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Mistletoe on Main Street by Olivia Miles

Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . .

Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of—for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Hastings, who still heats her up like a shot of smoky whiskey on a cold winter's night.

Grace is back, and Luke is worried. How much has she changed as a bestselling author in the big city? What memories will she stir up? And was the choice he made five years ago the biggest mistake of his life?

Now, with their past, present, and future rocking around the Christmas tree, it's time for Grace and Luke to face the music . . . and the mistletoe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455557165
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Briar Creek Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 719,973
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Olivia Miles is a Chicago-based romance writer. Having grown up in New England, Olivia attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.

For more information on Olivia Miles, you can find her at:
http://oliviamilesbooks.com/
Twitter: @MsOliviaMiles
Facebook: http://facebook.com/AuthorOliviaMiles

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Mistletoe on Main Street 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
To say I loved this book was an understatement, there are no words to describe how much I adored this book, as soon as I started reading the first page I was hooked, I could not put it down, my house could have been burning down around me and I wouldn't have known, Olivia's writing grabbed hold of me from the start and wouldn't let go, this book is filled with everything I love in a contemporary romance, it's like Olivia crawled into my head pulled them out and wrote this fantastic book, it has: * small town romance * second chance at love * the story take place at Christmas time * it features a bookstore * our main heroine Grace is a best-selling author * the gorgeous cover (I know that has nothing to do with the story but it's so pretty). Grace has returned home to Briar Creek for Christmas, having left five years ago to escape her first love Luke and all of the memories, she settled in New York and became a best-selling author just like she'd dreamed off, after her last book received less than stellar reviews Grace has almost given up on her writing career, her one goal while here is to avoid Luke but when driving into town she finds her car stuck in a snow drift and who should come to her aid but the one person she didn't want to see Luke, both shocked at seeing each other again and with a painful history between them things are awkward to say the least. Arriving home, for the first time since the death of her Dad, Grace is shocked to find her family's house which has in the past won numerous awards for the best decorated house at Christmas with her Mom being known around town for her competitive decorating, barely decorated with just a skinny excuse for a tree and her Mom just a shell of her former self haven't not yet come to terms with her husbands death, when Grave goes to visit her Dads bookstore in town which was his pride and joy she comes to discover that it's been closed, her family knowing how much the shop meant to her were too afraid to tell her knowing how upset she'd be when she found out, Grace decides to try and save the store to be able to afford the next years lease, with a plan in mind to hopefully expand with a cafe into the empty store next door, but things don't go to plan when the owner refuses to give it up, Grace has to come to terms with possibly closing the last link she has to her Dad and also dealing with the tension she incurs every time she's around Luke, will these two ever reconcile the past and realise that they are meant to be? Filled with love, loss, grief and the rediscovery of the Christmas spirit, this is definitely a great book to pick up over Christmas to get you in the mood and bring you some Christmas cheer. I eagerly await the next book and I look forward to immersing myself once again in the small town of Briar Creek, Olivia is an author that I will follow closely and who's books will be an auto-buy for me. Loved the writing, story and the characters, a definite reread, especially closer to Christmas. Highly recommended.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Can you go back home again? Grace Madison is asking that question again. She wanted out of her town of Briar Creek to become a writer. Now her family needs her home. I like Grace. I want to go in and look at the bookstore and her family's home. Luke Hastings is the one who stayed in Briar Creek and moved on and got married. He is now a principle and a widower. He feels guilt about his wife. Everyone tries not to talk about Grace & Luke to each other but they keep running into each other. Everyone wants to know what is going on with them. Grace has two younger sisters. Anna has her own business in town she is a cook. Jane is married and has a cute little girl. Their father had died six months ago. Everyone is having problems with depression. They have to give up the bookstore their father loved. Luke & Grace have so many issues to work out. I thought it was going on too long but then problems in real life are not easy to solve all at once either. I did want to shake Luke a few times though. Their is one love scene that I did skip over. I want to come in Briar Creek and see what is happening next to the Madisons. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing). In return I agreed to give an honest review of Mistletoe On Main Street.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Mistletoe on Main Street Author: Olivia Miles Publisher: Forever Series: The Blair Creek Series #1 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4.5 Review: "Mistletoe on Main Street" by Olivia Miles Book Description... "Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . . Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of--for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Hastings, who still heats her up like a shot of smoky whiskey on a cold winter's night. Grace is back, and Luke is worried. How much has she changed as a bestselling author in the big city? What memories will she stir up? And was the choice he made five years ago the biggest mistake of his life? Now, with their past, present, and future rocking around the Christmas tree, it's time for Grace and Luke to face the music . . . and the mistletoe." What I liked from this novel..... This author really gives the reader quite a interesting place in 'Briar Creek' and definitely a good Christmas read that will keep your attention from start to the finish. The two main characters Grace and Luke will keep you entertained as they find their way through his love story. It seems like Grace after being gone five years is trying to make up her mind will she stay in Briar Creek after this Christmas holiday with her family or return to NY? Did she even have anyone waiting for her back in New York after she had dropped Derek? Then there is her father's book store that is not opened any more. What had happened after her father's death to the book store and why wasn't see told about it being closed. I found this love story was about Grace and Luke. What had happened to cause her to want to leave Briar Creek five years ago in the first place and what happened when she came back (seeing only Luke)...leaves again...then back for her father's funeral... leaves.....now back again for this Christmas holiday? In all of Grace's coming and going would she stay this time and run the book store that seems to have closed and just what all did Luke Hastings have to do in all of this? Between these two there will be a lots of drama going on. I don't want to leave out Grace's sister Jane who also seemed to have quite a bit of drama going on in her life and their mother Kathleen. I don't want to spoil it by telling too much of the story. I know I have presented a lots of questions and all of the answers will be answered in this well written novel: "Mistletoe on Main Street." I found this author really worked it with such a beautiful description of the snow during Christmas holiday season of Briar Creek really making me what to find this beautiful place with such unique characters which I found were richly developed that seemed to come alive on the pages presented as Ray, Mark, Sophie, Anna and Rosemary Hastings to name a few. Be prepared for a long read because this author leaves nothing out even a little hot sex scene. What I also liked about this novel.... I liked how this author was able to give us a story that showed a lots of emotions along with the drama of a real love story showing the past and the present of how it is from one reaction can bring on another reaction. In the end will it be a good decision for all involved at this point in their life's? I thought this was a very interesting read and I really enjoyed how this author closes the story.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Mistletoe on Main Street was a good book that touches on some sensitive subjects regarding love, loss, and pursuing your dreams. Considering that it was a Christmas book, I was surprised that it was so deep. Although there is the required happy ending, there was a lot of emotion and sadness that permeates throughout the book. Mistletoe on Main Street is the story of former couple Grace Madison and Luke Hastings. They grew up in a small town called Briar Creek in Vermont. They should have gotten married to each other but instead Grace left to pursue a writing career in New York and Luke stayed in Briar Creek to become an educator. Fast forward five years, Grace has broken off her engagement to someone who couldn’t live up to Luke and is headed back home to Briar Creek for Christmas. She was a best-selling author but her last book was panned by the critics and she is questioning all of her prior life choices. On the other hand, Luke is now a principal and a widower. He never stopped loving Grace and is evaluating his own life choices. All things considered, I do like Grace and Luke as a couple. It’s just that I’m not quite sure that I was totally sold on how their relationship is rekindled. There is so much baggage between the two of them that I felt like there should have been some additional interactions and other situations that should have transpired before they even broached the subject of getting back together. Grace needed to spend more time with her family and rebuild that relationship while Luke really needed to get over his guilt regarding his feelings toward his deceased wife. There just needed to be more time to have passed before this happy ending. I get that it’s a book and things have been tied up in a nice little bow but I would have been more sold on the reconciliation had it not happened so fast. Plus, there is this whole other story line regarding Grace’s sisters that seemed to be touched on so much that they may as well have told their story too. Instead, I’m sure that they will both get their own books. I guess what I’m saying is that there was a lot going on in this book that it’s hard to focus on just Grace and Luke. I hope that the next book is more streamlined. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.**
GinaBina22 More than 1 year ago
Praise for Briar Creek! Mistletoe on Main Street is book one in the Briar Creek series. This charming book about small town love at Christmas begins with Grace Madison, who comes home to BC to visit and finds that her fathers bookstore is failing. As an author herself this hurts her, but more so because the bookstore is a special place for her and memorable of her father. She decides she must save the shop! Luke Hastings never left BC but was broken hearted when Grace left, years prior. Now she's back and he can't help but feel that familiar want for her, and also the desire to help her with her endeavor! With Christmas looming and memories abound, and with the help of this charming town, the Madison sisters grow closer again as well, which adds to the warmth of this series! Can Grace save the bookstore that is so near and dear to her heart? Will Luke find a way to admit his feelings? Get acquainted with Briar Creek, you will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a good concept, but it was poorly executed. I enjoy characters who are flawed, it would be boring if everyone was perfect. But every character in this book is dragging around too much baggage. It bogs down the story. And the two main characters have so many issues with each other, I actually don't even think they should be together. By half way through the book it was very obvious that they both needed to grow up. Also, the book ends rather abruptly. I know there are more books in the series, but the ending of this one just didn't seem quite right. And I have no desire to read the other books in the series. I'm just glad that I only paid $1.99 for this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like Grace and Luke whined a lot. The writing was repetitive. On the plus side it is not filled with sex or foul mouths.
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Highly recommended
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Decent enough story. Too many typos for a 5 star rating!!
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