Review

Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne

Book coverPublished:Harlequin
Date: 25th September 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Little Bird Publicity via NetGalley

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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.

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  • Dani is a divorced mother with two girls – one a problematic but loveable thirteen year old, the other a delightful six year old.
  • Dani is an intern vet, she has made her way through school, and now has a sizeable debt loan to prove it.
  • She has a history of an ex husband, whom she’d rather keep quiet about.
  • She might have some feelings of guilt because of all the hours she has had to put into study and work and perhaps the girls have missed out, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a good Mom, with boundaries.
  • Her own upbringing was marred by a lack of parents.
  • She just might have feelings of attraction for the handsome, kind, thoughtful guy next door, son of her veterinary boss. To say nothing of the warm, friendly family he belongs to.

Seasons of Wonder is about the spirit of Christmas ( I loved the Secret Santa idea) and the spirit of family and of love and belief.

It’s a heartwarming and lovely story very suitable for the holiday season.

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Serenity Harbor RaeAnne Thayne

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Published: Harlequin
Date: 27th June 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Little Bird Publicity Blog Tour
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Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he’s arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there’s more to sexy, wary Bo than she’d ever realized.

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Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne is #6 in her Haven Point series. However it can very easily be read as a stand alone. I hadn’t read any other one in the series and I slotted into it no trouble. I am sure those who have read previous books though will enjoy what surely are cameos from previous couples who now have their happily ever after.
I really enjoyed this small town contemporary romance. When you place an adorable six year old into the mix you have me hooked every time. Milo is Bowie’s brother, one he has only just heard about and is now the guardian. Only trouble is he has no speech and is on the autism spectrum. That’s where Katrina comes in, she is present when he has a melt down in the supermarket – she manages to distract and manage it no trouble. And from there a beautiful relationship is about to unfold.
Katrina is a school teacher although not working at present, she is endeavouring to adopt a little four year old from a South American country, who has Down’s Syndrome. All her efforts so far have gone done the gurgler and she is desperate to succeed in adopting and bringing her to her hometown, and if she can’t she intends to go live in South America for good.
Bowie is a successful and wealthy tech guy and really wants to care for his brother, with Kat’s help he is going to be able to come to love and care for him well, however in the journey he also comes to love Katrina, who is a little reluctant in that realm. Both Bowie and Kat have had experiences growing up that have left them a little distrustful and careful.
This was an easy read, I was swept up into a relaxing, fun read. I’d quite happily read on and possibly back in this series!
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