A Merry Mountain Christmas
By Trish Milburn
Releasing October 15, 2018
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Heidi Forrester has it all–a new promotion, great friends, and plans to purchase a condo. But when her Christmas plans don’t pan out, she instead vacations solo in Merry, Montana–a picturesque mountain village where it’s Christmas year-round. Charmed, she jumps at the chance to join the festivities by assisting the incredibly handsome but understaffed owner of A World of Christmas, a two-story wonderland of Christmas decor, and finds more holiday spirit and fun than she ever did at glamorous resorts.
Ben McNamara can’t believe his luck when the beautiful visitor to his store offers to fill his seasonal help vacancy. Even more fortuitous, she’s a marketing genius who can help him make A World of Christmas more attractive to potential buyers. But as the date draws close for him to hand off his family’s legacy, Ben realizes that maybe it wasn’t the ever-present Christmas atmosphere that had bothered him, but rather the fact that he’d never had anyone to share it with.
Can Heidi convince Ben there’s so much more to love on Yule Mountain than just Christmas?
In A Merry Mountain Christmas by Trish Milburn, Heidi Forrester is on vacation, yet her boss has nothing better to do than annoy her with work. Still, she's determined to have a good time and working for Ben McNamara in his store A World of Christmas seems perfect since she loves all things Christmas. However, she' a city girl and she'll have to return home sooner or later to her dream job back in Chicago. Yet, the more time she spends with Ben, the more she finds herself wanting things she never thought she wanted. Will Ben be able to convince Heidi to stay?
What an absolutely charming, fast-paced, entertaining read Ms. Milburn has delivered in this book where the main characters were fantastic, the dialogue drew me in from the beginning and had me loving the growing relationship between Heidi and Ben; and the fast-paced plot had me loving the town of Merry and its people, as Heidi becomes quite popular in a very short time. It's like she's meant to be a part of the town. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story really takes off, as Heidi is fascinated by all things Christmas and it's no wonder she's so at home in Merry and Ben's store.
With the main characters, I really enjoyed both the hero and heroine, as the hero is finally ready to do something different with his life and is giving up so much in the heroine's eyes. Will Heidi be able to understand why Ben is making such a decision, especially when the Christmas shop is his family legacy? Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous, hard-working and I liked the decisions she made throughout this story because love and happiness are important . I also liked the friendships the heroine made and I loved the advice her new friends give her, even if staying in Merry doesn't seem like a possibility for her. While the hero, he's charming, confident, has some big decisions to make and I liked the close relationship he has with his parents, especially since all his mom wants for him is to be happy. Will leaving Merry make him happy or is Merry where he needs to stay to be happy?
Overall, Ms. Milburn has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance was delightful and had me loving these two together; the secondary characters entertained me just as much as the main ones; and the ending left me completely satisfied by the way these two fight for their happy ever after. How could they not make the decisions they do, especially when Merry is such a wonderful place? I would recommend A Merry Mountain Christmas by Trish Milburn, if you enjoy small town romances, the mysterious strangers trope or books by authors Melissa McClone, Sinclair Jayne, Erika Marks and Dani Collins.
Trish Milburn is the author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the romance, women’s fiction and young adult genres. She’s also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award, two-time Maggie Award of Excellence winner, and winner of the 2013 EPIC eBook Award for her young adult novel White Witch.
She enjoys road trips, traveling by train, and exploring America’s National Parks. And though it sounds like a line from a personals ad, she also enjoys walks on the beach – especially since she moved to Florida after growing up in Kentucky and spending 20 years living in Nashville after college. She’s a big geek girl, known to cosplay on occasion, channeling characters from Kahlan Amnell (Legend of the Seeker) to The Doctor (Doctor Who) to a Shadowhunter (The Mortal Instruments series). She loves a good costume/historical drama or sci-fi epic, and if you can combine the two that’s even better. That explains why two of her favorite shows of all time are Firefly and Timeless.