The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine
Kate Angell and Others
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Welcome to Moonbright, Maine . . .
Where the scents of donuts and cider waft through the crisp night air . . . with just a hint of magic.
It’s time for the annual Halloween costume party at the cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, the perfect place to celebrate the pleasures of the season. Guests return to the picturesque B & B year after year to snuggle up in its cozy rooms, explore the quiet, tree-lined streets and enjoy all the spooky fun of the holiday. But local legend whispers that it’s also a place where wishes have a strange way of coming true.
For three unsuspecting revelers, it’s going to be an enchanted weekend of candy corn kisses and midnight black kittens, along with some real Halloween surprises—the kind that make your heart skip a beat—for many more celebrations to come…
“This wonderful, well-written collection calls to mind brisk autumn nights cuddled with a loved one.” –Publishers Weekly
“This diverse trio of stories bring three couples to love with a charming, slightly sexy Halloween flair . . . Sassy, funny, and dusted with magic.” --Library Journal
“With humor and a little mysticism thrown in, each story winds its way to a happy ever after. Every pairing comes to fruition in a unique way.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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Loved these stories. They are fun, whimsical, sexy, and easy to read. I've never been too excited for Halloween but these stories have me in the mood!
Charmed by You by Kate Angell - a wonderful story of Grace Alden, party planner and task manager, and Cade Maxwell, the crazy guy that took the contract to work for her as she decorates Rose Cottage for the annual Halloween party the whole town is crazy about. The magic of Rose Cottage weaves it's way around them and before long they are looking at each just a bit differently.
Mesmerized by You by Jennifer Dawson - a fun friends to lovers story. Chloe and Jack have been friends for years. They value their friendship too much to risk changing their relationship but being in Rose Cottage seems to be messing with them. They try but the sudden attraction between them is too much to deny. What will happen when they leave this magical place??
Enchanted by You by Sharla Lovelace - a second chance story that touches your heart! Trying to get ahead at her job, Sidney Jensen volunteers to go to Moonbright, Maine to take care of an issue for a Sr. Partner at her firm. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever expect to see the one guy she's ever loved and who had broken her heart. Sawyer Finn is doesn't normally believe in the magic of Rose Cottage but when the love of his life shows up there he definitely starts to believe!
Overall, this anthology is solidly sweet, with engaging moments and characters to enjoy.
Moonbright, Maine is the place, and Rose cottage is the setting for these three very different short romances. Filled with the sights of late autumn with the twist of magic and pumpkin everything, three authors are taking a moment in time to tell what happened at Rose Cottage, The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine.
Starting with Charmed by You from Kate Angell, it’s before the holiday and party planner Grace is doing everything possible to get it just right. Bossy, pushy and a bit shrill, where Grace shines is with kids, as she wants the party to be everything they dreamed of. I wasn’t a huge fan of Cade: hired to do a job but manages to whine, moan and groan throughout. His dislike of the holiday didn’t work for me, and if proximity is all that chemistry needs to make a relationship believable, theirs didn’t work for me. I wanted to see more growth in Cade, and watch Grace lose that shrill edge and enjoy herself more. My least favorite of the three.
Next up is Mesmerized by You from Jennifer Dawson, and I loved other titles I’ve read. We are now at the Halloween Party and friends Chloe and Jake are there together, after traveling to visit Chloe’s aunt. With only one room at the inn, a touch of moonlight and a bit of magic, their eyes open to see the bond that is there. Wonderful friends to lovers story that just hits every sweet note.
Lastly is a second chance at romance story from Sharla Lovelace, Enchanted by You. Separated by a misunderstanding since high school, Sidney and Sawyer come face to face… both realizing they’ve still got feelings. Oh just so sweet – even as the two have their own reasons for not believing in the magic… their bond and connection is palpable.
Throughout the story, Amelia Rose, owner of Rose Cottage B & B is there- gently pushing, suggesting and generally smiling on the new and renewed connections. Overall, this anthology is solidly sweet, with engaging moments and characters to enjoy.
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.