Winter at the Beach

Mira: Harlequin. (Moonlight Harbor, Bk. 2). Oct. 2018. 363p. ISBN 9780778369950. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488082139. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Frustrated by the lack of tourists in Moonlight Harbor during the off season, Jenna Jones, divorced mom of a teenager and manager of the Driftwood Inn, comes up with a brilliant idea: Seaside with Santa, a holiday festival just before Christmas, complete with a parade. Armed with chamber of commerce approval, Jenna and her committee spring into action, making plans for events, publicity, and all the extra tourists they hope will come to town. As the excitement builds, Jenna knows it will be perfect. What she doesn't plan on is the weather literally raining on her carefully orchestrated parade—or the wind kicking up, the power going out, and other assorted problems. A colorful mix of family, friends, and townsfolk, including an annoying ex and two attractive but polar opposite men, add to the general tumult and bring the town to life.
VERDICT Funny and chock-full of holiday appeal, this small-town tale is more general fiction than romance, but it will please fans of both. Roberts (Welcome to Moonlight Harbor) lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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