Monday, November 16, 2015

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RaeAnne Thayne

Sparkle In The Snow Leads To So Much More
Celeste Nicholas has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho…until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children's stories becomes a major success, she's suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy…but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer?
Flynn Delaney has moved back home for his daughter's sake. Yet all the millionaire's resources can't help the little girl heal from the tragic loss of her mother. Shy librarian Celeste and her stories do hold some indefinable magic, though. Flynn came home looking for support—can he find that, and true love, in the one who got away?
Praise for RaeAnne Thayne

“[Thayne] engages the reader’s heart and emotions, inspiring hope and the belief that miracles are possible.” #1 New York Timesbestselling author Debbie Macomber
“Thayne’s beautiful, honest storytelling goes straight to the heart.” —RT Book Reviews


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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.
RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at



It is that time of year when you can find an abundant of authors writing Christmas themed books. This is one book you will not want to pass up. I got comfortable and ready to get taken to a little town  where the characters of the book came to life. The book is so well written , I could imagine the snow lightly falling on my hair as I ran to the house where a fire was just starting to crackle. The story is about three people whose lives will intersect and change them forever.

Celeste Nichols is a sweet caring woman who is the local librarian. She loves doing story time with the children and loves to see the smiles on their faces as she reads. As she is reading at story time one day, she sees a familiar face. Flynn is there with his daughter Olivia and the young girl seems mesmerized by the story. I fell instantly in love with this young girl who seemed to want to fit in. The interaction between Celeste and Olivia was  very heartwarming and brought tears to my eyes at times. It is hard to see a child going through physical and emotional trauma. As Celeste is able to start bonding with Olivia there is a connection between them that is pure and natural.

For some reason I didn't care much for Flynn, Olivia's father.  Maybe it was because he was to overprotective of his daughter or he seemed  to move to quickly to start a relationship with Celeste. I think maybe the author wrote such a great character, that when he screamed  at Celeste, he made me angry . It was cute to see them interact with each other after all these years. Celeste had a huge crush on him when they were teenagers, and to see him back in town was a bit of a shock for her. I enjoyed reading about the Christmas farm and how enchanting it was for children. I could picture the squeals of excited children as they saw lights and beautiful decorations. It was especially nice to read how close knit Celeste's family was. Their warmth and caring definitely was a welcome feeling for Flynn and Olivia. 

As you read the book you will find a woman who is able to reach a young girl suffering from a traumatic time in her life. The author did a great job in giving characters  strength, and bringing people together to help each other. Will there be a romance between Celeste and Flynn? Can Olivia overcome her past and be a happy young girl again?

Overall the book was very well written and kept my attention the whole time. I love Christmas themed books and this one has all the elements of a Hallmark  movie that makes you feel good and brings people together with love and the importance of family.

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