Season of Wonder

Season of Wonder

by RaeAnne Thayne

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Overview

The Perfect Holiday Read!

It’s a long way from New York to Idaho…but could they have found a home at last?


Dani Capelli has never truly belonged anywhere. And from her earliest days as a foster child in Queens, she would have been lost if it weren’t for her love of animals. Until high school, when she fell hard for the wrong boy, and found herself pregnant—and married—by graduation. Two daughters later, Dani realized her mistake and filed for divorce, and with the help of scholarships and loans—and a lot of macaroni and cheese dinners—she enrolled in vet school. Things were finally looking up…until her ex-husband became her late husband, in the most notorious way possible.

Now Dani and her daughters need an out-of-town pass more than ever. So when the retiring Haven Point veterinarian offers her a chance to settle in the small Idaho town and take over his practice, she jumps at it. But adjusting to the charming mountain community isn’t easy; thirteen-year-old Silver begins acting out while six-year-old Mia is growing too attached to Haven Point and everything in it, especially their next-door-neighbor, Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales. And Dani can’t blame her. Ruben is everything she’s secretly wanted—and everything she can’t bear to risk loving…and losing.

As the holidays draw near, their shared concern for Dani’s daughters brings them closer together, giving Ruben the chance to show this big-city woman just how magical Christmas in Haven Point can be...and that the promise of a home at last is very real in the most wondrous season of the year…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488096464
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: Haven Point Series , #9
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 3,757
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

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CHAPTER 1

"This is totally lame. Why do we have to stay here and wait for you? We can walk home in, like, ten minutes."

Daniela Capelli drew in a deep breath and prayed for patience, something she seemed to be doing with increasing frequency these days when it came to her thirteen-year-old daughter. "It's starting to snow and already almost dark."

Silver rolled her eyes, something she did with increasing frequency these days. "So what? A little snow won't kill us. I would hardly even call that snow. We had way bigger storms than this back in Boston. Remember that big blizzard a few years ago, when school was closed for like a week?"

"I remember," her younger daughter Mia looked up from her coloring book at Dani's desk at the Haven Point Veterinary Clinic. "I stayed home from preschool and I watched Anna and Elsa a thousand times, until you said your eardrums would explode if I played it one more time[CG1]."

Dani could hear a bark from the front office that likely signaled the arrival of her next client and knew she didn't have time to stand here arguing with an obstinate teenager.

"Mia can't walk as fast as you can. You'll end up frustrated with her and you'll both be freezing before you make it home," she pointed out.

"So she can stay here and wait for you while I walk home. I just told Chelsea we could FaceTime about the new dress she bought for the Christmas dance there and she can only do it for another hour before her dad comes to pick her up for his visitation."

"Why can't you FaceTime here? I only have two more patients to see. I'll be done in less than an hour, then we can all go home together. You can hang out in the waiting room with Mia, where the WIFI signal is better."

Silver gave a huge, put-upon sigh but picked up her backpack and stalked out of Dani's office toward the waiting room.

"Can I turn on the TV out there?" Mia asked as she gathered her papers and crayons. "I like the dog shows."

The veterinary clinic showed calming clips of animals on a big flatscreen TV set low to the ground for their clientele.

"After Silver's done with her phone call, okay?"

"She'll take forever," Mia predicted with a gloomy look. "She always does when she's talking to Chelsea."

Dani fought to hide a smile. "Thanks for your patience, sweetie, with her and with me. Finish your math worksheet while you're here, then when we get home, you can watch what you want."

Both the Haven Point elementary and middle schools were within walking distance of the clinic and it had become a habit for Silver to walk to the elementary school and then walk with Mia here to the clinic to spend a few hours until they could all go home together.

Of late, Silver had started to complain that she didn't want to pick her sister up at the elementary school every day, that she would rather they both just took their respective school buses home, where Silver could watch her sister without having to hang out at the boring veterinary clinic.

But then, Silver complained about nearly everything these days.

It was probably a good idea, but Dani wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger on having the girls alone every day after school. Maybe they would try it out after Christmas vacation.

This working professional/single mother gig was hard, she thought as she ushered Mia to the waiting room. Then again, in most ways it was much easier than the veterinary student/single mother gig had been.

When they entered the comfortable waiting room — with its bright colors, pet-friendly benches and big fish tank — Mia faltered for a moment, then sidestepped behind Dani's back.

She saw instantly what had caused her daughter's nervous reaction. Funny. Dani felt the same way. She wanted to hide behind somebody, too.

The receptionist had given her the files with the dogs' names that were coming in for a checkup but hadn't mentioned their human was Ruben Morales. Her gorgeous next-door neighbor.

Dani's palms instantly itched and her stomach felt as she'd accidentally swallowed a flock of butterflies.

"Deputy Morales," she said, then swallowed, hating the slightly breathless note in her voice.

What was it about the man that always made her so freaking nervous?

