Simply put, Ms. Clare is a fabulous author and this series is an all-round winner...
Pamela is my absolute favourite contemporary romance author. Her books always please, and this, our fifth visit to Scarlet Springs, is a truly wonderful Christmas read. With each visit, we learn a little more about the town, its people, its history. In Close to Heaven, we experience this close-knit community as Christmas approaches and a heavy fall of snow blankets the town. We see again how the people of Scarlet Springs come together to help when help is needed. I’m completely enchanted by Scarlet Springs, its people and their stories.
Readers who have followed the series have known Joe and Rain since day one. In Close to Heaven we get up close and personal with the couple as they reach a crossroads in their lives. Both have had tough times to deal with in the past, albeit for very different reasons. They have known each other, worked together, he as her boss, and have been friends together for twenty years. Rain knows she loves Joe. And everyone in Scarlet Springs knows Joe loves Rain...except Joe! His reasons for refusing to accept that he both wants and needs Rain are deeply rooted in a past that, as we learn of it, is both shocking and tragic.
This is an extremely well written, often humorous, sometimes sizzling hot, story. I recommend that you read it to discover for yourself how these two delightful people finally come together.
This is not a story to be missed.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)