Title: Snowfall on Haven Point
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Source: Publisher, in exchange for an honest review
Andrea Montgomery is a widow and mother of two who has recently relocated to Haven Point in search of a fresh start. As she and her young children prepare for their first Christmas in town, Andie finds herself enlisted to help her neighbor, the intimidating sheriff Marshall Bailey, after his leg is broken in a mysterious hit-and-run accident. Although delivering soup to the most stubborn man in town isn’t Andie’s idea of holiday fun, she soon discovers that Marshall has a softer side and is surprised when her children form a strong attachment to the gruff sheriff. Now Andie, who vowed to steer clear of law enforcement officers after her husband’s death in the line of duty, finds it increasingly difficult to maintain her resolve—especially as Marshall’s good heart and quiet strength dare her to find the courage to love again.
I am not usually a reader who reads out of season. It is difficult for me to read about summer in the middle of the winter, and vice versa. I made an exception for RaeAnne Thayne's newest book, and was happy that I did! The disparity didn't bother me at all, I was so involved in the story itself to even notice the humid and muggy temps; instead the idea of a winter wonderland, Christmas trees, and decorating Christmas trees had me thinking about well, Christmas! I am not ready for Christmas by a long shot, as Halloween is my favorite holiday of all, but it was enjoyable to read about such a happy season and time of the year. I always love visiting the town of Haven Point, which I think of as the little town that could.
Andie is a character who first surfaced in Thayne's book, Riverbend Road. A new member of the Haven Point community, Andie and her two children are finding their footing, living beyond the bad times they have lived through. When Winnie calls and asks Andie if she will check in on her gruff brother Marshall while Winnie is out of town, Andie is a bit reluctant. A relatively shy person, who doesn't know Marshall yet has heard stories of him, she in a little intimidated by the idea, but agrees to help Winnie out.
Sheriff Marshall Bailey is a man of action and few words. Known for his gruffness, he finds himself a little helpless after being struck down by a car while in the line of duty. His leg shattered, he is at the mercy of those who can help him - in this case, Andie, as his family is out of town. Marshall knows the accident was no accident either - there are a few cases he is working on, and he feels he knows his assailant. He does not want to be sidelined; he only wants to get back on the job.
Tossed together through circumstance, the two dance around each other, and their mutual attraction. Andie needs a family man for her children, and as a widow of a policeman, has vowed to never marry a man in uniform again. But Marshall's gruffness is just a facade for the kind, gentle, and loving man he really is. And as the snow flies, so do the sparks!
If you are a fan of romance, Christmas, and good solid storytelling, don't miss this new book by RaeAnne Thayne.