COUNTDOWN TO FIRST NIGHT
The small, picturesque town of Snow Falls, Colo., is the setting for these three charming stories. The characters are well-formed in these short tales, and the children add a family feel. Long after the last page is turned, readers will long to find Snow Falls and join in their First Night celebrations.
In Hart’s “Winter’s Heart,” widow Shelby Craig and her two children are staying with her grandmother in Snow Falls until she can find a job. Falling for her childhood friend Roman Winters, now a heart-sore deputy, isn’t part of the plan. Children’s author Ellie Summers is stranded at the home of her new illustrator, widower Brody Kincaid, and his twin girls, in Daley’s “Snowbound at New Year.” Jolie Goodwin is sure there can be no future for her with Jake Wild because of their shared past. In Minton’s “A Kiss at Midnight,” Jake sets out, along with the little step-niece he’s raising, to convince her she’s wrong. (HARLEQUIN, Jan., 320 pp., $7.99)