Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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'Tis the season for family, friendship and the thrill of a holiday romance…
Under the Christmas Tree
With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is shared—and a surprise left under the Christmas tree is about to bring two special people together!
Holiday kisses don't end with Christmas—there's still the New Year's Eve party at Jack's Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown…and that midnight kiss.
So join us in Virgin River this year, where Robyn Carr's trademark humor, warmth and sincerity will have you celebrating the festive season in your favorite mountain town.the festive season in your favorite mountain town.
I haven’t heard of Robyn Carr prior to this book, but I have to say I’m surprised, because I seem to really be a fan of the whole small town romance. Honestly, I thought this book was one long story and not a collection of short stories, and as I think everyone who reads my reviews knows, I’m not the biggest fan of short stories. But since I didn’t realize going in it was short stories I went in with an open mind.
Under the Christmas Tree was without a doubt my favorite, so I am glad it was first up in the book. I loved Annie. And frankly I liked Nate too, but Annie was just awesome for me. She owns her own business, is a good daughter, and takes care of an abandoned litter of puppies, who wouldn’t love Annie. Of course new born puppies need vet car, which is how Annie meets Nate. They spend several weeks getting to know each other and falling for each other. It’s a really sweet story, and I loved getting to know them. It’s a little sugary, and things do happen pretty quick (it is a short story after all), but over all I liked it for the Christmas theme.
Midnight Confessions- I was very happy to see that Nate was on page one of this story, mainly because it’s about his niece Sunny. Sunny is in town kind of recovering from her broken engagement, which hey can be a tough thing to overcome. So she meet Drew, and he’s also recovering from a broken engagement. Needless to say this is a New Years Eve story, that for me felt a little more hopeful than the other story, but equally as sweet.
Backward Glace- I hate to say this, but this story didn’t work for me. Maybe its because it didn’t exactly feel like it belonged in this book, mostly because it didn’t take place on Virgin River and it didn’t have the holiday theme of the other two, this felt like more of an afterthought to me. More that that though, I didn’t really like the characters, I know I have said I really like second chance love stories, but these two just didn’t do anything for me. Leigh and Jason knew each other five years ago, insert miscommunication, and you get a break up. The two of them go on and live their lives, both get divorces, and we end up here at the today. I just honestly didn’t feel any connection with the two of them, they just weren’t very strong characters.
In the end I think this book is worth getting, mostly because I really liked the first two stories in it. I think I would love to read more of the Virgin River series/people. I really do like a small town romance, and if the first two stories were any indication, Carr is pretty good at writing them, so check it out if you like small town romances too.