This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.A Season of You by Emma Douglas
Series: Cloud Bay #2
Genres: Contemporary, Holiday Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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It's Christmastime in the quaint island town of Cloud Bay, where love is always in season... Will Fraser has believed in love at first sight since the day he first laid eyes on Mina Harper five years ago. There was only one problem: She was happily married. Then, when Mina's husband was killed by a drunk driver, Will figured she'd want nothing to do with a guy who owns a whiskey distillery. So he's kept his feelings locked away, knowing that not even a Christmas miracle would be enough to melt Mina's heart. . . Mina believes her days of true love are behind her. Since losing her husband she's kept to herself, content to do her own painting and stay out of the limelight that comes with her famous family. But when, after a freak accident, Will comes to her rescue, Mina can't quite get him out of her mind. As curiosity turns into a fling during Cloud Bay's first Christmas Festival, she finds it harder to convince herself that her feelings for Will are just mistletoe-inspired. Could Mina be ready to lay the past to rest and finally admit that what she really wants for Christmas--and forever--is Will?
Although this story is a Christmas romance it is not a light and fun read. A Season of You covers some pretty tough subjects and most of the story has to do with moving on after the death of a loved one. This story is not a ‘Christmastime story’ with a focus on Christmas but rather a story that takes place during holiday season and there are Christmastime festivities that take place but they are related to a festival in the town.
Mina has been socially withdrawn since her husband’s death three years prior. She has preferred to keep to herself and avoided any gatherings that involve alcohol since that was a contributing factor to both her husband’s and father’s deaths. On the way to work one night, she has an incident that could have ended tragically but luckily Will Fraser was around to rescue her. Will has had a mega-crush on Mina for years but she has never been available and then there was the little thing of him being partner in a distillery and bar. Everyone knows that Mina would not go near his bar as it was the last place her husband was prior to his death.
After Mina recovered from her incident she couldn’t stop thinking about Will, which was confusing because she hadn’t really noticed or desired anyone of the male persuasion in a very long time. She noticed Will though and that was a shock to her, an unpleasant surprise. She did not want to deal with those confusing feelings, she was a widow and planned to embrace that life for the foreseeable future. She couldn’t be rude though and wanted to thank him for rescuing her. Except that once she saw him again that uncomfortable zing happened to her and she unintentionally created an easy opening for Will to enter into her life.
Will had kept his feelings about Mina to himself for a long time. He figured there was no way ever that he had a chance with Mina because of his business but when she gave him an opening, however how small, he jumped at the chance to start a friendship. When Mina sent him some signals that gave him the idea that maybe they could be more, he came up with a goofy way to allow them a chance to act on what they wanted without strings attached. What followed is a holiday season that promised to be the most challenging yet for both Mina and Will.
A Season of You is the second book in the Cloud Bay series. Although this story is not a stand-alone holiday romance it is a story that is set during the Christmas time season and definitely qualifies for my week-long reviews of Christmas romance books. I really enjoyed the story and although it was a slower paced story I found the sweet romance and a little steamy. I loved Will’s character, he was adorable. Overall, A Season of You works for both a Christmastime romance or a book you can read at any season.
*Thank you to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of A Season of You*
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Holiday Q&A with Author Emma Douglas:
When do the holidays official start for you?
After my mom’s birthday which is early December!
What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
Getting together with my family and friends and just having a good time with the people I love.
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Making the plum pudding with my mum and watching Carols by Candlelight which is broadcast on TV here in Oz on Christmas Eve.
What’s your favorite holiday movie?
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R Tolkien. Gorgeous illustrations and funny! They’re letters he wrote to his kids (as Father Christmas) each year, telling the stories of what had been happening at the North Pole that year.
What’s your all-time favorite holiday song?
O Holy Night because I love the melody.
What’s your favorite activity during fall or winter?
I do Christmas in summer here in Oz so that makes it swimming or otherwise avoiding the heat. But in winter I have a weird liking for walking in the cold, as long as I can thaw out with a good book afterward.
What’s your favorite gift you’ve ever received or given?
Both my current cats I gave myself for Christmas but that probably doesn’t count. I got a membership to the local zoo which was fun as I like to wander around there. Other than that, like a true bookworm, every year I love getting books.
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
Nothing big but I’m sure I’ll come up with a list of books and art supplies that would be great to get.
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
Both to write more and to have more time for non-writing things. Maybe I need a clone for Christmas?