Meet Me Under The Mistletoe
Harlequin American Romance, Dec 1 2014, $5.50
On November 30th Banks and Banks accountant Hanna Merrifield begs Mr. Dewey not to quit as the manager of her Upstate New York Christmas Valley Farm that she inherited when her mom died a year ago. Even with a potential buyer arriving tomorrow, Dewey refuses to listen to Hanna’s pleadings; he blames his anti-Christmas spirit on the evil dwarf horse Molly and insensitive people knocking on his door at any time of day or night. She tells her unsympathetic boss she needs twenty-four hours to go home on a family emergency before driving the two hours to the farm to meet her “savior” the person interested in ownership.
As she tries to capture Molly the wanderer, her first love Sam Chisholm, heading to the farm to buy it, almost runs over Hanna. Having been engaged only a few months ago, Hanna’s shocked that she still has deep feelings for the former rebel without a cause turned suit. Sam reciprocates as the gnome he remembers now is a beautiful woman. Both use the veneer of a business deal to conceal their desires. As their love seems to each of them like a Christmas Miracle, Hanna must decide between ennui at Banks and Banks or cherished competition on her family farm.
The merry Meet Me Under The Mistletoe feels somewhat like a throwback to a pre-social media holiday romance. Hanna and Sam are a nice amiable pairing while the secondary characters add layers to Cara Colter’s pleasant Christmas contemporary.