Review | Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains



37955614“When I found out I inherited this place, it felt like fate. Like at the exact right time, my grandmother had opened an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t say no to.”

Published: September 25, 2018

Publisher: Forever

Pages: 311 (Mass market paperback) / 423 with extra content

Series: Sweetwater Springs #1


5 Stars


Screw the consequences- she wanted to live in the moment. She wanted to be whisked away from all the crap of the recent months. 


Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She’s inherited her grandparents’ charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it’s just the new lease on life she needs. Only “heaven” comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he’s now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he’s given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it’s his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who’s the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he’s been given?


First, I want to take a moment to thank Forever Publishing for sending this and a few other books my way! This was the first time that I had ever gotten physical copies from publishers and it means the world to me. Book blogging is one of my absolute favorite things and I’m so grateful for all that this community has given me. Okay, emotional rant over.

This book was PERFECT. If you take one thing away from this review, let it be that this book was perfect. Between the writing, the pacing, the setting, the banter, the characters, the romance, the holiday feels, it was all so amazing and was really a perfect read for the season. If you’re looking for one holiday book to read this December, this is the one! Look at that cover! How can you say no to that?

This little cutie follows Kaitlyn and Mitch as they try and navigate their growing feelings toward one another, their touchy past that haunts them, and the new task of running a successful bed and breakfast. All the while we’re transported to the sweetest little town in North Carolina and get to meet all the small business owners, old family friends, and new guests that come in and out of the main character’s lives. Throughout the story, which was expertly paced, we get to feel all the uncertainty and excitement of falling in love. Kaitlyn and Mitch as main characters worked really well both together and separately, and the plot mixed in a lot of little plot points to carry this book successfully when romance wasn’t the main focus.

Usually when books have a dual POV I tend to like one more than the other, but I really enjoyed the way this was written. It had the sense of a dual POV but it was third person and thus you were very much enmeshed in every character and aspect of the story. The writing style here was exactly what I needed to get into the holiday spirit! It had the mix of comedic banter, swoon worthy scenes, and touching family moments that had me laughing and then crying in all the best ways. Since this is the first in a series I can guarantee that I will be reading book two when it releases!

Happy reading


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The Sweetwater Springs Series



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