ROMANCE

Season of Wonder

HQN: Harlequin. (Haven Point, Bk. 9). Oct. 2018. 266p. ISBN 9781335947932. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096464. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Veterinarian, former foster kid, and single mom of two Daniela Capelli has relocated to Haven Point, ID, from Boston to give her girls a better life. While Daniela is loving her internship with the town vet, teenaged Silver and younger sister Mia are having a harder time. Daniela is determined to carve out a new life—and that doesn't include men—so her attraction to her next-door neighbor and boss's son Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales doesn't help a bit. But the attraction goes both ways, and despite Dani's puzzling reticence, Ruben's not about to give up, even when she tells him something she knows he can never forgive. Misplaced guilt and a closely held secret keep things tense, while a teenage graffiti spree, holiday festivities, a Secret Santa family tradition, and a cast of appealing characters (Silver and Mia are especially engaging) add to the enjoyment.
VERDICT A guarded heroine and a strong, perceptive hero find love despite all odds in this uplifting holiday heart-warmer. Thayne (The Cottages on Silver Beach) lives in the Northern Utah Mountains.

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