Title: Christmas from the Heart
Author: Sheila Roberts
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: September 24, 2019
USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts takes readers to the charming, snowbound town of Pine River in this irresistible holiday romance.
Sometimes you need to look beyond the big picture to see what really matters
Olivia Berg’s charity, Christmas from the Heart, has helped generations of families in need in Pine River, Washington, but this year might be the end of the road. Hightower Enterprises, one of their biggest donors since way back when Olivia’s grandmother ran the charity, has been taken over by Ebenezer Scrooge the Second, aka CFO Guy Hightower, and he’s declared there will be no more money coming to Christmas from the Heart.
Guy is simply being practical. Hightower Enterprises needs to tighten its belt, and when you don’t have money to spare, you don’t have money to share. You’d think even the pushy Olivia Berg could understand that.
With charitable donations dwindling, Olivia’s Christmas budget depends on Hightower’s contribution. She’s focused her whole life on helping this small town, even putting her love life on hold to support her mission.
When Guy’s Maserati breaks down at the edge of the Cascade foothills, he’s relieved to be rescued by a pretty young woman who drives him to the nearby town of Pine River. Until he realizes his rescuer is none other than Olivia Berg. What’s a Scrooge to do? Plug his nose and eat fruitcake and hope she doesn’t learn his true identity before he can get out of town. What could go wrong?
Livi Berg runs a charity called Christmas from the Heart in her small town of Pine Rivers. She inherited the charity from her mother and grandmother. One of their biggest donors is a company in Seattle, who been donating since Livi’s grandmother ran the charity. When Livi emails them to ask about their donation, she’s told that they can’t give her one this year. She speaks to the CFO, Guy Hightower, who says he can’t spare the donation this year. Livi has to make do with the small donations that she receives in town. Then one day, Livi stops to help a wealthy man, whose Maserati broke down on the side of the road. She hopes that he will be generous enough to help with her charity. However, the man is Guy Hightower. He recognizes Livi’s name, so he makes up a fake name since he knows she hates him. Guy has to stay in town for a few days, waiting for his car to get fixed. He spends time with Livi, getting to know her and her charity. He soon realizes that he may have been too quick to toss Livi and her charity away, but he may be in too deep to reveal his true identity.
This is a great Christmas story. There were some heartwarming parts of this story when Livi worked with her charity to give those less fortunate in her town a happy Christmas. The people in the town were so generous with each other, even when they didn’t have much to spare.
There was also a lot of tension, since Guy was pretending to be someone else. I could tell he would be a good match for Livi, but he was lying to her. I knew she would find out who he really was eventually, but I couldn’t put the book down. It didn’t end exactly the way I predicted, which was a nice surprise.
This is a fun Christmas romance!
Thank you MIRA for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Have you read Christmas from the Heart? What did you think of it?