novel about family, frustrations, love, broken hearts and ultimately finding your place in your home town. I really enjoyed listening to this book, the characters are real and sad and funny and compassionate. Bretton does a nice job with interactions between family with so many frustrations and saddnesses between them with just a little bit of magic to bring it all together.
LC Kane does a lovely job as actor and disappears into the background, this is the best praise I can give a reader as it means I heard the story and not her voice. Her various voices are distinctive and not distracting and I am looking forward to listening to the next book in the series!
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By K. April Holgate on 10-17-14
This is what I have come to expect from Ms Bretton, a sweet romance with loads of family drama to sort out. I generally enjoyed the story behind this sweet romance. There are many levels to delve into.
This is more of a mature romance, not my typical fav. I like things with more action all around. Still a sweet single mom and a smexy fire-fighter single dad is a treat. There is much story here, so many wonderful supporting characters. While it is a romance there is a great deal of fiction in the story as well. It takes you on a slow ride through their lives.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by LC Kane, who is great. I love her sweet even tone, it really fits the read. Greta pace keeps the story moving along. I also like that she did not try to go too deep for the men. I enjoyed her energy throughout and the emotion she was able to convey. The only negative is that it gets breathy at times, I am not a fan of hearing the narrator take large breaths, but that is more of an editing thing. I will be looking for more of her work!
Overall this was a sweet book that kept me entertained at work. I was not over the moon in love with it, but that had more to do with my mood than the storytelling. For fans of inter-generational stories, and mature couples in romance, this will be a great read. The story continues in the second book of the series, following the same leads.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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