Every Time a Bell Rings
by Barbara Ankrum
Release Date: November 18, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Number of pages: approx. 200
Source: ARC from publisher
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
Read 11/12/19 to 11/13/19
Christmas sparkles from every bough and window at the cozy Four Winds Ski Resort, where single mother Eden Kendall and her eight-year-old son are spending the holiday. A surprise marriage proposal from her boss’s son wasn’t on her Christmas list, but it’s the perfect excuse to get away and weigh her options. She never imagined her son’s ski instructor/Santa impersonator would be the gorgeous, charismatic dreamer she left behind years ago, the one who still owns a piece of her heart.
Cole Hagan has never stopped loving Eden and he’s spent the last eight years proving her wrong on every count about his potential. While he fights to save the resort that he helped to build by organizing a holiday concert, he decides it’s about time that Eden puts aside her list-making pragmatism so that she and her skeptical son can experience the true magic of Christmas.
Can this unlikely pair get a second chance at happily ever after?
Talk about a perfect Hallmark movie. This book is set up in such a way I could actually see the holiday movie playing out in my brain the whole time. Not that any of that is a bad thing. I, for one, love Hallmark Christmas movies.
Cole and Eden definitely have a connection. Add to that the instant repertoire between Eden’s son, Quinn, and Cole and it’s a recipe for a beautifully sweet Christmas story. But I must say, it took me a bit to warm up to Eden. Which is usually the case for me when a character is very career and money oriented. Of course, she has her reasons, but that doesn’t mean I agree with her reasons.
While I found this story simple and pleasant, I am not looking at those words as detriments. It was an extremely enjoyable read for this time of year. The perfect story to sneak in chapters between holiday baking and wrapping gifts.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**