Review: Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward

Review: Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna AlwardChristmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward
Series: Jewell Cove #1.5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 7th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Gift

Fall in love with Donna Alward's Jewell Cove holiday romance, CHRISTMAS AT SEASHELL COTTAGE-an exclusive e-book that will warm readers' hearts.It's Christmas in Jewell Cove, and local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger and a real-life mystery man. Sure, she's always wanted a family of her own, but she didn't imagine it coming from a baby that wasn't hers and a man who was more interested in living day by day than making long-term plans...
Ex-SEAL Dave Ricker hadn't planned on making Jewell Cove his forever home, but the talented and tender-hearted Charlie has him reconsidering his position on settling down. Can a beautiful woman, adorable baby, and a small town full of holiday spirit change his mind for good?
Don't miss the other books in Donna Alward's Jewell Cove series!
"A wonderful romance, packed with family drama, a sexy hero, an incredible old house. You'll fall in love from the very first page."-Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on The House on Blackberry Hill

One of my favorite books that I read in 2015 was The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward, the first book in the Jewell Cove series. That book was just amazing, and naturally, I want to read more from this series. Luckily, my amazing Secret Sister sent me Christmas at Seashell Cottage, book 1.5 in the series, and it was absolutely adorable.

Christmas at Seashell Cottage is a novella about fairly new-to-town Doctor Charlie Yang and former Navy Seal Dave Ricker. Their meet-cute is seriously, seriously adorable. And right away they are attracted to each other. But then, things get off course when they discover a baby left in the manger in The Nativity Scene at the town church.

Charlie was really likable and easy to relate to. Her parents weren’t the most loving, however they were very demanding of her to do well in school, college, medical school, and her medical career. But Charlie decided to move to a small town, Jewell Cove, and be a general practioner, despite her parents hope that she would be a big name doctor in a big name hospital. Charlie is still a little unsure of herself, though, and I could really relate to that.

Dave is totally hunky, but he’s in an odd place. He recently left the Navy and moved to Jewell Cove because he wanted to be close to his daughter. He isn’t really looking for anything lasting, because he’s not sure what his ultimate plan is going to be. He just wants to be able to spend time with his daughter. But he can’t resist Charlie.

The romance isn’t steamy, but it is heartfelt, and I really like that Charlie and Dave took things slow. They were both very respectful of the other. I can’t say that Christmas and Seashell Cottage is going to stick with me, but it is a great book to read this time of year. And I definitely want to read more Jewell Cove.


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