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Published by CAEZIK Romance
Released on October 27, 2020
What could be more cozy and heartwarming than a romance set against a holiday that screams home and family? I’ve been meaning to try a couple of these authors and am always game to give new to me authors a go so pair them with Thanksgiving and I took up this collection of stories with delight.
I thought about doing mini reviews for each story since there are only four, but lazily decided to highlight them and briefly review the anthology as a whole, instead.
No Place Like Home by Anna J Stewart
Tripp Atsila is on leave from his FBI Cyber Crimes job to spend Thanksgiving with his gran and large family of siblings in a quaint, Northern California small town. He soon sniffs out trouble in his brothers’ business manager’s life and it becomes a suspenseful Thanksgiving for Tripp and Parker as they sort out her troubles and their feelings.
Second Chance by Kayla Perrin
Going home for Thanksgiving in Toronto after another relationship doesn’t work out has Miranda in just the right place to see a second chance with high school crush Taz. And, with an ailing mom and his own stars aligning to spend time with Miranda, Taz takes little persuading.
Dog-Gone Holiday by Melinda Curtis
Chef Drew is desperate to find a functioning kitchen when the electricity goes so he can show his mouth-watering Turkey Day stuff to a prospective client, but first he has to pay the toll for borrowing former food critic, Claire’s kitchen by letting the woman and her St. Bernard into his kitchen and maybe into his heart.
Love Guides the Way by Cari Lynn Webb
Photographer Kelsey knows that the darkness is closing in as her degenerative eye disease runs its course. Her caring family wants her settled before that, but, unfortunately, a break up right before she plans to bring the boyfriend home to meet the folks is a set back and only a chance encounter with Noah offers her a replacement date. Only is Noah a chance encounter? Noah isn’t so sure either when his wealthy backer who he is supposed to test his new technique places him in Kelsey’s path, but he sure hopes it’s fate.
Thankfully in Love presented four different romance situations set around the holidays. They were warm and sweet even with the suspenseful moments. They are shorter novellas so get to the point swiftly. I never felt that any were under-developed, but I did have moments when I saw how more page time would have given room for some quickly touched upon bits to get teased out better.
I had a few niggles in each of the stories like the first heroine’s insistence to traipsing alone into a dangerous situation and the last heroine’s family pulling an end around her wishes. But, for the most part, these were quickly to the conflict and quickly wrapped up because of their length.
They are perfect for a delicious dollop of Thanksgiving-style romance without the commitment of a longer read since they can be read as separate bite-size morsels. I found something in each story to want more from the authors and I will be perusing their backlists, but particularly I want more of that Atsila family in Anna J Stewart’s romantic suspense story. The anthology met anticipations and I can recommend it to other contemporary romance fans who enjoy holiday, sweetly-toned romances.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
Reading Assignment Fall #10 Prof Ann Thology
New Release #179
About the Book
REVIEW: THANKFULLY IN LOVE: A THANKSGIVING ANTHOLOGY BY ANNA J STEWART, KAYLA PERRIN, MELINDA CURTIS, CARI LYNN WEBB
USA Today bestselling romance authors come together for Thanksgiving to tell the stories of four women who have not had the best experiences with the men they have dated in their pasts. With the help of family and loved ones this holiday season, can they learn to open their hearts one more time? If they can dare to make the leap, they could find themselves finally, thankfully in love…
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