Friday, March 5, 2021

Review & Giveaway: One Snowy Night by Patience Griffin

One Snowy Night (Sweet Home, Alaska #1) by Patience Griffin
Publication Date: February 23rd 2021 by Berkley Books
Pages: 332
Source: Publisher
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Hope had a rough time of it when she was abandoned by her boyfriend after a tragic accident killed her sister and his brother, and she finds out she’s pregnant.  Her mother turned on her as well, but thankfully Hope was buoyed by friends and the community. I don’t think a few sips of alcohol made her at fault at all, especially when the details of the accident were described. Yet, somehow Donovan blamed her even though she had to drive because he was inebriated. Yeah, Donovan’s blame didn’t sit well with me, but he was young and hurting. He was a sweetheart to Hope, and most of the conflict stemmed from his continual determination to fix up the Lodge and then move on. Of course, this being a romance I knew it would work out somehow.

 Second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes, especially when the wronged party is vindicated. Hope didn’t rub it in Donovan’s face either, partly because she felt responsible and partly because she was just a good person. I adored her! I loved their journey back to each other. Their attraction was irrepressible even with the history between them. I enjoyed seeing Donovan get to know and love his daughter, as well.

Loved the small-town Alaskan setting! The winter festivities: hot chocolate, holiday decorating, and hunting for a Christmas tree were beautifully described and lovely!

The teaser for Once Upon a Cabin, the second in the Sweet, Home Alaska series, sounds like fun. City girl roughing it in the wilds of Alaska to keep her inheritance. With the help of a hunky Alaskan native, of course. Count me in!

4 Stars

Book Description:

A woman struggling to raise her daughter alone in a small Alaskan town finds her simple existence upended when the father of her child returns. . . .

Sweet Home, Alaska, was once a thriving, idyllic town, where A Stone's Throw Hardware and Haberdashery and the Sisterhood of the Quilt were the cornerstones of the community. Then, in one fatal moment, two young lives were cut short, and everything changed. Now the Stone family businesses have closed, the diner is in the red, and the population has dwindled to 573.

After the tragic accident that took her sister's life, Hope McKnight discovered she was pregnant, and gave up her dreams of college to raise her daughter. When Donovan Stone returns to sell his family's properties and to cut final ties with Sweet Home, he's shocked to find Hope still there--and a single mother. The pull between Hope and Donovan is as powerful as ever. But so are the secrets and lies stemming from that long-ago tragedy. Will they be able to overcome the past, or will the heartbreak of bygone days destroy their love again?

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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  2. I love this trope as well. But I like when a feisty heroine shows him exactly what he was missing. Ha-ha. I'm petty like that. :)

    Lovely review, Rachel!

  3. I just got this from a library. Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. wow...the poor woman. sounds intense.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I felt bad for Hope, too, but she found joy in life despite her challenging experience. Her friends, father, and daughter really helped with that.

  5. The book sounds great, and I love the pretty cover.

  6. New author for me, sounds good!

  7. I'm always a sucker for that small-town Alaskan setting. :)

  8. Second chance is one of my favorite tropes too. Add the small town and a cute dog on the cover, and I think this could be a winner for me.

  9. I love second chance romance. I'm not sure how I'd feel about Donovan placing blame but it doesn't sound like it was a game changer for you so that's encouraging.