Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Review: Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Jensen



Shadow Mountain

Release Date:
September 8, 2020

Synopsis from the publisher:

When Riley Madigan moves to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will help her mend her recently broken heart. A little peace and quiet would be a gift this Christmas season. The last thing on her mind is love.

Former firefighter Mark Rivers has spent the last year recovering from burns sustained during a rescue operation. He’s been trying to piece his life back together but still struggles both emotionally and psychologically. When he meets Riley, he finally sees something that might bring some light back into his life.

When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity project, he finds himself falling for her quirky, unaffected ways. Riley doesn’t seem bothered by his scars, but is her affection for him real, or is this just another act of charity? One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it’s hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she ready to risk her heart?

Broken hearts and lives are mended as the town of Miracle Creek comes together to celebrate a Christmas to remember.

My Review

After a humiliating break up, Riley Madigan starts over in the small town of Miracle Creek. She gets a new job as a high school art teacher. She’s not sure if this will be a permanent move, but for now, she’s quite happy with the peacefulness of Miracle Creek.

Local hero, firefighter Mark Rivers, is recovering from a burn injury he received during a rescue operation. It’s been tough for Mark despite his family’s attempt at helping him through this difficult time. When he meets Riley, he’s more than just a little interested. However, with his burn scars, he’s sure a relationship could never happen.

This is a heartwarming, emotionally-charged romance. Mark and Riley are tortured souls trying to find some peace for themselves. The writer does a wonderful job of bringing Mark and Riley to life. I could feel their pain with each turn of the page. The story touches on realistic issues and really tugs on the heart-strings.

It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. It kept me up late at night reading and rooting for Mark and Riley. This is a lovely book to read around Christmas time. The meaning of the season comes through strong in this one.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Krista writes contemporary romance, historical romance, and fantasy. She has lived in lush Oregon and rugged Wyoming, but Washington is her beloved home state. She likes to choose familiar settings for her stories and is grateful to have such inspirational places to choose from. She is a mother of six, gramma of three, a gardener and cook, loves to travel, laugh, and hike, and lives ot make the best of what she’s been given. Find her on Instagram @kristajensenbooks.

For author interview requests, please contact Callie Hansen at chansen@shadowmountain.com

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  1. I want to read this now. Thank you for sharing.

  2. wow, you are early, it makes me cold just to see snow on a cover. the longer I can enjoy the warmth, the better, lol

  3. I’m started to feel a bit more festive so I’m looking for Christmas books! Thanks for sharing!


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