The Christmas Cottage, by Samantha Chase, transported me to a cooler place, a magical place. And I sure needed to be transported.
Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting... Lacey Quinn did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of honor for her best friend Ava, her duties included decorating the cottage for the newlyweds. It was a simple enough task, but she hadn't counted on sexy Ean Callahan, the bride-to-be's brother, to be assisting her. Spending the evening ensconced in the overly romantic setting while a blizzard howls outside has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true...
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
I love Christmas reads. We all need a bit of magic, peace and love in our world and it seems to me that Christmas related stories, be they short stories or full fledged novels, somehow fit the bill. Chase's, The Christmas Cottage, was an enchanting tale. Lacey Quinn at the ripe old age of fourteen had declared her love for Ean Callahan and experienced a humiliating rejection from the young man who was college bound and determined to make a success of his life. Oh my, how I could relate to Lacey's feelings of awkwardness as she was thrust into a reunion of sorts with this "man of her dreams". And yet, the timing was perhaps better this time around?
These characters were hilarious, from Ava, the bride to be's, belief in this Christmas Cottage and the magical longevity of the relationships formed upon the newlyweds honeymoon night spent in the cottage, to Lacey's practicality and Ean's realization that work wasn't the end all, be all he had held so dear. The characters were strong and real and Chase was able to make you feel what they were experiencing.
The story itself flowed smoothly and fluently, drawing the reader in to a love story that was fast paced, rich in history and desire and dreams worth coming true. For this reader it was well worth the loss of sleep to read to my heart's content from start to finish and end with a heartfelt sigh.
I rated this book a 4 Wink read.