A Season of You
Cloud Bay #2 A Christmas Novel
by Emma Douglas
Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Romance
Genres ~ Contemporary Romance
It's Christmastime in the quaint island town of Cloud Bay, where love is always in season... Will Fraser has believed in love at first sight since the day he first laid eyes on Mina Harper five years ago. There was only one problem: She was happily married. Then, when Mina's husband was killed by a drunk driver, Will figured she'd want nothing to do with a guy who owns a whiskey distillery. So he's kept his feelings locked away, knowing that not even a Christmas miracle would be enough to melt Mina's heart. . . Mina believes her days of true love are behind her. Since losing her husband she's kept to herself, content to do her own painting and stay out of the limelight that comes with her famous family. But when, after a freak accident, Will comes to her rescue, Mina can't quite get him out of her mind. As curiosity turns into a fling during Cloud Bay's first Christmas Festival, she finds it harder to convince herself that her feelings for Will are just mistletoe-inspired. Could Mina be ready to lay the past to rest and finally admit that what she really wants for Christmas--and forever--is Will?
If you want a delightful romantic read this is it. Will is a man that will warm your heart as he slowly tries to win over Mina. The authors presentation of his thoughtfulness and caring for where Mina is coming from is done in a respectful manner that shows him as a strong man not weak. Not strong as in alpha man pound your chest strong but a silent strong and steadfast type of man. This is the ideal man that most women say they are looking for.
Mina's back history is a main part of this story and her feelings about her past impact the major part of this storyline. Her character is well written showing her weaknesses and struggles as she adjusts to feelings she doesn't want. There are parts of Mina that one thinks is overkill but I can say that her reactions are honest and true since I have a friend who has lost her husband and I have been there through her loss.
For this reader I would of like a little more meatiness to this story but I will read more books by this author because her story was full of compassion and understanding without making either character milque toast. For this reason I give it 3.5 STARS.
Emma Douglas has read like a wild thing since she was small. She discovered romance novels at an age that way probably way too young but she survived unscathed. When she realized you could make up stories as well as read them, she started taking notes about what the characters wandering through her head were telling her and then, eventually, books happened.
Before the books happened she did the usual things (was a band geek (and a geek generally), had crushes on rock stars and fictional characters, spent chunks of her summers on an island beach, got a degree in something sensible that doesn’t involve writing about kissing, became a black belt in internet procrastination, fell down the rabbit-hole of craft, traveled a bit, indulged her love of baked goods, got bossed around by cats, began a quest for the perfect margarita, and napped to recover from all of the above.
She still does most of that plus the writing thing from a tiny house which her feline overlords have kindly agreed to share with her.
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