SOMETIMES IT TAKES ONE BROKEN HEART TO HEAL ANOTHER.
Courtney Winston is a writer on a deadline. Eager to finish her book and get over a recent break-up, she ditches Christmas with her family and retreats to a secluded cabin in the mountains.
Appliances rarely work, and cell service is spotty, but Courtney senses there is more to her rustic rental—something dark and haunting.
Then Peter, the attractive Stone Mountain Lodge owner, and a meddling cook, Mrs. Finn, keep coming around, shattering her peace and offering advice on how to fix her heavy heart.
Courtney grows closer to Peter, but Mrs. Finn warns her of his troubled past. Undaunted, Courtney sets out to win him over. But being with the brooding stranger may end up costing her more than she ever imagined.
I received a free digital copy of this novel through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
When I picked up this book, I hadn’t read the synopsis, and it turned out to be a lot different than I expected. Although romance, this novel has elements of folklore and a tiny bit of horror. Courtney, our main character, is at a crossroads in her life. She is pursuing her passions career-wise but struggles with trusting a new relationship after being jilted by her ex. I liked that you get to see Courtney process her past relationship, see the faults, and are willing to open up again.
The love interest, Peter, is drawn to Courtney but struggles with opening up completely. His secrets are revealed piece by piece as the plot progresses. I appreciated that Peter had emotions and supported Courtney, offering advice when needed. These were two people who found each other at the right time.
There were definitely twists in this novel that upon reflection make scenes more clear. I figured out the twists fairly early as I think some of the hints were too strong, but I still found them interesting none the less. It was an intriguing plot with a steady pace. This wasn’t a story that I had heard before and the unique elements held my interest.
Overall, I thought this was well written and not your typical holiday romance. Which was quite refreshing.
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