This contemporary romance has a lot of small town charm in it as a big city veterinarian learns just how nosey small towns can be and how neighbors help each other. The winter setting in Idaho is picturesque and the townspeople are friendly. Everyone knows everyone else’s business which makes Dani’s standoffish attitude remarkable. Dani is a complex character who has a lot of facets. She was hard to understand and her worries seemed a bit over done. Ruben is the perfect neighbor and deputy. He’s friendly and wants to help everyone. In some ways he’s too good to be true. Yet this story did feel magical and wonderful. I loved traditions that were shared. This is a fantastic Christmas story that any romantic will love.
Hidden secrets and a chance to start over drive Dani to move across the country. But to keep those secrets hidden, she tries to distance herself from everyone. Her daughters are having issues adjusting to small town life and leaving all of their friends behind. Dani is afraid that if her secrets are revealed no one will want them around. When her oldest daughter attracts the attention of her next-door neighbor, a deputy, Dani is sure he will learn about her past. While she’s attracted to Ruben, she doesn’t have time to think about a relationship. Maybe when her girls are grown. Ruben doesn’t know what it going on with his new neighbor. She sure isn’t friendly so he guesses he can take her off his very short list of possible girlfriends. However, when her oldest daughter is caught acting out, he finds himself around Dani. He’s definitely attracted but she keeps pulling away. Can they figure this out?
It’s a long way from New York to Idaho…but could they have found a home at last?
Dani Capelli has never truly belonged anywhere. And from her earliest days as a foster child in Queens, she would have been lost if it weren’t for her love of animals. Until high school, when she fell hard for the wrong boy, and found herself pregnant—and married—by graduation. Two daughters later, Dani realized her mistake and filed for divorce, and with the help of scholarships and loans—and a lot of macaroni and cheese dinners—she enrolled in vet school. Things were finally looking up…until her ex-husband became her late husband, in the most notorious way possible.
Now Dani and her daughters need an out-of-town pass more than ever. So when the retiring Haven Point veterinarian offers her a chance to settle in the small Idaho town and take over his practice, she jumps at it. But adjusting to the charming mountain community isn’t easy; thirteen-year-old Silver begins acting out while six-year-old Mia is growing too attached to Haven Point and everything in it, especially their next-door-neighbor, Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales. And Dani can’t blame her. Ruben is everything she’s secretly wanted—and everything she can’t bear to risk loving…and losing.
As the holidays draw near, their shared concern for Dani’s daughters brings them closer together, giving Ruben the chance to show this big-city woman just how magical Christmas in Haven Point can be...and that the promise of a home at last is very real in the most wondrous season of the year…