This is part of the “catch up” reads that should have been posted before the holiday. It is no reflection on the stories or the books themselves, merely one of the many that got caught up in my life when things went crazy and posting slowed significantly. My apologies to the authors and publishers: but there’s no rules that say you can’t experience the magic of the holiday season (or a good book) at any time.
Debbie Mason returns with the second in her Highland Falls series, this one focusing on love, hope, inclusion and new starts with
Christmas on Reindeer Road
This is a story of Mallory and her desire and hope to make a new start, be included and find her place after years of feeling the outsider and unwanted. Returning to Highland Falls after leaving in care as a child, she’s brought her two stepsons after their father (and her husband’s) death. Whether or not the boys are happy to leave Atlanta isn’t the issue: they’ve decided that Mallory, and not their mother, is the reason they’re ‘banished’ to the small town and will do everything in their power to return to the life they knew.
When they cause a scene in their first 10 minutes in town, and Mallory faces off with her former crush and now new sheriff in town, the need Mallory has to show she’s changed, and Gabriel’s struggle with the townsfolk and his predecessor make the story sing. With both Mallory having to face her past and incorporate two teen boys with a penchant for trouble into her new small-town life and find a way to afford it all and Gabriel’s struggle with his own parenting issues, his former in laws and his youngest son being full of the Christmas spirit, everyone has struggles and issues – most of which they don’t share until the chips are truly down.
This shot up the favorites list because of the characters, their struggles and the continued growth for everyone involved. As Gabriel understood Mallory’s issues and shared his own, and his youngest son attached himself to Mallory as a new “mother figure”, along with some softening from the townspeople who were still loyal to both the former sheriff and expecting Mallory to be as dysfunctional as her father had been: the story is laden with expectations, stories, heart and plenty of opportunities for everyone to see things with new eyes. A defined connection with Mallory and Gabriel, the kids coming to see the good, bad and reality of their situations, and plenty of Christmas spirit to go around, the story will leave you excited and hopeful in the magic that the season can bring.
Title: Christmas on Reindeer Road
Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Highland Falls #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Small Town
Published by: Forever
Published on: 29 September, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Can the magic of mistletoe bring together two busy single parents?
Mallory Maitland knows all too well what it's like to feel abandoned, which is why she's sworn never to give up on her two stepsons - her late husband's children. But when the teens land in hot water, she's got a whole new problem: how to resist the caring and incredibly hot Chief of Police Gabriel Buchanan. All Mallory wants is to give the boys a magical holiday. She doesn't need the distraction of wondering what it would be like to kiss Gabriel under the mistletoe.
After his wife died, Gabriel left his job as an adrenaline-chasing New York City homicide detective to focus on raising his three sons. But back in Highland Falls, he doesn't have to go looking for trouble. It finds him - in the form of a beautiful neighbor and her troublemaking stepchildren. With Gabriel's mother-in-law looking for any excuse to gain custody of his sons, Gabriel can't risk getting involved with Mallory, even though she's the only woman capable of making this Christmas - and all the rest to come - his best ever.
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.