He was big, yes, at least six feet tall, with wide shoulders, tough muscles and a firm, don't-mess-with-me jaw line.

It wasn't just that. Even without his uniform, the man exuded authority and power, which instantly raised her hackles and left her uneasy, something she found both frustrating and annoying about herself.

No matter how far she had come, how hard she had worked to make a life for her and her girls, she still sometimes felt like the troublesome foster kid from Queens, always on the defensive.

She had done her best to avoid him in the months they had been in Haven Point, but that was next to impossible when they lived so close to each other — and when she was the intern in his father's veterinary practice, with the hope that she might be able to purchase it at the end of the year.

"Hey Doc," he said, flashing her an easy smile she didn't trust for a moment. It never quite reached his dark, long-lashed eyes, at least where she was concerned.

While she might be uncomfortable around Ruben Morales, his dogs were another story.

He held the leashes of both of them, a big, muscular Belgian shepherd and an incongruously paired little chi-poo and she reached down to pet both of them. They sniffed her and wagged happily, the big dog's tail nearly knocking over his small friend[CG2].

That was the thing she loved most about dogs. They were uncomplicated and generous with their affection, for the most part. They never looked at people with that subtle hint of suspicion, as if trying to uncover all their secrets.

"I wasn't expecting you," she admitted.

"Oh? I made an appointment. The boys both need check-ups. Yukon needs his regular hip and eye check and Ollie is due for his shots."

She gave the dogs one more pat before she straightened and faced him, hoping his sharp cop eyes couldn't notice her accelerated pulse.

"Your father is still here every Monday and Friday afternoons. Maybe you should reschedule with him," she suggested. It was a faint hope, but a girl had to try.

"Why would I do that?"

"Maybe because he's your father and knows your dogs?"

"Dad is an excellent veterinarian. Agreed. But he's also semi-retired and wants to be fully retired this time next year. As long as you plan to stick around in Haven Point, we will have to switch vets and start seeing you eventually. I figured we might as well start now."

He was checking her out. Not her her, but her skills as a veterinarian[CG3].

The implication was clear. She had been here three months and it had become obvious during that time in their few interactions that Ruben Morales was extremely protective of his family. He had been polite enough when they had met previously, but always with a certain guardedness, as if he was afraid she planned to take the good name his hardworking father had built up over the years for the Haven Point Veterinary Clinic and drag it through the sludge at the bottom of Lake Haven.

Dani pushed away her instinctive prickly defensiveness, bred out of all those years in foster care when she felt as if she had no one else to count on — compounded by the difficult years after she had Silver and married Tommy and really had no one else in her corner.

She couldn't afford to offend Ruben. She didn't need his protective wariness to turn into full-on suspicion. With a little digging, Ruben could uncover things about her and her past that would ruin everything for her and her girls here.

She forced a professional smile. "It doesn't matter. Let's go back to a room and take a look at these guys. Girls, I'll be done shortly. Silver, keep an eye on your sister."

Her oldest nodded without looking up from her phone and with an inward sigh, Dani led the way to the largest of the exam rooms.

She stood at the door as he entered the room with the two dogs, then joined him inside and closed it behind her.

The large room seemed to shrink unnaturally and she paused inside for a moment, flustered and wishing she could escape. Dani gave herself a mental shake. She was a doctor of veterinary medicine, not a teenage girl. She could handle being in the same room with the one man in Haven Point who left her breathless and unsteady.

All she had to do was focus on the reason he was here in the first place. His dogs.

She knelt to their level. "Hey there, guys. Who wants to go first?" The Malinois — often confused for a German shepherd but smaller and with a shorter coat — wagged his tail again while his smaller counterpoint sniffed around her shoes, probably picking up the scents of all the other dogs she had seen that day.

"Ollie, I guess you're the winner today."

He yipped, his big ears that stuck straight out from his face quivering with excitement.

He was the funniest looking dog, quirky and unique, with wisps of fur in odd places, spindly legs and a narrow Chihuahua face. She found him unbearably cute. With that face, she wouldn't ever be able to say no to him if he were hers.

"Can I give him a treat?" She always tried to ask permission first from her client's humans.

"Only if you want him to be your best friend for life," Ruben said.

Despite her nerves, his deadpan voice sparked a smile, which widened when she gave the little dog one of the treats she always carried in the pocket of her lab coat and he slurped it up in one bite, then sat with a resigned sort of patience during the examination.

She was aware of Ruben watching her as she carefully examined the dog, but Dani did her best not to let his scrutiny fluster her.

She knew what she was doing, she reminded herself. She had worked so hard to be here, sacrificing all her time, energy and resources of the last decade to nothing else but her girls and her studies.

"Everything looks good," she said after checking out the dog and finding nothing unusual. "He seems like a healthy little guy. It says here he's about six or seven. So you haven't had him from birth?"

