Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….
Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.
If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.
I really enjoyed this book, it was one that I couldn't put down once I started. Both MC's were incredibly likable which made it easy to believe in their relationship. I loved the way the author explained Bowen's characteristic of seeing voices as color, it was unique and interesting. Strong secondary characters added to the overall story and brought the sense of family and community that made this a satisfying holiday read.
I will definitely be looking for other Lancaster residents stories!
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press.