Published by HQN Books on September 25, 2018
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He’s giving her children a season of wonder…
Dani Capelli seized a chance to start over in a small town with her daughters. Now, facing her first Christmas in Haven Point, she wonders if leaving New York was a mistake. Dani loves working alongside veterinarian Dr. Morales, but her two children aren’t adjusting to small-town life. And then there’s Dr. Morales’s son, Ruben—Dani’s next-door neighbor. Gorgeous, muscled and dependable, the deputy sheriff is everything she secretly craves and can’t bear to risk loving…and losing.
Ruben never pictured himself falling for a big-city woman like Dani. But beneath her prickly facade, she’s caring and softhearted and she needs all the love and protection he can give. When Dani’s teenage daughter starts acting out, Ruben draws on family traditions to show the girls just how magical a Haven Point Christmas can be. But can he convince Dani that she’s found a home for the holidays—and forever—in his arms?
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
SEASON OF WONDER by RaeAnne Thayne is the ninth visit to Haven Point, a wonderfully welcoming small town. On the shores of a picturesque lake, Haven Point is a destination resort town in the summer, but it is also a great place to visit during the holidays.
Single mom Dani Capelli and her two daughters moved to Haven Point after Dani was offered a veterinary internship with Dr Frank Morales who also offered her the chance to take over his practice after a year if the internship went well. After putting herself through vet school, Dani wanted to find a safe place for her family, a place where they could live in peace without constantly being reminded of the well-known criminal history of her ex-husband.
Deputy Ruben Morales, Frank’s son and Dani’s next door neighbor, is intrigued by Dani but he doesn’t understand why she seems so stand-off-ish. She doesn’t get involved in the town activities and her conversations are short and impersonal. He finds himself getting to know her better, however, when her daughter Silver is caught vandalizing some buildings and his boat. He is sure there is more to the story than Silver is telling them, and he is sure there is something her mom is hiding that won’t allow her to become involved with him. Can he break down the walls that Dani has put up? Is there any place better to do it than Haven Point at Christmas?
Dani is a well-written, complex character. As the result of a horrible childhood, she made some poor choices early in her adult life. She somehow finds the strength to put herself through vet school, but she can never completely let go of the ghosts of the past that continue to haunt her. Ruben is not without his own baggage either when it comes to relationships, but it has been easier for him because he has the support of family and friends that Dani hasn’t had.
Dani’s daughters, Silver and Mia, are also well written. Silver is a typical, moody 13 yr. old who in one moment is an adult with adult problems, and in the next moment, is still a kid who needs her mommy. Mia is a sweet 6 yr. old who just wants to be loved. So often children in romance novels are too perfect to be believable. Kudos to Ms. Thayne who has written kids who are very real and act like kids really act.
I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Haven Point where the characters feel like they could be my neighbors and the town could be my town. I can’t wait until my next trip to visit, and I hope we’ll be able to catch up with Dani and Ruben.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.