"No. Only about two years. He was a stray I picked up off the side of the road between here and Shelter Springs when I was on patrol one day. He was in a bad way, half-starved, fur matted. I think he'd been on his own for a while. As small as he is, it's a wonder he wasn't picked off by a coyote or even one of the bigger hawks. He just needed a little TLC."

"You couldn't find his owner?"

"We ran ads and Dad checked with all his contacts at shelters and veterinary clinics from here to Boise, with no luck. I had been fostering him while we looked, and to be honest, I kind of lost my heart to the little guy and by then Yukon adored him so we decided to keep him."

She was such a sucker for animal lovers, especially those who rescued the vulnerable and lost ones.

And, no. She didn't need counseling to point out the parallels to her own life.

Regardless, she couldn't let herself be drawn to Ruben and risk doing something foolish. She had too much to lose here in Haven Point.

"What about Yukon here?" She knelt down to examine the bigger dog. Though he wasn't huge and Ruben could probably lift him easily to the table, she decided it was easier to kneel to his level. In her experience, sometimes bigger dogs didn't like to be lifted and she wasn't sure if the beautiful Malinois fell into that category.

Ruben shrugged as he scooped Ollie onto his lap to keep the little chi-poo from swooping in and stealing the treat she held out for the bigger dog. "You could say he was a rescue too."

"Oh?"

"He was a K-9 officer down in Mountain Home. After his handler was killed in the line of duty, I guess he kind of went into a canine version of depression and wouldn't work with anyone else. I know that probably sounds crazy."

She scratched the dog's ears, touched by the bond that could build between handler and dog. "Not at all," she said briskly. "I've seen many dogs go to decline their owner dies. It's not uncommon."

"For a year or so, they tried to match him up with other officers, but things never quite gelled, for one reason or another, then his eyes started going. His previous handler who died was a good buddy of mine from the Academy and I couldn't let him go just anywhere."

"Retired police dogs don't always do well in civilian life. They can be aggressive with other dogs and sometimes people. Have you any problems with that?"

"Not with Yukon. He's friendly. Aren't you, buddy? You're a good boy."

Dani could swear the dog grinned at his owner, his tongue lolling out.

Yukon was patient while she looked him over, especially as she maintained a steady supply of treats.

When she finished, she gave the dog a pat and stood. "Can I take a look at Ollie's ears one more time?"

"Sure. Help yourself."

He held the dog out and she reached for Ollie. As she did, the dog wriggled a little and Dani's hands ended up brushing Ruben's chest. She froze at the accidental contact, a shiver rippling down her spine. She pinned her reaction on the undeniable fact that it had been entirely too long since she had touched a man, even accidentally.

She had to cut out this fascination or whatever it was immediately. Clean-cut, muscular cops were not her type, and the sooner she remembered that the better.

She focused on checking the ears of the little dog, gave him one more scratch and handed him back to Ruben. "That should do it. A clean bill of health. They seem to be two happy, well-adjusted dogs. You obviously take good care of them."

He patted both dogs with an affectionate smile that did nothing to ease her nerves.

"My dad taught me well. I spent most of my youth helping out here at the clinic — cleaning cages, brushing coats, walking the occasional overnight boarder. Whatever grunt work he needed. He made all of us help."

"I can think of worse ways to earn a dime," she said. The chance to work with animals would have been a dream opportunity for her, back when she had few bright spots in her world. Besides that, she considered his father was one of the sweetest people she had ever met.

"So can I. I always loved animals."

She had to wonder why he didn't follow in his father's footsteps and become a vet. None of his three siblings had made that choice either. If any of them had, she probably wouldn't be here right now, as Frank Morales probably would have handed down his thriving practice to his own progeny.

Not that it was any of her business. Ruben certainly could follow any career path he wanted — as long as that path took him far away from her. "Give me a moment to grab those medications and I'll be right back."

"No rush."

Out in the hall, she closed the door behind her and drew in a deep breath.

Get a grip, she chided herself. He's just a hot-looking dude. Heaven knows, you've had more than enough experience with those to last a lifetime.

She went to the well-stocked medication dispensary, found what she needed, and returned to the exam room.

Outside the door, she paused for only a moment to gather her composure before pushing it open. "Here are the pills for Ollie's nerves and a refill for Yukon's eyedrops," she said briskly. "Let me know if you have any questions — though if you do, you can certainly ask your father."

"Thanks." As he took them from her, his hands brushed hers again and sent a little spark of awareness shivering through her.

Oh come on. This was ridiculous.

She was probably imagining the way his gaze sharpened, as if he had felt something odd too.

"I can show you out. We're shorthanded today since the veterinary tech and the receptionist both needed to leave early for a Christmas concert at the school."

"No problem. That's what I get for scheduling the last appointment of the day — though, again, I spent most of my youth here. I think we can find our way."

