Born an orphan in Russia, Nashville Sound center Nickolai Glazov never knew the warmth of a big family. Luckily, at age six, his talent for hockey was discovered. Now, with a multitude of championship titles, a berth on the 2014 Russian Olympic team, and plenty of puck bunnies to warm his bed on cold nights, he's not wasting his energy crying over his lack of roots. Even if he wouldn't mind a special someone to come home to . . .
Artisan quilt maker Noel Verden, on the other hand, has so many roots they're threatening to strangle her. Her family depends on Noel for everything, from talking them through using the television remote to deciphering the telephone bill—all from 200 miles away. She loves them, but wishes they were more self-sufficient and would stop trying to force her to close her quilt shop in Beauford, Tennessee, to move back home to Kentucky. If only she had the strength and power to stand up to her family . . .
A chance meeting and a snowy ice storm bring this unlikely pair together on the most enchanting day of the year, and a special connection flares between them. But when the ice melts, will the magic disappear too?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Alicia Hunter Pace is the writing team of Stephanie Jones and Jean Hovey. Stephanie lives in Jasper, Alabama, where she teaches sixth grade. She is a native Alabamian who likes football, Civil War history, and people who follow the rules. She is happy to provide a list of said rules to anyone who needs them. Jean, a former public librarian, lives in Decatur, Alabama, with her husband in a hundred-year-old house that always wants something from her. She likes to cook but has discovered the joy of Mrs. Paul’s fish fillets since becoming a writer. Find Alicia Hunter Pace at AliciaHunterPace.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @AliciaHPace.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a fantastic novel, for Christmas or any time of the year. Pace took me away to Nashville & Beauford Bend for the duration, allowing me to escape the humdrum of everyday life. The eloquent and picturesque writing drew me in while the intricate and explosive story kept me there. The symbolism in this novel added an extra layer to it for me. I’ll never be able to look at a snow globe or a star the same way again. This novel is full of unforgettable characters. I fell in love with this main couple and didn’t want to let them go at the end of the story. The combination of individuals who live their lives in the spotlight with normal, everyday individuals was great. It really gives you a sense of perspective. This novel was a great as addition to the Beauford Bend series or on its own. Pace definitely has a winner with this one. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.