Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Sweet Montana Christmas by Roxanne Snopek

Title:  A Sweet Montana Christmas
Series:  Montana Born Christmas #6
Author:  Roxanne Snopek
Published:  November 14/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  130pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre: Contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Melinda Sweet loved her husband before she learned of his wealth and she loves him still, despite the fact that it’s gone. Unfortunately, while she knows the collapse of his Chicago financial services business had nothing to do with him, he believes otherwise. His upbeat adjustment to their new – and temporary – life on his grandfather’s rundown honey farm is a foil to cover the burden of failure. She wasn’t expecting to throw – in five weeks – the traditional Sweet Christmas Open House, but it’s a good earning opportunity and how hard could it be?

Austin Sweet is determined to make his wife proud of him again. But he also wants to erase the sting of shame he feels from his parents, to whom he owes a debt of gratitude for arranging for this caretaking job. Getting paid to fix up this disaster is better than living in their basement, sure. But what does he know about bees? Or fixing broken plumbing? Or cleaning a chimney?

But when Austin’s grandfather gives him the farm as a Christmas gift, there’s only one response. Accepting the gift will secure a future that will make his wife even more unhappy than he already is. Refusing the gift will finalize the rift between him and his family, but he’d rather lose them than Melinda. Then he discovers she’s spared him the choice. Austin’s not-so-Sweet side rears up as he determines that he’s done trying to make everyone happy. He’ll get his wife back, no matter what. And they’ll decide their future together.

My Review:

What a captivating novella. Snopek’s original yet emotional story drew me in to the world that she painted before me with her words. I appreciated the in depth background to this story. Snopek takes the time to tell a fully developed, realistic, and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and redemption while taking you on an incredible journey. This well written story can easily be read as a standalone, but the warm, inviting Marietta feel is there as well.

Snopek’s multifaceted character development really lets you get to know the main characters. You find out what they’re thinking about situations, what they actually do, and how they feel. Readers are introduced to their individual and combined histories, while getting to know their situation in the present. It was absolutely phenomenal. I felt like I really understood these individuals and their situations. The fact that this couple is in a very difficult, emotional spot adds to the intensity of this novella. I also appreciated the way that Snopek developed her supporting cast. Readers only get to know them the way that the main characters see them. By keeping the focus on this fantastic couple readers are completely immersed in a heart wrenching yet beautiful romance.

This was my first foray into Snopek’s writing. It was definitely time well spent. This is the perfect Christmas novella for those looking for a story with romance, family, and a one of a kind backdrop.

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