Vanessa Larkin was supposed to be spending Christmas in Paris, France on a business trip she hoped to enjoy as a working vacation. Instead, she’s been assigned to Fraser Hills, North Carolina—home of the Best Fruitcake in the USA—to convert her company’s property into warehouse space and shut down Porter’s, the fruitcake factory. Offering retirement packages and selling locals on new job opportunities may not spread holiday cheer, but Vanessa believes she’s helping secure the town’s future.
Mike Marshall’s family founded Porter’s. For decades, the factory served as the lifeblood of the community until his grandfather sold the business to a Chicago corporation. The sale cost the town its independence—and the Marshalls their family ties. A horse farmer, Mike was never involved with his grandfather’s company, but still felt Fraser Hills lost part of its identity. And as a widower raising a teenage daughter, he’s suffered enough losses in one lifetime. News of the factory’s closing means losing another piece of the town’s legacy.
Far from the skyscrapers and rapid pace of the city, Vanessa finds herself enjoying the easygoing rhythms of rural living. With Mike as her guide, she learns to appreciate the simple pleasures found in shared holiday festivities among friends. Fraser Hills is a town she is growing to love—and Mike is someone she is falling in love with. Now all Vanessa needs is a Christmas miracle to give her newfound friends and home a gift they’ll cherish for many New Years to come.
Vanessa was hoping to spend a “working” Christmas in Paris this year. But, she has been bypassed and sent to a small town in North Carolina. She is to close down the main employer in Fraser Hills, Porter’s Fruitcake Factory. And, as you can guess, this does not go as planned!
Well, it’s that time of year again. All the new Christmas novels are about to hit the stores. I am not a huge fan of Christmas (GASP!). But, I do love a good Christmas romance. And Nancy Naigle hit the nail on the head this year! I adored this story. With the dang cute, escape artist puppy and the down to earth Mike, this is an ideal Christmas romance.
This is a heartwarming, enjoyable Christmas story. It is predictable, as most Christmas romances are. But, it is perfect to get anyone in the mood for Christmas. Grab your copy today. You won’t be sorry…the escapades of the puppy are worth every minute!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.