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Christmas Kisses & Wishes (The Christmas Love List) (Volume 2)

by Sharon Kleve

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This is a short holiday romance. While I thought the story was good, as I read it, I felt as if I was on a fast-moving train and, if I even stopped for a second to catch my breath, I would fall right off and be left behind. The story moved along in a very rushed manner. Finn has gone through a bad divorce and has spent most of the past year since then in three different places, spending about three months in each place, trying to figure things out while putting her life back together. In this story, she ends up in Vine Grove, located in the vineyard region of Eastern Washington. There she meets the local vet, Keaton Vanhorn, and an immediate mutual attraction begins. (Spoiler alert) The rest is as predictable as any story can be. Finn has found what she’s been looking for.

As I said, the story was a good, tender romance, but, for me, things rushed along way too quickly. There was little character development and almost no development of the relationship between Finn and Keaton. I would have preferred a longer story, with more development. In addition, I think the brevity left little space and time for any good, solid back story. I found myself wondering about what exactly Finn did for a living, what her grandmother was really like, what Keaton’s back story really was and how it impacted on him and their relationship. I realize holiday anthologies and collections are comprised of short stories and/or novellas, but I think more time devoted to this story would have made it a far more enjoyable read. Having said that, I think there is a great opening for the author to develop this into a good, solid romance novel, fleshing out those items I mentioned, as well as many others. I have read and enjoyed a lot written by Sharon Kleve, but this was not her best work, in my opinion. I received this from the author to read and review. ( )
  KMT01 | Nov 24, 2016 |
This is a cutie pie of a story about a woman finding her place in world. After a heartbreaking divorce, Finn has been pushed by her grandmother to travel around and find a place in the country that she feels she belongs to. When she lands in Vine Grove she immediately feels and home and hopes it is a place where she can put down roots. Keaton just happens to be an added bonus to the whole place. But her happiness is threatened when an obsessive admirer begins to turn up wherever she goes and this might just be the one thing that prevents her from finding her happily ever after.

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  Ash_P | Sep 29, 2016 |
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