Monday, December 23, 2013

|Review| Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

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Title: Snow-Kissed
Published September 1st, 2013 (self-pub)
Genre: contemporary romance
Rating: B
Goodreads summary:
Florand takes us to a snow-kissed Christmas cabin for this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, forgiveness—and hope. After the utter destruction of her marriage and her happiness, Kai knew it was better to shut herself away from the world than to hurt and be hurt. Holed up in her mountain cabin, she planned to spend her Christmas alone. Until her not-quite-ex-husband shows up as the first flakes start to fall. Now should she send him back out into the cold? Or can she be brave enough to let this winter snow bind them back together?

(A novella of 34,000 words. Approx. 130 pages.)

Laura Florand has two published series but she ventured to the self-pub realm to publish this holiday novella about a marriage in trouble. So in my review of A Christmas Promise, we learned that I:
1) love the arranged marriages trope
2) I love the hate to love trope
3) I love Hardy Cates
And here is a new one:
4) I love marriage in trouble stories
Marriage in trouble stories have the capacity to be so romantic and so moving and beautiful but unfortunately, it's not a popular trope (but shout out to Making it Last by Ruthie Knox for being an excellent marriage in trouble novella that I highly recommend). So I'm always happy to find a good marriage in trouble story and Snow-Kissed certainly was excellent.

Snow-Kissed was everything I expect from a marriage in trouble story: emotional, moving, beautiful, and heartbreaking in a bittersweet way but ultimately happy and satisfying. I'm really glad Florand published this novella because it is beyond good. There is just something so unbelievably sweet about seeing a couple fall in love again and that is the case with Kai and Kurt. Also, Florand's writing is just so, so, so beautiful. She has a way with words. So not only is the story beautiful, but so is the writing.

Snow-Kissed works as novella, for anyone who has doubts. We get a glimpse of how Kai and Kurt fell in love and what tore them apart but the novella is spent on a snowy white mountain with the couple patching up their marriage. I will say though, I suffered from major deception when my Kindle told me that I had 10% left but I finished the book and the last 10% were all excerpts. I definitely thing the novella could have used another chapter to make the resolution less abrupt.

This novella is set during Christmas time and this is a vital time for Kai and Kurt. The year before, they spent Christmas separated and miserable so this time, Kurt wants to make sure he is with his wife so he doesn't get sucked by depression on such a special day.

An excellent romance, an excellent holiday read and a short quick read at 99cents, this is not a read romance fans would want to pass up!

Rating: [B] The writing is simply beautiful. I need an extra chapter but otherwise, a terrific read.

The snow fell over the black granite counter in a soft hush of white.

She worked so hard to be done with tears like this. And yet their onslaught was almost comforting. Oh, there you are. I've missed you. I guess we;re not done with each other after all.

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