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    A sweet Christmastime read!

    In Snowfall on Cedar Trail, being a single mom is tough no matter what but Halona Locklear was really having a rough go of things with her son who had been recently diagnosed with selective mutism after the trauma of losing his father. Lately her son, Theo, was having a tough time at school and Halona was becoming really worried about what more she could be doing. Theo was surrounded by family and friends who loved him and an uncle who doted on him but he needed more, which is why when Halona heard about the Mentor Match program, she was hopeful that it would be what Theo needed to get him through his rough patch. What Halona never expected was that her son would be matched with Alex Baker! He was the man who was the catalyst that ended up tearing apart Halona’s marriage and led to the eventual death of her ex-husband. Although Alex was only doing his duty, Halona had always wished that he listened first before acting.*** Since the death of his father, Alex had lived a life in which he viewed everything in a strict right versus wrong mentality with no shades of grey and it was starting to give him a bad reputation, which was why he agreed to participate in the Mentor Match program. He was hoping to soften his image and show the townspeople he was not a bad guy. Never in his wildest dreams did he consider he would be matched with the son of the woman that he had secretly crushed on for years! When he was finally in a position to have Halona hear him out, he was certain of two things: 1) He was going to do right by Theo and 2) He was going to do everything he could to convince Halona that could be so much more between them. What he thought was his biggest obstacle, his part in the arrest of Halona’s ex-husband, was only the tip of the iceberg because Halona was carrying around a secret that was going to change the way Alex viewed everything. With their hearts on the line, Halona and Alex were both going to have to take leaps of faith to not only forgive each other but themselves as well.*** As characters, Alex and Halona had both been previously introduced in the Sweetwater Springs series but I had no inkling of how interconnected they truly were. I liked them both immensely and it was a treat to see their hearts in this story! Their romance was not a conventional one but that only added to the sweetness of what developed between them. I also liked that Halona’s son Theo played a large part in this story. Theo was a sweet kid and my heart hurt for both him and his mother. There was much that was misunderstood by him and it only added to the stress of what he was dealing with but with the addition of a positive male role model in his life things took a turn for the better. Not only was there an endearing romance in this book but there was also the mystery behind Alex’s father’s murder and present-day ramifications of that murder! Overall, Snowfall on Cedar Trail was a wonderfully complex holiday romance that dealt with many tough issues while keeping the story both light and swoony. What a sweet Christmastime read it was!*** This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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    Slow Burning Romance💚

    I loved police chief Alex! Always trying to do what's right, finally, finally, coming to the conclusion there are a lot of gray areas, lol. He really was my hero when he started mentoring Theo, and honestly I think that is when Theo started improving. Not being coddled by Halona, but she's Mom, so of course she's going to want to keep him safe. Back to the clean romance, because, ya know, there's Theo here. I did enjoy their outings in lovely small town Sweetwater Springs! Their stolen few moments, the townspeoples' reactions. Mostly a feel good, lighter romance at Christmas time. Halona's positive to Alex's negative really had me thinking realities, yes, even thru fiction. There was some drama which made me hold my breath a bit, and gave the journey a bit of an edge to it. And of course there was officer Chewy, who brought in goodness and laughs, after starting out in a bad situation. I enjoyed going on this trip, a few parts got a bit slow for me also, but all said, it put me in a good mood. I really missed not getting Alex's reaction to Theo's advancement, I was so excited and I wanted to see his reaction. The HEA was sweet, but too short for me, I wanted more of the happily family after! I received an advanced reader copy thru Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my own thoughts and opinions
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    I love this series

    Like ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven you can't have just one nibble of them. You can't have just one nibble of this book either. You'll want to consume it until it's done. This sweet,small town romance will keep your attention the whole way through. A sweet,vulnerable little boy,his florist mom,a handsome cop and a cold case mystery are some of the excitement you'll encounter in this book. Centered around a fun,hometown experience this Christmas themed book is a sure winner in the Sweetwater Springs series that you will be sure to read all of! A sweet added bonus is the addition of another full story for the price of one book. Pub Date 24 Sep 2019 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    Great addition to a wonderful series

    I really enjoy Annie Rains’s stories, they are so full of drama, love & fun. The history between Halona & Alex is a great backdrop to this story. Teenage crushes, sadness of loss & a secret that could clear up a misconception. I loved how Alex chief of police is like a dog with a bone trying to solve his father’s murder & trying to save a battered woman & dog, as well as take care special care of Halona & Theo. Halona is battling the repercussions of her late ex-husbands death, in the selective mutism of her young son & running her flower shop. The connection between Alex & Theo is beautiful & the connection between Alex & Halona is clear as day & very heated. I also loved how the gossip train moved so fast in the town of Sweetwater Springs, whether it was truth or not. This was a great addition to a wonderful series & I can’t wait to read more in this series. Definitely recommend. I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
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    Sweet holiday romance

    I love romance novels set around Thanksgiving/Christmas. I always get in the holiday mood while reading them. So, when I saw the Annie Rains had another book set around Thanksgiving/Christmas, I knew that I had to read it. I am glad that I did!! Because of this book, I was in the holiday mood for days. The plotline for Snowfall on Cedar Trail was medium paced. The medium pace of the plotline worked for me. If the book had been faster-paced, an essential part of the plotline would have been glossed over. I liked Halona. She was doing everything she could to run her business and get her son the help he needed. There was no place in her life for romance, which I understand. I thought her crush on Alex was cute. But she was wary of getting involved with him. I thought it was because of Theo’s issues, but then there was another reason why. That reason broke my heart when it was revealed. It also reinforced, in my eyes, how strong she was and had to be. I loved Alex. He took his job as police chief seriously. When the book started, he was trying to help a battered woman leave her husband. He had also reopened his father’s cold case, trying to see if there were any new clues about his death. Then, while checking on the battered woman, he takes an abused puppy from her husband. On top of that, he had agreed to become a mentor to a child in need. It was a lot. His interactions with Halona, Theo, the town folk, and Officer Chew (the puppy and I LOVED the name!!) made the book. Halona and Alex’s romance was a slow burn. I loved that they had been crushing on each other since, well, forever. They did have their ups and down, though. A significant down with their relationship was Halona’s ex-husband and how he treated her. But, they did get past it. When they did, their romance went into high gear. Theo’s selective mutism was a significant part of the storyline. It was the reason that Theo was placed in the mentor program and in turn, got paired with Alex. I did feel bad for Theo. He saw his father doing something horrible to his mother. It affected him so much that he stopped talking. It broke my heart. But, I was glad to see that Alex was able to help Theo. But, I didn’t buy the end of that storyline. It seemed to me almost too perfect. Another storyline that ended almost too perfectly was Alex’s father’s cold case and the battered woman’s storyline. I wasn’t a fan of Halona giving Tony advice about how to win his wife BACK. I mean, he beat his wife and a puppy. I also didn’t like how the cold case ended up. It left me with more questions, which drove me nuts. The end of Snowfall of Cedar Trail was cute but seemed a little rushed. I couldn’t figure out who the next book will be about.
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