Georgia Beers is an expert at writing romance stories that just melt your heart as you read them. I always have high expectations for Ms. Beers’ romance novels. Thankfully, One Walk in Winter met all of my expectations and more.
This is the story of Olivia Santini and Hayley Boyd Markham. Olivia has lived in Evergreen all her life and for several years has been the assistant manager of the Evergreen Resort and Spa. When the manager’s position opens up, Olivia is sure she will get the job. She has all the qualifications and the experience at the resort. Hayley is the youngest daughter of the owner of Markham Corporation which Evergreen is a part of. She is admittedly spoiled by her family and often thinks everyone views her as a “screw-up”. After an expensively embarrassing social situation, her father lays down the law. He sends her to Evergreen Resort as the new manager, even though she has no experience working in that position. There are also rules she must follow. She can’t tell anyone she is the daughter of the owner. She must use the name Boyd instead of Markham, and she must show her father she can make the resort profitable.
The two women have a chance meeting on an early morning woodland walk the day that Hayley is to begin her new job. There is an instant attraction between the two, but will that continue when they meet again later?
Ms. Beers uses that great writing rule which says, “Write what you know,” when she creates the setting for this book, and it shows in her writing. Her descriptions let the reader use their senses to be part of the setting. We smell the clean scent of the pine boughs. We feel the cold, crisp air in our lungs. We watch the glide of the falling snowflakes, and we even hear the snowflakes as they hit the snow covered ground. (They actually do sometimes make a puffing sound when they land, but you often can’t hear that unless you are in a very quiet place.) This setting and her description of it is perfect for this novel.
The characters are well developed and easy to like. It was nice to watch the two grow closer in spite of the circumstances surrounding their jobs. There is also just the right amount of angst for the story.
This is a beautiful romance; perfect for a snowy winter evening before the fire with a large cup of hot chocolate…with marshmallows of course. Seriously, it is a great read for any time or place.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.