Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.
Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.
When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.
Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.
Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again?
I can't tell you how much I have come to love Denise Hunter's stories and how I am always excited to start a new adventure with her! The start of her Summer Harbor series was not a disappoint! As each of Denise Hunter's books go, they are always filled with fantastic, lovable, and relatable characters!
The camaraderie that Beau and his brothers, and the people of Summer Harbor, shared warmed my insides to the core. But I think I related most to Eden/Kate. That it was not her fear of trusting other people but of trusting herself. After the emotional trauma she endured, she lost her self worth, her identity and she couldn't trust that she wouldn't lose herself again. I have felt, still struggle feeling that way at times. But the lesson being learned is that that fear can keep God's greatest gifts from us!
The story was exciting, almost thrilling at some points, and perfect for the cool winter months. I can't wait to read the next two novels!
I give this book a 5 out of 5!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part Thomas Nelson’s blogging for book program.