Book Review: One Christmas in Winter (Winter, Montana Book 1) by Bell Renshaw

"Probably not what you thought you were getting yourself into when you dumped your coffee on me."

Title: One Christmas in Winter
Series: Winter, Montana, Book 1
Author: Bell Renshaw
Publisher:  Pine Mountain Publishing
Release Date:  November 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Novella
Reba Farwell is finally getting a chance to live out her dreams. Sent to Winter, Montana to direct filming for a crucial, on-location shoot, she knows the next two weeks will make or break her career. And she could definitely use a break. As if that isn’t enough, she’s got a secret that none of her crew knows. All she’s asking for is two weeks of small town, Christmas beauty and a little bit of on-camera sizzle.

Five years ago, Hoyt Bradley’s heart and future shattered in one fell swoop that landed him back in Winter. Thankfully, making lemonade—or his father’s famous lemon meringue pie— out of lemons is what he does best. Running Bentley’s Diner has filled the gaps left in the wake of his heartbreak, even if it hasn’t healed him completely. Not wanting to relive memories of his rocky start in the film industry, Hoyt does his best to steer clear of the dreaded film crew, but Winter has a way of bringing people together.

After one fateful delivery and a score of icy bad luck, Reba finds herself in a bind and at the mercy of what Winter can offer. Will she pull the film together in time to salvage her name as a director? Or will the sparks flying off-camera create more of a distraction than she knows how to handle?

Come visit Winter, Montana in this Christmas Novella where the Christmas lights are always on and the snow falls most frequently when loved ones share a kiss. 

You would not have imagined what to expect when you check out Bell Renshaw's One Christmas in Winter novella. The first in the Winter, Montana Novella Collection, it brings to mind the image of a snow covered small town met with the atmosphere of Christmas cheer. It reminds me of the sweet holiday Hallmark movies, but add in a bit anticipation for what comes next.

"Hoyt was nothing more than a stand-in on her set and in her life. That was all he could be."

In every romance, one can expect a hero, and boy, Hoyt is one hero you'll just fall in love with. First, the name. So cool! Add in rugged good looks and man enough to drink a "girly drink," our heroine, Reba don't know what hit her.

"You can't control everything. and you certainly can't blame yourself for bad things that happen to those you love. Just be there when you can."

Don't expect just the frou-frou stuff, there's also a message of trust and God's plan that round out a novella with substance. One Christmas in Winter will warm you like a cup of hot cocoa while the chill of the air refreshes you. Not to miss!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Annabell “Bell” Renshaw has always loved books and the power of a good story. She turned those passions toward writing at an early age, finding solace and adventure in made-up worlds when her mother would read to her as a kid. She’s grown up now, but still finds herself lost in those worlds. She believes in the power of a happy ending and the fact that--no matter what--love will always find a home.

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