Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#BookReview - Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: Sugar Pine Trail
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017

About the Book:
An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's. 

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

This story involves an unlikely match.  First there is Julia Winston, a librarian who fills her evenings alone in a large historic Victorian house with her deceased mother's cats.  She has friends, but her life over the past ten years have been focused on caring for her elderly parents, both of whom are now gone.  Then there is Jamie Caine, the sexy and handsome lead pilot for Caine Tech Company jet fleet.  Rich, handsome and the focus of every woman's fantasy.  Jamie ends up renting the upstairs rooms in Julia's home temporarily while waiting for construction of his new home to be completed, and... yes, you can pretty much predict what ends up happening but the adventure getting there is quite eventful.  It also includes two adorable little boys that Julia finds living on their own when their mother disappears.  No more spoilers!

This book had me smiling at the sweet budding romance and it had me grabbing the box of tissues near the end.  I think I had tears streaming down my face non-stop through the last two chapters.

Sugar Pine Trail is the perfect book to get the reader ready for the holidays.  I loved it!

My Rating:

About the Author:
I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all -- through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor -- I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try -- their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I've come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the "that's-it!" feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can't imagine my life any other way.

I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, raeannethayne@gmail.com


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