Review: Lake Mistletoe by Amber Kelly


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity.

Amber Kelly small-town romances never fail to warm my heart, but add to that the holiday season, and well, it's like making what was hearty feel jolly, too! Lake Mistletoe is a standalone holiday romance set in the small town of Lake Mistletoe, Idaho. Willa Arrington may have spent her first eight years in Lake Mistletoe, but after her mother passed away, her father thought it best to move elsewhere. Now, she's made her way back. Her maternal grandmother left her Gingerbread Inn, a bed and breakfast known for its warm, homey feel and genuine hospitality. Willa intends to spruce the place up in preparation to selling it before returning to Miami and working with her father on bigger projects. But old memories of home and the two women who meant the world and new feelings with a certain hot handyman named Keller Harris have her thinking twice.

There's something about a romance that has one of the main characters coming from the city and venturing into small-town country where the other main character belongs. You note the differences between them at the beginning and then see their journey towards a happily-ever-after where they're standing on firmer footing and on more common ground, and of course, lots of love. Willa returned to Lake Mistletoe with a set of goals in mind, but plans change, and I love how Keller helped her to see that maybe what she was looking for was right there in his Idaho hometown. I may have a thing for angst, but I'm also a reader who appreciates when there isn't much of it or any at all in the story for the simple fact that it isn't needed. Lake Mistletoe is a wholly heartwarming read and one that makes you truly appreciate family, legacy, love, and home. Five stars.

Date Read: 28 November 2021

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