THOUGHTS ON BOOKS (#1): Bonfire / Snowfall on Haven Point / Our Little Secret


BonfireBonfire by Krysten Ritter
My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

Thank you to Penguin’s First to Read Program for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was impressed with Krysten Ritter’s debut novel. I’m kind of out of touch with TV & movies, so I didn’t realize the author was an actor until finishing. I quickly grabbed this title when I saw it was suspense and didn’t pay much attention to the blurb. Anyway, I enjoyed it.

Abby Williams is an environmental lawyer who’s returned to her tiny hometown to investigate possible contamination by a plastics company with a whole lot of influence in Barrens, Indiana. Abby hasn’t been home in ten years, not since her friend-turned-bully disappeared just after graduation. Barrens is full of bad memories for Abby, but her relationship with the town and people in it is unresolved, which is why this troubling pollution case is important to her.

I liked the author’s writing style and her ability to hook me with her flawed and not-so-likable characters. The overall atmosphere of the book is dark and foreboding, perfect for this gripping mystery/suspense. Looking forward to more from Krysten Ritter.


Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point, #5)Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a freebie from Harlequin on Christmas Eve. I was in the mood for a sweet small town holiday romance, and SNOWFALL ON HAVEN POINT was just what I was looking for. Sheriff Marshall Bailey is laid up with a broken leg at his sister’s house, recovering from a hit and run. With his family out of town, his sister’s friend Andie is saddled with caring for the stubborn, grumpy man. While Marshall’s wounds are physical, Andie is dealing with emotional ones, starting with the death of her husband two years ago. Along with the developing romance between Marshall and Andie are two intriguing side stories, including the mystery surrounding the hit and run. This is the fifth book in the Haven Point series. I read the first one a couple of years ago, and now I want to go back and read the rest. I love RaeAnne Thayne’s realistic, relatable characters and cozy small town settings. Enjoyed.


Our Little SecretOur Little Secret by Roz Nay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A woman is questioned by police after her ex-boyfriend’s wife disappears. Lots of great reviews for this book, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. The story lacked suspense, and the characters didn’t grab my attention. I usually enjoy unlikable or unreliable characters, but not so much this time. I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind many things the characters did or said. Maybe if I was clearer about who the “our” was in the title, and also which “little secret” it’s referring to. I liked the final twist though.


“No two persons ever read the same book.” ― Edmund Wilson

Book Review: SNOW ANGEL COVE by RaeAnne Thayne

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Series: Haven Point, #1
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Released: October 28, 2014
Source: Review copy through NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★


New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne welcomes you to a small town full of big surprises that are both merry and bright…

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a helping hand…for her sick young daughter’s sake as well as her own. But she’s not expecting her holiday hero to almost run her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew that what his life was missing was Eliza and her little girl. But is he willing to risk hoping for a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?


A heartwarming Christmas romance set in snowy Idaho kicks off RaeAnne Thayne’s Haven Point series. Eliza Hayward has had a string of bad luck, beginning with the death of her husband three years earlier. Wanting a fresh start for her daughter and herself, Eliza heads to Haven Point to manage a local inn. However, fate has other plans. Billionaire tech geek, Aidan Caine, crashes into her life, and he knocks all of her best laid plans off course.

SNOW ANGEL COVE is a sweet story with relatable characters who are easy to root for. Sure, Aidan is super rich, but he’s also kind and compassionate, having come from a close-knit, down to earth family. He’s not perfect though – Aidan is a workaholic who’s been hiding a major secret from his family. He needs a strong woman to bring him out of his funk, and luckily for Aidan, he runs right into her. Eliza was amazing. Life kept kicking her when she was down, but she always fought back, especially for her daughter. She most definitely deserved a happy ending.

Though I dislike the billionaire hero trope, I loved Aidan, and this love story worked for me. This was a cozy Christmas read, and I’m looking forward to visiting Haven Point again.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.