"It's fine. I'll show you out." She stood outside the door while he gathered the dog's leashes, then led the way toward the front office.

* * *

After three months, Ruben still couldn't get a bead on Dr. Daniela Capelli.

His next-door neighbor still seemed a complete enigma to him. By all reports from his father, she was a dedicated, earnest new veterinarian with a knack for solving difficult medical mysteries and a willingness to work hard. She seemed like a dedicated and loving mother, at least from the few times he had seen her interactions with her two girls, the uniquely named teenager Silver — who had, paradoxically, purple hair — and the sweet-as-Christmas-toffee Mia, who was probably about six.

(Continues…)



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Season of Wonder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance if a young veterinarian who's mom to two girls and ex-wife of a notorious criminal and a deputy who doesn't know feisty moms are his type nor how empty his life is until Dani and her girls fill it. He has a big heart and penchant for taming rebellious teens with his kind smile, fairness and honest eyes. She's more than twice shy. This is a fun, family romance, one filled with patience, tradition and wonders of Christmas * ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. I honestly enjoyed this one. It provided the hope and faith in mankind U needed. # Netgalley #season of wonder # raenne thayne #christmas romance
gaele More than 1 year ago
Dani and her two daughters, 13 year old Silver and 6 year old Mia have relocated from Boston with Dani’s graduation from vet school to partner with Dr. Morales and start their new life. Divorced after eight years with a ‘baby mobster wanna-be’, Dani changed her life, her residence and her and her daughter’s names to escape the taint that her now-dead ex-husband’s name would bring – as not long after they arrived in Haven Point, he went down in a ‘blaze of glory’ killing 3 people, one a police officer, during a botched bank robbery that made national news. While Dani has zero to be ashamed about – her marriage was her own immature effort to bring a sense of family back into her life, one that she lost when her mother died when she was a child and thrust into the foster care system. But, Tommy was in and out of prison, with his mother the only person who actually believed, and refused to see sense, where her son was concerned. Working multiple jobs, going to school (and then vet school) taking loans, scrimping and saving – she’s graduated and a correspondence with a visiting lecturer brought her an offer to work in the clinic at Haven Point, with an eye to taking over the practice when the current vet, Dr. Morales retired fully. Dani’s new start comes with a small house, perfect for her and the girls, and a ton of challenges. Having experienced everything being yanked out from under her, repeatedly, as a child, she’s not interested in allowing herself to feel ‘too comfortable’ in this place, always waiting for the next shoe to drop. When you add in her daughter Silver and her being caught vandalizing properties in town, her change in both behavior and attitude, difficulty fitting in and the general ‘teenagerness’ of her behavior – Dani is quickly running out of ideas to bring her daughter back. On the other hand, her bright, chirpy and outgoing younger child Mia is withdrawn, painfully shy with everyone but Dani, and seems to have lost some of her spark. With a neighbor being both a Sherriff and the son of her boss, not to mention insanely attractive and friendly, and just a bit too observant for her liking, nothing could be worse than having Silver returned to home with him, after vandalizing his new boat. EVERYTHING is wrong with this situation: Dani’s shame for her daughter’s behavior and worry that it is the first in a long slide into her felon-father’s footsteps, Mia’s apparent fascination with the man, his obvious careful consideration and ‘sizing up’ of her every reaction, and the unexpected, yet wholly understanding way he approaches Silver’s bad behavior and offers options for her to ‘make things right’, showing both Dani and Silver that mistakes happen, it’s how you learn from them while working to rectify the issues. From the first moment to the last, it’s a struggle for Dani to keep her remove with Reuben, while he’s constantly hoping to get ‘more’ from her: trust, conversation, smiles, and yes, kisses. He’s trying to pull Dani and the girls into the community – you don’t relocate from the big city to a small town to stay apart from everyone and everything – but he also sees that Dani’s reluctance to ‘join’ is rooted in her own insecurities and hurt – and he’s determined to give her every option to share what’s hurt her, in hopes that something new can come from it. With the acceptance from Mia and Silver, his parents and siblings, and a dramatic show-down with Silver at the center, it slowly becomes apparent
KrittersRamblings 6 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Another book in the Haven Point series and although each book centers around a different character like a lot of romance series do, I still suggest starting at the beginning of this series and letting the books build on themselves. I loved the main characters of this book. Dani Capelli has moved with her two daughters to this small town to work in a veterinary office with the hopes of inheriting it when Dr. Morales decides to retire. At the same time Dr. Morales son, Ruben lives next door and may start invading their lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this fairy tale ending story. Perfect for the holidays.
Cora More than 1 year ago
This was a great Christmas story! Like all of RaeAnne's books you will not be disappointed. I loved all the characters and had a very hard time putting down this book.
teresa mcgee More than 1 year ago
