Friday, January 15, 2010

A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Book Two, The Angel Ridge Series by Deborah Grace Staley

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (Penguin)
Date Published: November 2009
ISBN: 978-098-217567-5
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Angie
Obtained by Publisher for review

Blake Ferguson has a big house he is restoring for the perfect family. What is missing from his life is the wife he knows is out there for him. While he searches for his perfect mate, he is spending his time earning a living as a contractor and perfecting the older home he purchased to restore.
When Janice Thornton returns to Angel Ridge, she never expects to meet a man who makes her heart twinge, and makes her want a family and the life she never dreamed of having. Living in the city and being a doctor has always been enough until she comes back to visit her grandparents home and finds Blake hanging Christmas lights. From their first meeting, these two come together and sparks fly.
As a reader I love Christmas stories! They always come together with happily ever after tales that delight the romantic in me. Deborah Grace Staley has a different take on the holiday season and it’s magic. She gives us the dreams, the hopes, and the magic but she throws her characters for a loop with realism and the stuff that makes real life not quite a fairy tale. Her characters are full of life, Janice and Blake’s past comes into play each time they try for happiness and she gives them enough depth that their problems come to life and tug at reader’s heart strings.
Ms. Staley’s hero and heroine may tug at the heart but her secondary characters allow this story to come to life and will bring a smile to your face! The second novel in the Angel Ridge Series A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is definitely a keeper in this reader’s eyes – and enough to make me seek out the first novel in the series, ONLY YOU. Previously released in 2004, these tales live up to being published a second time. I had not heard of the author before, but will definitely be on the lookout for more novels by her – and will hope a third novel is in the works for Angel Ridge, Tennessee.


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