#sweetromance #Christmasromance #grumpysunshine #smalltown #secondchance

Skipping Christmas is easy. But it’s impossible to deny your heart…

Eli Adair is the first call whenever his family and friends need a hand. But this Christmas, he has no obligations, so he’s taking a break from the stress of big family celebrations. No presents under the tree. No stockings by the fireplace. No twinkling lights.

All he wants is to be home alone at Hillcrest House.

Travel nurse Audrey Elliott is returning to Christmas Tree Cove hoping for a big holiday celebration like the ones on her grandparents’ farm—all she has left of happier times before her mom’s condition lost those memories. Candy canes. Gingerbread houses. Holiday carols.

All Audrey wants is a place to call home for Christmas.

When a high school friend assures her there’s plenty of room at Hillcrest House, it seems like all her Christmas dreams are coming true until she discovers she’ll be living with Eli, the boy she’s never forgotten. Or the first kiss they shared.

Eli and Audrey are about to discover whether December is about reliving traditions—or making new ones.

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My Thoughts:

Every Christmas, it’s common to start reminiscing about the Christmas experience you had as a child. I remember bundling up in our warmest winter gear (I grew up in IL) and my parents taking us on a drive to check out all of the houses that were decked out for the holiday. We’d always get to open up our stockings or a smaller gift on Christmas Eve, saving the rest for the next morning. This second-chance Christmas book is perfect for everyone who wants a sweet romance with all the tidings of the special day!

Audrey and Eli have a history that started under a crab apple tree in Christmas Tree Cove. Even though she had to leave, she’s always held onto those childhood memories – especially her time with Eli. Eli has faced a hardship that leaves him feeling a little sad about the holidays. He’s essentially become the caretaker for his sisters and their family home. In that process, Eli loses a bit of himself and is grasping at things he can control to regain footing on stable ground.

Eli’s plans of a no-Christmas Christmas is derailed when he discovers that Audrey has a temporary assignment nearby and needs housing to stay with the job. Audrey quickly discovers that all of the Adair kids are harboring secrets and causing a bit of chaos for her and Eli’s reconnection. I love how they reconnect and start moving forward. Be sure to add this clean romance to your TBR for this season!

About the Author:

Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly entertainment trade publication, written press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles, and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three unruly cats.

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