One Sweet Christmas
It’s the season for second chances in this holiday novella…
Hailey Wells has every reason to be a Grinch this holiday. She’s about to lose the lease on her beloved Lincoln Park café, all her friends are too busy with their significant others to make it to her annual ugly Christmas sweater party, and then there’s the issue with that tree lot across the street…and its ghost of Christmas past.
Pete Cameron never expected to see his college sweetheart again. Eight years ago they each made a choice: one that led her to the big city and him back to his family’s tree farm in rural Wisconsin. But with the help of a little Christmas magic, this chance encounter might be just the thing they need to believe in their dreams again—and in each other.
I wanted chocolate muffins, brownies, sugar cookies, and hot chocolate after reading this story. I was immediately drawn to Hailey’s character as she laments her seemingly failing business and her Grinch-like attitude towards Christmas. One Sweet Christmas by Olivia Miles is a short read; so it made it all the more difficult to say goodbye to the characters that were introduced.
Hailey seems to have regrets.
“She’d given up everything for this place. Her childhood home back in Missouri. A solid, stable job at her dad’s law office. And Pete.”
Her little coffee shop is failing because of the big name competition that opened down the block. The name of the store was never mentioned, but sounded a lot like Starbucks. Christmas brings back a lot of memories for Hailey; which include her ex Pete. Both of them gave up their relationship to follow their dreams.
Coincidentally, Pete is also in a failing business. A Christmas Tree farm that was Pete’s father’s legacy.
“Both of them had chosen their careers over each other, and now both of them were on the brink of losing the things that had once seemed so important to them.”
Blast from the past.
Hailey and Pete are given a second chance at romance. It’s a small world after all, as they bump into each other in Hailey’s cafe. It was a cute meeting, but I could tell the tension was thick and awkward.
“The man she’d turned down eight years ago was back in her life just as it was crumbling around her.”
I liked their slow start at getting their romance back. They were both still unsure and unwilling to give up their goals for love. But in the end they do realize that sometimes sacrifices have to be made for a better outcome. Their romance wasn’t the “head over heels” kind to be sure, but it felt more realistic and sweet.
Oh, and I definitely want to know the secret ingredient to Hailey’s hot chocolate….
A little note…
- This is book 4 in the Sweeter in the City series, but can be read as a standalone.
- Book read during #HoHoHoRAT Holiday reading challenge.
Do you like the “head over heels” romances?
Or are you more for realistic love?