Great Christmas story! I couldn't put the book down by this author. Needless to say I was back in B&N to buy a couple more books by RaeAnne Thayne!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! This was a wonderful Christmas romance. RaeAnne Thayne does a phenomenal job of pulling the reader in. This story was full of a whole gamut of emotions, from tears, fears and happiness. I love her Haven Point series. Reading about Dani, the new veterinarian, her two daughters and their hunky neighbor Ruben Morales, had me hooked from the first page. Can't wait for the next novel.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Season of Wonder" is a really sweet (and clean) romance that follows veterinarian Dani and her hot next door neighbor, Deputy Ruben Morales. Dani has moved to Haven Point to take over Dr. Morales's (Ruben's father) veterinary practice and make a new start for herself and her two girls, Silver (13) and Mia (6). She is worried about what everyone will think if they know about her ex-husband/the girls' father who recently died and so she has maintained distance from everyone in town. That distance becomes harder to maintain when Silver is caught spray-painting Ruben's boat (after tagging some other buildings). In recompense, she must fix the damage she has made. In the process, Dani and her two daughters get to know Ruben better, and he begins to fall in love with the whole family. However, Dani is too afraid to let go of her past and trust in a man- even though her daughters are beginning to get attached. Dani must overcome her own fears in order to open herself to new romance. The daughters were really the best part of the book, and I loved every scene with them in it. Ruben is a fantastic main character- so patient, kind, and good with kids. Dani was easy to understand, but I wanted to yell at her a few times for resisting the good man in front of her- especially after the passionate kisses they shared. I was surprised at how much trouble 13-year-olds could get into, but it made for an additional interesting element to the overall story. With the setting of the Christmas season, there was also some lovely messages about generosity, love (not only romantic) and belonging that really gets you into the holiday spirit. Overall, I found this a really enjoyable holiday story, and I really loved it. It was also a really quick read, as I had a hard time putting it down. For fans of (clean- no more than kissing) holiday romance, this is sure to be a hit! Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Thayne's Haven Point series continues, this time during the holiday season. Dani Capelli has uprooted her two girls to take on what amounts to a vet apprenticeship with the local Haven Point vet who hopes to retire after the year trial with Dani. She is very reserved--her life out East wasn't easy and the underlying worry about the harm her ex husband has done nags at her. Her girls, both Silver and Mia are so well written. Mia, being younger, is happy to try out this new area, while Silver falls in and out of funks like any good teen who didn't want to leave her 'real' home. Neighbor Ruben Morales soon becomes a wonderful influence and the magic of both the holidays and their budding relationship are evident. Another great story by Thayne, I really can't recommend them enough.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A sweet, low angst contemporary holiday romance… Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne is a sweet, low angst, contemporary holiday romance. It is set in the charming, wholesome small town of Haven Point, Idaho at Christmastime and is part of a series. The tale works perfectly well as a standalone read if that is your preference. That is actually the way I read it as both this author and series are new to me. Season of Wonder story features the story of handsome deputy sheriff Ruben Morales and veterinarian intern Daniela “Dani” Capelli. Ruben’s father befriended Dani when he visited her veterinary school. He became her mentor and, when she graduated, he offered her the chance to buy his thriving practice when he retires. Haven Point is the kind of environment that Dani would like her girls to grow up in so she makes the big move from Boston to Idaho. Ruben lives next door to Dani and her brood. As the story opens, Dani is struggling both as a single mother to two girls and as she trains at Ruben’s father’s veterinary practice. She’s also having trouble adapting to her new home. New Haven welcomes her with open arms, but Dani is standoffish as she’s afraid that they will judge her based upon her ex-husband’s record which she keeps a deep, dark secret. Ruben and Dani are strongly attracted to each other – but they fight their chemistry for different reasons… until Dani’s daughter gets in trouble. Ruben comes up with a way for Dani’s daughter to make amends for what she did. He then involves her in a gifting game that his family plays every Christmas season. Ruben’s family plays an integral part in this tale as the perfect example of a patient and loving family. I really liked how Ruben and his family included Dani’s in their holiday traditions despite her prickliness. Sadly, I had trouble relating to Dani at first – the barriers she put up to everyone served to wall her off to me too. For a smart woman, I felt that she wasn’t very smart in the relationships’ department. Thankfully, as the story neared its conclusion, she lowered her barriers and I felt my feelings towards her change also. The ending is nice as Dani and her girls rediscover the magic of the holiday season and open their hearts to love. This is a clean romance. There’s some kissing, but no other hanky panky. Supporting players include some furbabies that will steal your heart! Season of Wonder is a heartwarming, predictable story that will leave you with a happy smile and swaddled in warm fuzzy feels. I enjoy holiday romances year-round. Season of Wonder is just what Santa ordered to put readers in the holiday spirit and to escape from life’s realities for a while. I hope to play catch up with this series in the future!
KIJERO More than 1 year ago
