Seb Pierce returns to Maple Valley, Iowa, to work for his wealthy grandfather after a fifteen year absence, facing old family conflicts in the process. But he is willing to do it in order to get an early draw on his inheritance and save the old rancher he has been working for in Texas for the past fifteen years from losing his land. He does not expect to be renovating a dilapidated theater or to run into a woman he never thought he would see again. After a reckless lifestyle and a burden of failures, Leigh Renwycke is finally back in Maple Valley working towards a stable life. She accepts Seb’s offer to work on the old theater, hoping that the project will restore her reputation. But she does not except the secrets surrounding Seb—or her heart’s reaction to him.
I have really enjoyed all three of Melissa Tagg’s Christmas novellas set in Maple Valley. This particular installment once again contains characters with realistic flaws and passionate dreams mixed among the charming setting of a small Midwest town during the Christmas season. She writes with details that remind you of a full-length novel and creates a depth that is more that what is typically expected in a novella. This is the perfect story to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate near the fireplace around the holidays. Highly recommended!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.