Jill Monroe comes to the blog today with a story set in western Massachusetts full of family, history and a touch of art in
At the Heart of Christmas
Quinn Hardwick is one of the many Hardwicks of her generation, but the only one gifted with the connection to the family business: Hardwick Ornament Company, whose line featured hand-blown glass ornaments from its inception. Bequeathed the company, family farm house and outbuildings. But the company was shuttered in the 1960’s, and since she inherited Quinn has spent every penny in her vision, cleaning, planning and hoping to make a new start.
Nolan Vesser is one in a long line of glass blowers, it was his ancestor Milos who, with the first Hardwick, combined skills and vision to start the company. Through the years, Nolan’s family has always blown glass, in fact he learned at his father’s right hand as a child, moving to taking over the family’s business when his parents died, and he took responsibility for raising and supporting his sister. Now with his own reputation as an artisan who crafts quality pieces, a fire that destroyed his shop and apartment have left him at loose ends. An offer from Quinn to join the HOC comes at the right time – for he’s in possession of the deed to the company, and perhaps this will be a place for a new start.
This was cute, if one can get past Nolan’s big secret and his absolute inability to be honest with Quinn from the start. Sure there is an attraction, and he’s experiencing emotions and a connection to the place that he never thought he was capable of, but the dishonesty, and his very understandable phobia about fire after his own losses back in California made for some interesting times. With the Hardwicks being all kinds of welcoming, with that pushy, in your face edge, and Quinn’s rather immature, if refreshingly naïve, approach to their partnership and the business as a whole, the conclusion is foreshadowed but still rather lovely in the concept. Better suited, I think, to the actual film version than the writing as the glass descriptions didn’t quite stimulate visual imagery, the story was an easy, clean and sparkly read for the holidays
Title: At the Heart of Christmas
Author: Jill Monroe
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Holiday Themed, Setting: American
Published on: 6 November, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Hiring him could be her best idea.
Or her worst mistake.
Quinn has inherited the farm and workshop that once housed the famous Hardwick Ornament Company. She invests everything in reopening her family’s business and hires glass artist Nolan Vesser, whose family used to design ornaments for hers, to work his creative magic.
After an accident burned Nolan’s studio to the ground, he thought he’d lost everything. But when he looked in his safety deposit box for his renter’s insurance, he came across an overlooked piece of paper that changed everything.
As Nolan spends time with Quinn, she sparks his artistic inspiration. But when she learns about his secret, can their new romance survive?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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