She's the new veterinarian, and a single mom who's hiding her past from the residents of Haven Point. He's the deputy sheriff, and her neighbor. There is an attraction that she wants to deny. A daughter's vandalism brings them to work together. As he invites them to spend time with him and his family during the holiday season an attraction becomes more. Then an accusation against her daughter puts distance between them. Can they have a Seaon of Wonder together? Dani Capelliis new to Haven Point and shortly after arriving her past came back to haunt her stopping her from interacting with the residents of Haven Point. Her past as a foster kid and a disasterous marriage has her not trusting. Her neighbor makes her nervous and she want to spend as little time around him as possible. Ruben Morales is a deputy for the county and has has been interested in Dani since he first saw her. He brings his 2 dogs into see her at the vet clinic. He's alerted to something outside his house by his dogs. He goes to investigate and finds Dani's oldest daughter causing vandalism. He makes a deal with her and takes her home. The adults both know she's lying about being alone. They come up with a plan to fix the neighborhood's vandalism. Ruben, Dani and her daughters go clean it up bringing them to become neighborly. Ruben asks for their help with a family tradition. This brings Ruben and the Capellis closer together and they get invited to a local Holiday Festival and to spend time with the Morales family. An entry into the boat parade brings Dani and Ruben's relationship to revealing their secrets. They get closer and when Ruben has a bad day at work Dani comforts him. A call to the local middle school puts Ruben in complicated situation. When Dani's oldest is accused of theft and is suspended its up to Ruben to relay the situation to Dani. She immediately goes into mom protective mode and hurts Ruben with her accusation. Ruben shows up at the Capelli house with two of the daughter's friends. They apologize for what they've done. Dani feels awful for the hurt she's caused Ruben and realizes that she needs to let go of the past and that what happened wasn't her fault. She goes to Ruben and apologizes and they reveal their feelings. A year later they're married and taking the boat through the boat parade by themselves. RaeAnne Thayne returns to Haven Point to bring together two people who realize that the past doesn't have to affect your future. An emotional story of overcoming your past to have a better life. That you can find love of different types when you find the woman of your dreams. I'm always in the mood to read a RaeAnne Thayne book. Any time you can go to Haven Point please do its worth the trip along with all her other book series.
Debi_2014andBeyond More than 1 year ago
Every now and again, I am able to learn about new books through their publicists, which is always super awesome. Today's post is about a book by RaeAnne Thayne titled Season of Wonder. When I first learned about Season of Wonder, I didn't realize it was part of a series. I later learned that it was book #9 of the Haven Point series, providing a contemporary holiday romance set in the small town of Haven Point, Idaho. I haven't read any of the other books in this series, and I did feel that this book served as a standalone. Daniela "Dani" Capelli hopes to find a second chance for herself and her two daughters Silver and Mia, when she finishes veterinary school an accepts a veterinarian job in a small Idaho town. She hopes to put the ugliness of Boston and her past there and settle into the small town of Haven Point. Her fear of having her past discovered keeps her distant with the local residents. While Dani loves her new job, 13-year old Silver is having difficulties adjusting to small town life. Coincidentally (or not), Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales happens to live next-door to Dani and her daughters. Ruben is curious about Dani and while she seems to be very caring as a vet and is loving towards her animal patients and her daughters, she seems to be very standoffish toward him. Ruben goes out of his way to help Dani when Silver has issues, and Dani finds herself falling for Ruben. Despite Dani's attempts at keeping Ruben at bay, he refuses to give up on Dani and includes all of the girls in his own family’s holiday traditions, which results in a life-changing Christmas in Haven Point for them all. The characters in this story are very engaging - so realistic and believable - and the plot is well written. It's clear that Dani hasn't had an easy life and has overcome so much, but she just couldn't leave her past hurts and mistakes in the past. Not only does the author provide readers with a great romance, she manages to provide readers with a very authentic story of a teenager dealing with difficult issues that impact her whole family. I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy from Little Bird Publicity through Net Galley in exchange for my post. I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because this book was great! Thank you!
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I have become a huge RaeAnne Thayne fan and this book just confirms that feeling. This is such a lovely, feel-good book and perfect for getting in the mood for the Christmas season! However, this is not a book just for the holiday season - you can enjoy it anytime of the year. This is part of the Haven Point series but I was never lost reading this as a stand alone book. Dani has moved to Haven Point, Idaho with her two daughters from Boston after attending Veterinary School there. It's a big adjustment especially for her teenage daughter, Silver, who is finding it hard to go from big city living to a small town. Dani's other daughter, Mia, is doing better but it's also a huge change for her. Dani is interning with Dr. Morales and hopes to buy his practice. His son, Rueben Morales, is her next door neighbor and also a Deputy Sheriff. There are definite sparks between the two but Dani is keeping her distance for fear he will find out about her past and he's not really sure he wants to get involved with a woman with children again. I loved the relationship between Dani and her daughters as she navigates the struggles of being a single, working mom and trying to take care of her family. I also loved seeing the relationship between Dani and Rueben blossom after a lot of false starts. This book is a beautiful reminder of learning to love and trust despite difficult things in our past. I really loved this story and these characters! Just a wonderful story that made me feel good. