Author: Loree Lough
Series: Love Finds You
Publisher: Summerside Press
Release Date: August 28, 2009
A former marine is no match for the spunky Sam Sinclair. Bryce Stone has returned to his hometown of North Pole, Alaska, and he’s not very happy about it. The Town Where Its Christmas All Year Long does not appeal to the self-admitted scrooge. Whats worse, Bryce must postpone his dream of opening a furniture shop when his aunt Olive retires and leaves him to manage the family’s cluttered Christmas boutique. When Bryce underestimates Sam, the inexperienced young woman he hires to run the store, it becomes a battle of wills, and the two soon find that they’re fighting for more than just the shop.
Bryce is an ex-marine living in North Pole, Alaska where he was raised by his Aunt Olive. Since the death of his parents (and, honestly, even long before his parents died) they are the only family they have. Bryce hates living in a place where the commercial side of Christmas is celebrated year-round and wants to sell Rudolph’s (the Christmas knick-knack shop that his aunt has been running since his parents’ death) and use the funds to open a carpentry shop. He would still be a marine if it weren’t for the injury that left him blind in one eye and with a scar so hideous he has to wear a patch over one eye so he doesn’t scare young children.
Sam has 7 older brothers so she may be petite, but she’s definitely tough. She drives an RV from Maryland to North Pole, Alaska for her new job as a chef at the hotel there. She arrives to find out the owner has given the job to his nephew. Too proud to return back to Maryland defeated, Sam answers an ad to manage a Christmas store called Rudolph’s. She and Aunt Olive hit it off right away… She would hit it off right away with Bryce if he didn’t have so many walls up to protect his heart.
There is a part towards the end of the book that is really sad and had me crying, but it’s a short part of the story. This is a great read if you’re in the mood for a cute, sweet, clean romance with a touch of sadness.