- Title: Christmas at Copper Mountain
- Author: Jane Porter
- Genre: Contemporary Romance; Christmas
- Published: November 2013 – The Tule Publishing Group
- Source: Kindle download
Synopsis: Since the loss of her family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff has led a quiet life and keeps to herself. Taking the temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her calm cocoon is invaded with the arrival of Brock’s pre-teen twins, Mack and Molly who’ve never experienced a proper Christmas and before she knows it, Harley’s determined to make their holiday perfect.
Annoyed at first by Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce, smart and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly and the attractions sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock is determined to hold on to her and praying for a Christmas miracle… (publisher)
My take: Christmas at Copper Mountain is a sweet Christmas novella about two people determined to keep going after suffering unimaginable loss years earlier. This is a contemporary romance so there are the usual predictable scenes that seemed to rush the pace a bit – but it’s a novella so I guess that has to happen. That said, I thought the author revealed details about the main characters’ lives at a perfect pace – little by little.
I think a novella works when it makes me wish it was a full length novel. That was the case with this novella. I enjoyed Porter’s writing, the characters and the setting.
Recommended to fans of Christmas romance and Jane Porter.