Saturday, December 5, 2020

Review: A Hero's Christmas Hope (Holidays in Heart Falls #3) by Vivian Arend

A Hero's Christmas Hope
Book 3: Holidays in Heart Falls
Publisher: Arend Publishing Inc.
Published: December 01, 2020
ISBN-13: 9781941456941 / 9781989507155
Genres: Contemporary Western Romance, Small Town Romance

This hero needs a holiday miracle or two—and she’s just the one to deliver.

Single father Ryan Zhao didn’t expect a ghost from his past to literally slide back into his life. His longtime friendship with Madison Joy is a pure, sweet memory, and with the holidays fast approaching, her surprise visit is perfect. Maddy’s a breath of fresh air, full of ideas and enthusiasm—and far too attractive to a lonely man like him. Best friends to lovers might be tempting, but it’s also dangerous since she’s leaving after Christmas.

Madison thrives on fixing things. If Ryan insists she stick around and bother him and his adorable daughter for all of December, she’ll do what she can to make his life brighter. Which means reviving their ugly sweater tradition, organizing a not-so-traditional Nutcracker—and fighting to keep from falling in love with her former best friend and his motherless child.

She’s already given up her dreams once to help take care of her family. No matter how much he wants her to stay, Ryan refuses to ask her to do it again for him and his little girl.  Can holiday magic find a way to take these two lonely hearts from friends to forever?

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What I thought about A Hero's Christmas Hope

Vivian Arend returns to one of my favorite fictional worlds in Heart Falls, and A Hero's Christmas Hope delivers what I've come to expect in this series -- a sweet, low conflict romance that warms the heart.  It's what we all need right now with everything going on in the world today.

Madison and Ryan have been friends for a long time and even introduced Ryan to his wife Justina who died shortly after the birth of their daughter Talia.  This is a total friends-to-lovers story as Madison Joy brings her special brand of fun to Heart Falls.

It isn't that Ryan is still grieving for his wife, he just hasn't had time or inclination to get involved with someone, so he's a bit clueless as he and Madison realize they could have so much more.  Madison just "fits" with everyone, and her Joy is infectious.

This is what a Christmas story should be -- full of the wonder of love and all the possibilities.  And I'm a firm believer in the importance of friendship in a love relationship, so this story worked for me.  There were a few bumps in the road, but they were relatively minor.  There's a nice smattering of previous characters from the series too.

 4 stars for this sweet holiday romance from Heart Falls.

A complementary copy was provided. This is my honest review.

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