Review: Season of Wonder

I am now all caught up on the Haven Point series by Raenne Thayne, which makes me so happy. This series was one of the first I picked up as I made my transition into reading romance, and I’ve grown to love it so much.

Season of Wonder by Raeanne Thayne

Book 9 in the Haven Point series

Published September 25, 2018

HQN Books

4/5 Stars

I received a copy for review from Little Bird Publicity. Thank you to them. All opinions are my own.

 

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Plot Summary:

He’s giving her children a season of wonder…

Dani Capelli seized a chance to start over in a small town with her daughters. Now, facing her first Christmas in Haven Point, she wonders if leaving New York was a mistake. Dani loves working alongside veterinarian Dr. Morales, but her two children aren’t adjusting to small-town life. And then there’s Dr. Morales’s son, Ruben—Dani’s next-door neighbor. Gorgeous, muscled and dependable, the deputy sheriff is everything she secretly craves and can’t bear to risk loving…and losing.

Ruben never pictured himself falling for a big-city woman like Dani. But beneath her prickly facade, she’s caring and softhearted and she needs all the love and protection he can give. When Dani’s teenage daughter starts acting out, Ruben draws on family traditions to show the girls just how magical a Haven Point Christmas can be. But can he convince Dani that she’s found a home for the holidays—and forever—in his arms?

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My Thoughts:

I am very new to the world of series. I have only completed two series in my life, both being since I have started reading romance. I am now caught up on the Haven Point series since finishing Season of Wonder, and not going to lie! With this one being the ninth book in the series, my main thought going into it was, “What could she (Raeanne Thayne) possibly have left to write in this series?” I quickly gathered my bearings though and let the master do her thing.

Raeanne Thayne did a wonderful job writing Dani, the main character. Dani grew up in the foster system, had her oldest daughter in her teens and fell in love with the wrong guy. She is tough. She packs up her two girls, flees their life on the east coast and settles in Haven Point where she takes on the job as a veterinarian. Dani is a very intelligent, street smart, single Mom just trying to raise her daughters.

The veterinarian who hires Dani has a son named Ruben and you pick up pretty instantly that Ruben is smitten with her but with the way she was raised, and who her ex husband was and what he did, Dani doesn’t want to let anyone close to her out of fear of being judged.

Throw into the mix that her oldest daughter is caught by Ruben spray painting homes and belongings in the neighborhood. Nothing like a rebellious teenager to complicate the situation even more! Ruben is a police officer, Dani’s neighbor and is also the guy who catches her daughter in the spray painting act.

I loved that this story represented what it means to start over. How sometimes we get in our own way and stop our own selves from moving forward. Dani is so fearful of people knowing that she is the ex wife of her ex husband that she goes to a lot of trouble to keep her distance from the town people. In each book I’ve read from this series so far, the main character always ends up some way interacting with the group of ladies from the previous books, but not Dani. She truly does a good job of going to work followed by home with her girls. Thayne captured so well that almost isolating feeling from choosing to keep to yourself.

She also did a great job of capturing that moment when you realize someone else has come along to take some of the burden away from you. I adored Ruben and his patience with Dani and I loved his interaction with her girls. Dani really had to let go of the things she’d been through and honestly..stop tripping so much, and only until she did that, could she finally recognize what was standing in front of her.

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A Christmas romance. A demon lover & reaching my Goodreads Goal.(Weekend Catch Up)

Hey Friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I honestly just wanted to check in with you all and chat about my current reading status and my thoughts after having reached my reading goal on Goodreads.

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Recently I finished Evergreen Springs by Raeanne Thayne which is book 3 in the Haven Point series. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads. This series is just what I need at the moment. I really believe sometimes you read books when you’re truly meant to, and that’s how I’ve felt with each of these books. Yes, this book is a Christmas romance and yes, I know it is the middle of June. I told myself I would read Christmas novels throughout the year because they really put me in a good mood!

After finishing Evergreen Springs, I immediately checked both Audible and Overdrive to see if either had the audiobook to book four, Riverbend Road. I was super excited to see one of my libraries indeed had it-so just like with Evergreen Springs I will be reading the physical copy and following along on audio.

Perfect summer reading: Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne (review)

Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne (Book #2 in the Haven Point Series)

HQN Books; June 30, 2015

My Rating: 4/5

 

Hello Friends! A few months ago I read my first Raeanne Thayne novel, Snow Angel Cove which has become a book that I haven’t been able to get off my mind after having finished. Despite the books I have read since it, I have been anxious to return to the town of Haven Point and continue getting to better know the cast of characters Raeanne Thayne has created. Snow Angel Cove truly tugged at my heart strings and had my emotions all over the place–I literally cried the last 30 or so pages of the book. It took me a bit, but I am glad I finally picked up book two!

Plot Summary:

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles. Now he’s back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point’s sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

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First things first I will say Redemption Bay didn’t emotionally affect me like Snow Angel Cove did but I still really loved this book.

It follows McKenzie Shaw who is the Mayor of Haven Point. McKenzie came to Haven Point as a kid after her birth mother passed away and she was sent to live with her Father who had to break the news to his wife that his love child was coming to now live with them.  It is very obvious why this would cause some strain on the household but for the most part McKenzie had a good life. Her sister Devin is a doctor in the town and the two sisters have an amazing sister relationship. Aside from being Mayor, McKenzie also owns a floral shop and she is just such a woman dedicated to her town.

In comes Ben Kilpatrick whose family owned a very prominent boat factory that employed hundreds of people in the town until Ben decided to close it’s doors and take off for California. So his being back in town leaves a sour taste in the mouths of locals who are still understandably salty about his decision. After closing the factory, the economy really went down hill.  McKenzie has no problems voicing her opinions of Ben’s decision to him, especially since while in town he is renting the house next door to hers. And all along Ben doesn’t want to be back in Haven Point just as much as Haven Point doesn’t want him back!

I can’t really say this is an enemy to lovers romance because the hard feelings were really one sided but I liked how Raeanne Thayne explored the process of immediately having assumptions about someone before getting to know the facts; hearing things from the source, the horses mouth! McKenzie was like most people in Haven Point when it came to Ben, she didn’t want him there–until she learns that he is scoping out where to locate the newest Caine Tech Facility and that Haven Point is an option, which would be great for the town. Once she learns this, they begin spending a lot more time together because she makes it her mission to showcase to him why Haven Point is the perfect place for the new Caine Tech location. Through spending time together the two realize how much they have in common–Ben learns some family secrets that in certain ways, mirror McKenzie’s upbringing–and they both reach the point of not being able to get the other off their mind.

I loved that this story took place during the summer. There were beautiful scenes out on Lake Haven and descriptions of the Redemption Mountains–scenes where the characters were sitting on their back porch gazing at the water. I was sucked in and felt like I was right there in this small town surrounded by beautiful mountains while sitting on a dock dangling my feet in the lake.

Another element to this story I enjoyed was the sense of community.  I love the small town feel. Especially when it is a tight knit community where when the going gets tough, everyone does their part to make things better, and you get to see that in this book.

I think this book was the perfect read to jump start my summer reading. Between the cool breeze I could feel coming off Lake Haven and the beautiful love story that bloomed between McKenzie and Ben I feel this series can only continue to get better. Lucky for me I have a full summer ahead to continue my way through it.

Let me know Friends, what is one location from a book that you have fallen in love with? Do you prefer books in the big city or are you more of a cozy, small town person? Thanks for reading–xoxo, Bree