Meet Mia Wilkinson. Mia Wilkinson doesn't feel very thankful right now, despite it being Thanksgiving. She's just found out her married boyfriend has no intention of leaving his wife. She heads north to her deceased grandmother's house in a small town in Vermont. But her plans for a solitary Christmas don't go as planned—especially when a gorgeous South African photographer shows up on her doorstep. And then there's Jake Groenewald... Jake's come to Hunters Grove to get over losing his best friend and colleague to the atrocities of war. The last thing he expects is to have his life turned upside down by Mia and her Rules of Cohabitation. And falling in love is definitely not on his agenda. Will a little snow help them along the way?
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Snowbound based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kim Golden’s Snowbound pulled me in despite myself. I didn’t like the protagonist at the start. Instead I shared her friend’s disapproval of her relationship with another woman’s husband. I felt frustrated too by detailed descriptions of furtive hook-ups in other people’s houses. But Mia is about to be betrayed, and it’s hard not to feel some kind of sympathy as she suddenly sees what everyone else knew so well. A long car trip, a few annoying phonecalls, and the lure of pleasant scenery takes the story from Thanksgiving’s betrayal into Christmas preparations in small-town Vermont. Suddenly the difference between big-city deception and small-town allure is clear. Reader and protagonist settle into a better place, and the presence of war-photographer Jake Groenewald, from South Africa, only adds to the allure. In a small town, there’s time to see beyond race and background, and to truly care. Mia moves out of her comfort zone, back into the comforts of home. Scenery and conversation sparkle, and sparks of a very pleasing romance start to fly. Occasional glitches in the first person present tense narration become less important as Mia and Jake tell their own tales against a backdrop of snow and memories. Meanwhile memories of Evan drive a wedge of unwanted ice between them. In the end, it’s almost sad to see this growing relationship reduced to physical union. But it’s pleasing to see torn hearts and relationships offered the chance of more. And the contrast of town and country in our souls is beautifully drawn in this fairly quick, romantic read. Disclosure: I won a free ecopy of this novella and enjoyed it over Christmas
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Mia has the tragic, although self-inflicted, story of a woman who thinks that the guy she loves will leave his wife for her. Like most dirty mistresses, she is left high and dry when the man chooses his wife over his mistress, and Mia is devastated. Following some grudging advice from her mom, she heads up to Vermont to the house her grandmother left her to get away from it all and spend some time finding out who Mia is. Only that is hard to do because Grandma never mentioned that she had a tenant staying in the guest house. A gorgeous male tenant who refuses to leave even when Mia gives him her most annoyed glare. Shenanigans ensue and Mia just might find the deep and true love she's been looking for in all the wrong places Mia was NOT someone you would initially like. She's sleeping with one of her friend's husbands, and is very cold and callous about it. Making fun of the girl while she goes down on the husband in the same house. Awful. Still...cheating happens a lot, and in the spirit of things, I went along and tried to have sympathy for Mia. She doesn't really start growing on you until later, when she stops being a mistress and starts living her own life. The format was cute, with most of the titles having "rules" that Mia gave to Jake to keep him away from her and just be a tenant. Of course, that doesn't really work out and thing get crazy, but it was a very cute stylization that I liked. I really enjoyed this book! While Mia isn't initially likable, she grows on you and the story is a really good one about redemption and making your life your own.