Two novellas that transition nicely from one to another, it’s still awfully early for Christmas reads for me, but these fit nicely into the warm afternoon by the fireplace in a rainy October spot. Please read on for my review of The Christmas Cottage / Ever After by Samantha Chase.
I’ve been craving some easy low angst contemporary romance of late, and Samantha Chase delivers both in these novella length stories. The Callahan family cottage in Asheville has been a magical place, and is the setting for both of the stories. What better way to regroup and reconnect than a favored place, cozy and warm?
In The Christmas Cottage, we are treated to Lacy and Ean’s story, although we do have secondary characters that play important roles. Ean believed that his family cottage had been burgled, and has arrived to sort things out. Imagine his surprise coming face to face with Lacey, who has held a torch for him for years. This story uses the ‘see the kid in a whole new light’ to perfection, the two are adorable together and their rush to marriage really didn’t feel too presumptuous considering the length of the book and their long acquaintance.
In Ever After, Ava is regrouping after a failed engagement, but she’s not all that broken up if truth be told. A bit of a control freak with a heavy dose of OCD and an obsession with the “perfect” setting, outcome, moment, Ava needs some maturation. Brian is the best friend of Ava’s ex Mason, but he’s always had a thing for her. But, being an honorable guy, he never made a move. Heavily populated with moments from Ean and Lacey, poor Brian is the picture in the cliché book for “you can’t help who you love”. A very down to earth guy, the high maintenance treadmill that Ava is on needs to stop, and slowly but surely she starts to show glimpses of understanding that. With the award for most patient hero ever being awarded to Brian, the story does wrap nicely, and while the changes in Ava were microscopic, he is a good counterpoint for her.
A light and fun set of stories, although I did enjoy the first more than the last. There is room to expand on both of these couple’s stories, whether they pop in and visit or are given time to explore their relationships in full length form.
Title: The Christmas Cottage / Ever After
Author: Samantha Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 6 October 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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An exciting reissue of both books in the beloved Christmas Cottage series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase, just in time for the holidays .
Legend has it that any couple who spends the night in the Christmas Cottage shall have love everlasting...
THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend does, and she’s the one getting married. It’s Lacey’s job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the best man, and she begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.
EVER AFTER Ava Callahan wants desperately to believe in love everlasting. But when Brian McCabe walks back into her life and upsets her carefully organized world, her commitment to perfection makes it hard to accept the love that’s right in front of her. Will it take a night in the Christmas Cottage for Ava and Brian to find their happy ending?
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.