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Little Bird Publicity. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Season of Wonder RaeAnne Thayne You can always count on RaeAnne Thayne to deliver a heartwarming holiday tale and Season of Wonder is another prime example. Mix charming, flawed characters, small town pleasantries and pettiness, a slow burning romance, adorable dogs and two needy kids and you’ll get a done to perfection Christmas story. Dani trying to juggle being a single mom and her brand new Vet practice plus trying to hide a past she’s ashamed of in a nosey small town makes for an engaging page turning read. But the stand-outs in this seasonal story have to be Dani’s daughters 13 year old Silver, troubled but with a heart of gold and 6 year old Mia who’s simply adorable. Plus the four legged costars and the simmering attraction between Dani and the hunky deputy it’s a win win! So if you’re looking for a sweet and spicy holiday read heavy on the sweet and light on the spicy put Season of Wonder on your wish list. SUMMARY: Dani Capelli fresh out of Vet School needed a fresh new beginning far away from her tragic past and when the Haven Point Idaho town Vet offered her an internship with the possibility of taking over his practice she couldn’t move herself and her two daughters fast enough. But not all is good in paradise, when her troubled teen strikes out by breaking the law she wonders if she should run again. Especially when a gorgeous small town cop that she has no business lusting after offers to help get her daughter back on the right track. Haven Point deputy Ruben Morales always thought he’d be settled by now with 2.5 kids and a sweet agreeable wife. Trouble is his heart keeps pointing him in the direction of the recently transplanted prickly, standoffish new town Vet, the one that comes with two daughters and a past full of secrets. He’s all for breaking the ice but this ice queen has other ideas.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Small-town life at it's best! With another book in the ever-popular Haven Point series by RaeAnne Thayne, we meet a new family that is moving to town and trying to settle in after leaving big city life and problems. The family was quick to grab my attention and the turmoil that starts to flow keeps it. Small town life can be a blessing or a curse depending on how well you want to fit in and how many secrets you are hoping don't come out! An enjoyable addition to the series. When tragedy strikes Dani Capelli's relatively young life yet again, she finds the need to bury her head in the sand and start anew. With her two daughters, this New York native sets out to start over in Haven Point, Idaho with the wonderful position she's been given taking over some of the town veterinarian's duties as he eases into retirement. One rebellious teenager and one clingy six year old make for an interesting mix in this new town. Deputy sheriff Ruben Morales obiously knows the Capelli's because Dani is working with his dad at the clinic, but he's not sure what to make of them yet. She seems to keep herself separate from the town a lot even though she's supposed to be settling in. When her teenage daughter starts getting into trouble, Ruben is the one to step up with a helping hand. There's more to this family than meets the eye, and he's really starting to like them, so he's making it his mission to make sure they see what a great place Haven Point can be ... especially around Christmas!
bookfan-mary More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne takes us back to Haven Point at Christmas time. Dani and her daughters are new in town. She’s the new veterinarian set to take over the ready-to-retire Dr. Morales’ practice. Older daughter Silver isn’t happy in a new place and school but younger daughter Mia loves the town and everyone she meets. When Silver acts out in a big way their neighbor becomes involved with the family. Deputy Ruben Morales (son of Dr. Morales) is someone Dani wants to avoid. If she offends him it could jeopardize her future in Haven Point. The problem is, there’s a growing attraction and it’s not one-way. Ruben has made it a policy not to date women with children. He doesn’t know what to do when he realizes he actually enjoys Dani and her girls. This could go well or very, very wrong for everyone involved. For good reason Dani has had trust issues her entire life. She wants to provide her daughters with a different life. Is that even possible without opening herself to the possibilities that present in Haven Point. She’s about to find out. Season of Wonder is a lovely novel about the good that can come from rising above challenges both big and small.
Bookladye More than 1 year ago
Season of Wonder is a gift from RaeAnne Thayne to her readers. This family story set during the Christmas holiday season is a treasure to be read again and again each and every holiday season. Each word and phrase is carefully constructed to provide solace and soothing for the reader. “He had brought light and color to her world, in so many ways.” “Nobody makes it through this ride called life without making choices he or she regrets.” Season of Wonder is filled with endearing characters - Ruben Morales, Dani Capelli, Silver and Mia Capelli, Frank and Myra Morales. The story and the characters, are indeed a wonderful addition to the holiday season!
Bookladye More than 1 year ago
Season of Wonder is a gift from RaeAnne Thayne to her readers. This family story set during the Christmas holiday season is a treasure to be read again and again each and every holiday season. Each word and phrase is carefully constructed to provide solace and soothing for the reader. “He had brought light and color to her world, in so many ways.” “Nobody makes it through this ride called life without making choices he or she regrets.” Season of Wonder is filled with endearing characters - Ruben Morales, Dani Capelli, Silver and Mia Capelli, Frank and Myra Morales. The story and the characters, are indeed a wonderful addition to the holiday season!
