Snow Angel Cove
By RaeAnne Thayne
Aidan Caine is the last person from whom the independent Eliza wants to accept help. He doesn’t know her, but she holds him responsible for the cold-hearted rejection of her late husband’s invention, a rejection that led indirectly to his death. The world may see Mr. Caine as the Geek God, but she sees him as the enemy. But between the urging of Aidan and the doctor and a shattering headache from the accident, Eliza can’t hold to her firm rejection of his offer. Soon she and Maddie are settled into guest quarters at Aidan’s luxurious lodge. By morning, Aidan has another offer she can’t resist. He needs someone to get his newly redecorated lodge guest ready before his family arrives and to help his housekeeper during the reunion. He persuades Eliza that his need is real and that she will be doing the same kind of work she would have done at the inn, just on a private level. The salary Aidan offers and a place for Maddie to be part of a family Christmas make it impossible for Eliza to say no.
The more Aidan sees of Eliza, the more attractive he finds her. And sweet Maggie with her bright courage in the face of the juvenile cardiomyopathy that complicates her life easily steals his heart. Aidan’s love for his family and his care for Maddie show Eliza that he is not the aloof genius absorbed in counting his millions that she believed him to be. But Eliza is determined not to give her heart or that of her child into the keeping of a workaholic who can’t share his secrets even with his loving family. Can Aidan change in time for the gifts of Christmas to include a happily ever after?
I fell in love with RaeAnne Thayne’s Hope’s Crossing series with Blackberry Summer, eagerly read the other six books in the series, and was sad when she announced the end of what had become one of my favorite small-town series. I was delighted when I learned that Aidan Caine, one of the Hope’s Crossing Caines, was the hero of the first book in Thayne’s new Haven Point series. Snow Angel Cove is a perfect bridge between the two series. Not only does it feature a Caine hero, but the family Caine—three generations of them, including the new additions by marriage—visits Aidan for a Christmas reunion. This first book also introduces enough citizens of Haven Point with intriguing bits of their stories to assure readers that Thayne has more heartwarming stories in store for her readers.
Eliza and Aidan are a winning duo. Eliza’s fierce independence makes sense when the reader learns the details of her marriage and Maddie’s health history. Aidan is saved from being just another billionaire hero by his physical and emotional vulnerabilities and by his essential Cainness. Maddie is a darling, and Sue and Jim, the caretakers of the lodge, are amusing and endearing. All in all, I think Thayne has another winning series on her hands.
If you are a Hope’s Crossing fan, I think you will love this book. If you have never read RaeAnne Thayne, why not start with this sweet and tender Christmas story? It is definitely on my list of recommended Christmas reads for 2014.