Broken hearts and lives are mended as the town of Miracle Creek comes together to celebrate a Christmas to remember.
When Riley Madigan moves to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will help her mend her recently broken heart. A little peace and quiet would be a gift this Christmas season. The last thing on her mind is love.
Former firefighter Mark Rivers has spent the last year recovering from burns sustained during a rescue operation. He's been trying to piece his life back together but still struggles both emotionally and psychologically. When he meets Riley, he finally sees something that might bring some light back into his life.
When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity project, he finds himself falling for her quirky, unaffected ways. Riley doesn't seem bothered by his scars, but is her affection for him real, or is this just another act of charity? One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it's hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she ready to risk her heart?
This is a sweet, quick read about forgiveness and learning how to trust again. Both Riley and Mark have been "damaged" and they're both just surviving, not really living. Once they meet each other (and that part is hilarious!) they gradually start to figure out how to heal. I enjoyed reading this book and thought the author did a great job with all of the characters - even the slimy ones.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book by Krista Jensen, but I’ve enjoyed her books in the past and I was excited to see that one of her stories is part of the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain.
I really liked Riley and her non-judgmental personality. What a great example of looking to one’s heart, and not focusing on external appearances.
The town made for a fun setting, and this was a fast, enjoyable read. I can see myself reading it again.
What a cute Christmas read! I'll even admit that I love Christmas stories even more in the summer. Why? I have no idea, but there is something appealing about them in the middle of a hot summer day. This one did not disappoint. Everything about it is cute from it's title, to it's cover, to the romance inside. Jensen did a great job with the characters, and while they both had heavy baggage they were both people you could root for and cheer on a happy ending, while simultaneously asking yourself why there were making such poor decisions (more on Riley's part than Mark's).
This is one of those books that portrays the town well enough that you almost wished you lived there and were a part of it. I would not be sad if Jensen decided to write more stories with characters from the town, or even new people who come to town. It just has that feel to it that makes you want a little more.
So if you are tired of the hot hot summer and looking for something sweet, I would definitely recommend Miracle Creek Christmas. If you are a stickler and won't read Christmasy things until the actual Christmas season (which, with decorations I totally agree with you) then wait a little longer, but definitely put this on your Christmas list.
Published: September 2020
Source: We received copies from the publisher. All opinions expressed are our own.