Book Review: Christmas in Rose Bend by Naima Simone #ChristmasinRoseBend @Naima_Simone @MillsandBoon


Can the festive magic heal a broken heart?

When Nessa Hunt arrives in Rose Bend she is looking for answers, and her absent father. Not a picture perfect town teeming with Christmas cheer, or the innkeeper’s ruggedly sexy son, Wolfgang Dennison.

The heat between her and Wolf is undeniable and the festive merriment of the town is almost enough to make Nessa believe in the Christmas spirit. But with all lingering questions about her birth father, is there room in Nessa’s life for happy holidays and happily-ever-after?

My Review

Nessa is an ER nurse who arrives in Rose Bend with her 12 year old sister Ivy. Nessa’s mother died 8 months ago and 6 months prior to coming to Rose Bend her step father Isaac died leaving Ivy in Nessa’s care. It was Isaac’s wish that Nessa and Ivy spend Christmas together in Rose Bend but there is also another reason, Nessa’s birth father was also from there. Will Nessa find the answers she is looking for? Can Nessa and Ivy bond and become sisters?

I was first introduced to Rose Bend when I read The Road to Rose Bend which is the first book in this series. From the outset I adored the description of the place as it sounded like such a warm and enchanting place. So I couldn’t wait to return again at Christmas. I really enjoyed the storyline. It’s not just a Christmas romance novel but so much more than that as the story has many layers. Nessa is trying to find out more about her birth father and in turn finds out more about her mother. At the same time she is trying to form a bond with Ivy because this is the only family she has left. Plus there’s a dash of romance in the form of Wolf. The first meeting between Wolf and Nessa was so sweet as she quite literally bumps into him when she first arrives at Kinsale Inn. Wolf is like a big, sweet, gentle bear and I definitely got big Jason Momoa vibes from him. Nessa and Wolf are very similar in that they are both trying to mend their broken hearts and are scared to open up to each other.

The first page made me giggle especially because Nessa doesn’t like Christmas but the more time she spends in Rose Bend with its residents, Christmas cheer and the feeling of belonging start to change her mind. I liked seeing characters from the first book featured in this book, in particular Sydney and Cole. It was good to see where they are now.

Although this book is part of the Rose Bend series it can be read as a standalone. If you like Christmas books which includes families, relationships and romance this is the book to add to your list.

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Nora Roberts years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Published since 2009, she spends her days writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. 

She is wife to Superman–or his non-Kryptonian equivalent–and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern US.

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