Spring in Snow Valley: A Snow Valley Anthology
Operation—Kiss the Girl, Cindy Roland Anderson
Ivy Baker is doomed to marry a man she only pretends to be in love with to save the family ranch. Since she isn’t marrying for love, Ivy secretly creates a kissing wish list composed of scenes from the romance books she loves to read. She hopes to experience at least one kiss from her list before she becomes officially engaged and seals her fate. When she travels to Snow Valley to help her aunt recover from knee surgery, Ivy finds herself falling for Kellen Thomas, an irresistible cowboy she should avoid. By chance Kellen finds Ivy’s list, and decides to make it his mission to help her fulfill her bucket list, turning her world upside down and making Ivy want to choose her heart over duty.
Love Coming Late, Jeanette Lewis
Cynthia Eddington never thought she'd return to Snow Valley after a string of bad luck forced the sale of her beloved farm there. But here she is, about to start a new life with her children, Jackson and Anoria. Cynthia plans to focus on her career and her family; she's not looking for romance and she's definitely not looking for sexy cowboy, Colby Schroder.
Running from the Cowboy, Cami Checketts
Missy Horman escaped an abusive marriage and returns to Snow Valley to help her father deal with her emotionally disturbed mother. Volunteering to teach a youth Sunday school class seems like a good way to get out of her comfort zone—until she ends up kissing Porter Wilson in front of a bunch of teenagers. Embarrassed, and secretly thrilled, by the kiss, she writes Porter off as a playboy. But, Missy wasn't the only one affected and Porter's new mission in life is to prove that there's more to him than flirting and world-tilting kisses. He wants to show her that a true cowboy knows how to treat a lady and, if Missy can't keep her wits about her, she might just let him.
The Bet, Taylor Hart
When Destiny Morningstar gets blackmailed into spending her spring break in Snow Valley, the last thing she’s looking for is a date, especially not with Adam and Chase Moon—two attractive and athletic brothers. But soon she finds herself tangled up in a dating spree that includes a flag football game, swinging around the barn dance, and hiking to Snow Valley's romantic hot springs with the town's most eligible bachelors. At every turn she's within kissing distance of one of the delectable Moon men. When she discovers she’s been part of some bet fueled by sibling rivalry and overactive egos she has to make a decision—forgive them both or miss out on the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Sealed with a Kiss, Kimberley Montpetit
Jessica Mason and Pastor James are struggling to make their long-distance relationship work between Snow Valley and New Orleans where Jessica dances with the local ballet company. When April Murphy, a war widow with a child, shows up in Snow Valley, James reluctantly begins to wonder if he and Jessica are really meant to be. April would make the perfect pastor’s wife and he’d have an instant family and the stability he craves. But he can’t get the spitfire Jessica out of his mind and when she returns to Snow Valley to accept an inheritance, her male ballet partner in tow, the love triangle takes on a new edge. Can Jessica and James figure out how to create a family while living in two different states—or do they allow their hearts to move on and forget the passion they once shared?
Romancing a Husband, Lucy McConnell
Natalie Lawson is at a crossroads. Her husband is down on his luck and some days he’s just plain down while Natalie is moving forward, gaining promotions and starting new adventures. In some ways, they’ve grown apart and Natalie can’t help but wonder if her path through life will always include Eli. When tragedy throws them together, Natalie learns a profound lesson that may save her marriage and provide the key to romancing a husband.
My review: I love books like this and this one is one of my favorites that I've read recently. Each of the stories in this book is cute, clean and fairly quick and easy to read. I know there are blurbs above, but I just can't resist talking just a little bit about why I loved each of the stories in this one.
Operation—Kiss the Girl, Cindy Roland Anderson starts the set off right. I loved Ivy in this book. She is a young woman that is always putting the needs of others before her own needs. Which in the case of caring for her aunt is a good thing. But in the case of marrying it is a very bad thing. I loved the way that she loves reading. And she makes a list of places and situations that she'd like to be kissed in before she marries the almost fiance that she doesn't really want to marry. And then Kellen finds it and that's where things get fun. I loved the way that he tries to create some of the situations on her list, but things always end up going just enough wrong that it doesn't seem as romantic to him. But to Ivy it is. Such a cute fun story!
Love Coming Late, Jeanette Lewis was also cute. Cynthia is a widowed mom of two. She's moving back to Snow Valley after a long absence to work in the hospital and hopefully put her past to rest. She doesn't plan to fall in love with a younger man. Especially a man with a young daughter to care for. There were some really fun parts to this story. I really liked Cynthia and Colby too. His ex-wife however was terrible!
Running from the Cowboy, Cami Checketts If I had to pick a favorite of the stories in this book, this one just might be it! I love the way this one starts out with Missy headed in to help Porter teach a Youth Sunday School class. But things get out of hand very fast and he ends up kissing her in front of the kids...and the pastor. So funny! I love Missy. I love the way she's trying to put her life back together after getting out of her abusive marriage, and while living with her semi-abusive mother. I liked Porter too! It seemed like he is maybe a bit misunderstood with everyone thinking he's a bit of a player, even though he's just trying to find a right fit for himself, and not trying to lead any of the girls on. Such a cute story!
The Bet, Taylor Hart I loved Destiny in this story. I loved that she had loved her cousin, Fate, so much that she didn't feel that she could ever come to Snow Valley again. But she does and gets roped into caring for a flower shop and ends up needing the help of a TA from one of her classes that is mean and cranky. But I love the way that both Adam and Chase are trying to get her to date him. And then they bet on who can kiss her first. And the dibs conversation. So good. I love that Destiny is able to choose her own...well, destiny. This one was really cute too!
Sealed with a Kiss, Kimberley Montpetit I had a bit of a harder time with this one. Jessica and Pastor James had a story in the last one, and I guess I had assumed that they rode off into the sunset and all was well. In this one, he asks her to marry him and she wants to stay where she is in New Orleans with her dance company. I did like that he had a chance with a beautiful widow and the way she recognized that he could never love anyone else. I also liked the way that Jessica changed how she was feeling about dance after seeing the attitudes of the other dancers about having families. It was a cute story, but it just seemed like it took a really long time to get to an ending that both Jessica and James could be happy with.
Romancing a Husband, Lucy McConnell I think the one thing that I would really change about this set is that I would put this story first and Jessica and James' story second not at the end. These two stories really deal with the death of Aunt Sophie that all of the others kind of touch on. But I really felt like I would have understood the situation better if they had been earlier in the book. I loved Natalie in this story. She's trying to make her life with Eli and their kids happier. But Eli has just lost his job and he isn't finding work easily making him grumpy and sometimes a bit unkind to both her and her kids. I loved that Natalie was working so hard and not willing to stop trying even though things didn't seem to be changing. I also really liked Aunt Sophie and her kind advice in this one. So cute. This whole set is so great! Make sure you take the time to read it!
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