Paula-52 More than 1 year ago
Season of Wonder is a great add to the Haven Point Series, and makes you ready for the holiday's. Dani Capelli comes to Haven Point with her two daughters to start over carrying a secret. She takes over for a Dr. Morales in his Vet clinic and lives next door to his son. She has one daughter that is shy and one is having a hard time. Ruben, the next door neighbor, and Dr. Morales' son, never thought that he could fall for someone like Dani, or someone with kids. As he set out to help them get into the Christmas spirit, everything changes for all of them. Wonderful Book!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I found myself reading, turning pages, and finishing chapters while putting off all the rest of the chores that I was supposed to be doing. Maybe it helped that it was a rainy gloomy day but I could not stop reading about Dani and Ruben. Dani’s children were amazing. The attitude of the teenager, the wanting to please of the youngest were so real to how my children were that I could picture myself as a single mom trying to handle the kids, a job, and now a man that I can’t stop thinking about. Ruben…sigh… he was amazing. He won my heart when he didn’t push the girls to talk to him; he talked to them as adults and didn’t expect more from them than what a child can give. He knew that Dani and the girls were a family and if he wanted to be in any of their lives he had to be in all of their lives. He treated Dani with respect but also as a woman, he showed her he was attracted to her, gave her space when she needed it, and accepted what she was able to give. RaeAnne Thayne is an author that I always enjoy and Season of Wonder is no exception. I recommend picking up this easy, light, and fun book. It does not have to be read with the rest of the series as it is definitely a stand-alone book.
akamc57 More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautiful book, both the cover and the wonderful story inside. I'm a big fan of warm Christmas stories and this one fits the bill. Dani and her two girls have relocated from Boston to Haven Point, Idaho to start a new life. Widowed Dani is working hard as the new local veterinarian and trying to keep the details of her ex-husbands illegal activities private. She has her walls up and is fearful of letting anyone near which is difficult since the next door neighbor is hunky deputy sheriff Ruben Morales. He's taken a shine to Dani and her daughters but she resists her feelings toward him. Ruben catches her 13 yr old daughter vandalizing property and that only serves to bring Ruben closer to Dani's family. Of course it's just a matter of time before these two find their way to each other. Was not a fan of Dani early on but loved Ruben and his giving and caring spirit. This is a feel good story that you'll enjoy reading. It's the 9th entry into the Haven Point series but easily stands alone.
Evarista More than 1 year ago
In Seasons of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne, we return to the wonderful town of Haven Point. Veterinarian Dani Capelli has uprooted her girls and moved to sweet, friendly Haven Point to begin a new life. She longs for the wonder of Christmas and the warmth of family and friends but her past won't allow her to trust again. Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales feels an instant attraction to Dani and her adorable girls and longs to introduce them to the traditions and magic of his home town.
Dani Capelli has worked long and hard for her education and to overcome a tragic, lonely, sad childhood and marriage to get a chance at a new life in Haven Point. Life has taught her to trust no one and to never let anyone in her and her children's lives.
Ruben Morales has seen the best and worst in people but still believes in love, family, and the goodness of people. He longs to get close to the lovely Dani. He wants to show her daughters the importance of helping others and the glory of the Christmas season.
Dani and Ruben have a powerful attraction to one another and long to be together. Can Ruben's love and strength allow Dani and her daughters to believe in the kindness of Haven Point and the miracle of Christmas?
You will love Seasons of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne! I am always thrilled to return to Thayne's glorious towns and heartwarming romances. You will love the warmth and beauty of Haven Point and Thayne's complex and moving characters. I cannot wait for another visit to Haven Point!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christmas in haven point! What could be better when Dani and her children move here. Dani want a to give her children a Christmas to remember. She does, but it's also a wonderful Christmas for Dani!
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
First, I must call attention to the absolutely gorgeous cover of this book. From the raised sparkles and printing on the front of it to the classy deckled edges of the pages, this book is a pure delight. Then, when I opened it and found myself back in Haven Point for another of RaeAnne Thayne’s fantastic Christmas stories, it was like being with family and friends. Thayne is a master at capturing the essence of small-town living and populating her stories with realistic, caring, engaging characters. Ruben Morales and Dani Capelli are the main characters in Season of Wonder, and it was such fun to meet them and see their relationship grow and develop. I loved how caring Ruben was with Dani’s two girls and how he related to them so well. He was such a tender, loving hero. This book is part of an ongoing series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. It was fun to see characters from Thayne’s previous books in the series pop up in this story. This author is one of my favorites. Her books are well-written and easy to read and immerse myself in. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys small town romances. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.