She looked interested, ignoring the shot in front of her. “Is it really like this all year long around here? Because I can’t imagine someone going to that much trouble to decorate and then taking it down in a few weeks.”
“There’s a reason they call this town Noel, Hope Tavener. Christmas is it’s claim to fame–all year long.”
“Dear Lord,” Hope said, and downed the shot in one swallow. She wrinkled her nose in distaste and let out a sigh.
“It’s actually charming if you get used to it.”
“How could anyone possibly get used to it 365 days a year? There are enough Christmas lights in this town to keep God awake in Heaven.”
Hope Tavener is in a small town called Noel in Montana, a place where there is Christmas all year round. She’s there strictly on business for her mother, Holly, a woman who refused to come back to the town even for her own mother’s funeral. Holly is the owner of her mother’s house and the bakery there, and she wants them sold. She entrusted her mother’s friend and neighbour, Agnes, to do the selling. However, Agnes (and her dead friend, Evie) had other plans.
Tucker Reed is the town hunk, bar owner and acting Mayor. He’s an all-around nice guy who looks after his ninety-one year old grandmother (Agnes) as well as helping out whenever/wherever he can. The women of Noel fall down at his feet because of his looks and his nice guy demeanor, but he can’t commit to any of them. To him, none of them are entanglement worthy…that is until he meets Hope. Of course, this little fact doesn’t help her to be popular with the women-folk of Noel.
Hope is staying at her grandmother’s house, but she isn’t alone. Evie has been visiting her, talking to her and scaring the crap out of her. Evie and Agnes have been conspiring for years to get Hope to Noel. Now that she is finally there, they can set their plan into motion.
What could an old woman and a ghost want with Hope? Will their plans work out or fall flat? Will Hope ever be accepted in Noel?
This book was a real little treat. Christmas is an amazing time of year, but living in a town where there is Christmas carols, Christmas lights on every house and touristy shops that cater to everything Christmas all year round, would seemingly get old after awhile…yet, I found that I might like to visit this place…to maybe even live there.
Tucker and Hope were so amazingly good together and I loved the sexual tension between them. I found myself wondering what Evie’s plans were and why she felt she needed Hope there. I found that I couldn’t put this book down, it was so good.
For a sweet Christmas read this year, Hope For Christmas would be it. 5 stars!