#Review - Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward @DonnaAlward @StMartinsPress

Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward
Series: Jewell Cove #3.5
St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Date Read: December 21, 2015

Welcome back to Jewell Cove, where this holiday season, there happens to be no room at the inn...

When a December Nor'easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can't make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. Until another Good Samaritan opens her doors and offers him a place to stay...

Lainey Price is not looking forward to Christmas, but just because she's not filled with the holiday spirit doesn't mean she's going to turn Todd out into the stormy night. Even if it means offering the handsome police officer the couch in her tiny cottage. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the two are snowed in for a wintry evening by the fire. With Christmas only a few days away, can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to the season...and love?

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I liked this novella length romance well enough.  It isn't a story that will stay with me for a long time or anything but it was entertaining enough.  The story was a bit predictable but the overall tone of the story was really nice.  I liked the little town of Jewell Cove and the Christmas theme was very well done.

Todd is a police officer who is out helping stranded motorists during a severe snowstorm.  When he comes across someone from out of town, he takes the individual to the Evergreen Inn for a place to stay for the night.  The inn is at capacity but Lainey finds a spot for the stranded out of towner.  Todd will also need to stay in town to help out and ends up on Lainey's couch for the night.  Sparks fly between the pair but can this thing between them go anywhere?

I liked Todd a lot.  How could you not?!?!  He was pretty close to perfect in every way.  He was such a nice guy and went out of his way to be helpful.  I liked Lainey but nowhere near as much as I did Todd.  Lainey took pride in her work at the inn and she was very trusting and kind.  My problem with Lainey was her insecurity.  There were a few points in the story where I wanted to tell her to snap out of it.  Of course, Todd being the nice guy that he is was much more patient with her.  They did have wonderful chemistry together.

I would recommend this story to fans of contemporary romance who are looking for a nice Christmas themed story.  This was the first time that I have read anything by Donna Alward and I really enjoyed her writing style.  I would definitely be interested in reading more books in this series.  

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at www.DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at www.DonnaAlward.com/newsletter .

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  1. I'm in such a Christmas mood! Maybe I should read it one of those holiday nights :)

    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

    1. Aeriko, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! This is the perfect read for a holiday night.

  2. I love the cover for this one. I'm not much one for romance, but I do like a little bit of it once in a while. Great review!

    Merry Christmas, Carole!

    1. Thanks, Eve! I completely agree with you about the cover. It is such a beautiful scene. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Such a pretty cover!! I just love the sunset mixed with the Christmas decor!

    1. I think that the cover is beautiful. It is one of those scenes that you wish that you could step inside and spend the day.


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