The Christmas Cottage / Ever After
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The Christmas Cottage is now a 2017 Hallmark Christmas Movie!
Legend has it that any couple who spends the night in the Christmas Cottage shall have love everlasting...
THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE
Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend does, and she’s the one getting married. It’s Lacey’s job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the best man, and she begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.
Ava Callahan wants desperately to believe in love everlasting. But when Brian McCabe walks back into her life and upsets her carefully organized world, her commitment to perfection makes it hard to accept the love that’s right in front of her. Will it take a night in the Christmas Cottage for Ava and Brian to find their happy ending?
A light and fun set of storie
I’ve been craving some easy low angst contemporary romance of late, and Samantha Chase delivers both in these novella length stories. The Callahan family cottage in Asheville has been a magical place, and is the setting for both of the stories. What better way to regroup and reconnect than a favored place, cozy and warm?
In The Christmas Cottage, we are treated to Lacy and Ean’s story, although we do have secondary characters that play important roles. Ean believed that his family cottage had been burgled, and has arrived to sort things out. Imagine his surprise coming face to face with Lacey, who has held a torch for him for years. This story uses the ‘see the kid in a whole new light’ to perfection, the two are adorable together and their rush to marriage really didn’t feel too presumptuous considering the length of the book and their long acquaintance.
In Ever After, Ava is regrouping after a failed engagement, but she’s not all that broken up if truth be told. A bit of a control freak with a heavy dose of OCD and an obsession with the “perfect” setting, outcome, moment, Ava needs some maturation. Brian is the best friend of Ava’s ex Mason, but he’s always had a thing for her. But, being an honorable guy, he never made a move. Heavily populated with moments from Ean and Lacey, poor Brian is the picture in the cliché book for “you can’t help who you love”. A very down to earth guy, the high maintenance treadmill that Ava is on needs to stop, and slowly but surely she starts to show glimpses of understanding that. With the award for most patient hero ever being awarded to Brian, the story does wrap nicely, and while the changes in Ava were microscopic, he is a good counterpoint for her.
A light and fun set of stories, although I did enjoy the first more than the last. There is room to expand on both of these couple’s stories, whether they pop in and visit or are given time to explore their relationships in full length form.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Cute Christmas Romance
THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE
This one lead you on a bit of a goose chase for you main characters at first. I didn't know if I was supposed to be rooting for the bride-to-be to work things out with the groom, or if the maid of honor was going to find someone special with the bride's brother. Well, I got a little bit of both before the end. Now this isn't two romances - this is definitely the story of Lacey and Ean. Their romance is very sweet and seeing it next to the bride's "romance" makes it seem even better.
The Christmas Cottage is a place of legend - everyone that spends the night there has a happy marriage. Well, when Lacey and Ean are forced to stay there because of a snow storm things start to happen - but this causes trouble with the bride-to-be, Ava. There are a lot of dynamics in this story, and it was by far my favorite of the two.
Yay! Here we go with Ava's story - the bride from The Christmas Cottage. She doesn't take well to starting over, and turns into a bit of a whiner. She's a little resentful that Lacey "stole" her magic in The Christmas Cottage, and at times her mood swings and fantastical beliefs got a little grating.
I was very excited to see her find her true love though. They made a great match - balancing each other out in a beautiful way.
These two stories are best read together. They are a great pair to read for Christmas.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*