Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

Sugar Pine Trail is my first encounter with the works of author RaeAnne Thayne. What I found was an incredibly sweet kind of read filled with heart achingly soul-warming characters.

I’m also pleased with the fact that these characters are a bit older and more focused on the reality of life and the conditions of it. Librarian, Julia Winston, is beautifully written as a woman with a sense of responsibility, yet an underlying desire to break out of the box she has put herself in. She is a warm and delicate lady with a feisty side that makes her so likable.

Julia’s new upstairs renter, Jamie Caine, really doesn’t know what to think of the antique covered apartment he’ll be living in for the next few months. He does find the plain Jane landlord a bit fascinating though— Okay, I know what you’re thinking— the plain Jane girl becomes beautiful after guy sees what she looks like on the inside or that under all those clothes she is a rocking sex bomb and now he’s ensnared. NO. There are so many outside subplots to keep you reading and very little sexy time. It’s a nice change of pace for me as a reader/reviewer.

All I can say is that this was a wonderful ride with funny town folk, good hearted people, and a beautiful sense of community wrapped in a love story.

A great holiday read.


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From the cover…

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…

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