From the author:
Ami and Beck would rather forget the past, but this Christmas of love is one to remember.
Amaryllis “Ami” Bloom’s cheerful smile greets everyone in Good Hope, Wisconsin. But her merry facade hides a dark secret she won’t ever forget. Still, she throws herself into celebrating Christmas—and convinces her handsome, and stubborn, new neighbor to join her.
Beckett Cross, however, is determined not to celebrate the holidays. He moved to Good Hope to leave behind reminders of how he’d had it all…and lost everything. But it’s hard to resist adorable Ami, the designated keeper of the small town’s holiday traditions, when she asks for help with the Twelve Nights celebrations. And Ami has a hard time resisting Beck’s soft Southern drawl and gentle eyes. Will a Christmas miracle give them a second chance at love and the hope to heal both of their hearts for good?
This was my first book by Cindy Kirk and I’m glad I found it when I did because, otherwise, I may not have read it. As a general rule, I don’t “do” Christmas in the offseason, which doesn’t kick off for me until mid-November and wraps up December 27. Once I start a series, I usually binge on it until I make my way through. Had I stumbled across this in July, I wouldn’t have started it and it may not have made its way back onto my radar. As an aside, this was read quite some time back, so I’ll be catching y’all up with my reviews. With all that being said…
This is the first book in a series about a small town, Good Hope, WI. The town of Good Hope is filled with well-intended people who are, for the most part, kind-hearted. It’s kind of kitschy, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it. Amaryllis (Ami) Bloom is literally the girl next door who has a deep seeded secret in her past. Beckett Cross, who bought the restaurant next door to Ami’s bakery, had a tragic loss in his life and moves to Good Hope to get away from everything that reminds him of what used to be. Ami is also a little bit of a do-gooder, but sometimes it takes someone with that type of personality to make a difference to someone. And she did. Throughout the book, we see Beckett start settling in and his roots getting deeper. Together, they start overcoming their deep secrets and a love story is born.
If you want a read that will make you smile and is fairly quick, this may be for you.
My rating: 4 Tiaras
Until next time,