I really loved reading When Sparks Fly by Annie McDonald. This is the second novel I’ve read by this author. I enjoyed the first one, but I liked this one even more.
I will confess that one reason I love this story as much as I do may be because it is so Canadian. It’s set in a town just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, an area known for its extremely long and frigidly cold winters. The descriptions of the cold, the snow, and the sudden changes of the weather from light flurries to dangerous blizzards in a matter of minutes are all true. Add in the references to Tim Horton’s coffee (especially at the hockey rink), the morning Timmies coffee run through the drive through, the pay it backwards in that line, kids playing hockey…there are just so many of these little tidbits that make me think of home in Canada.
This is a slow-burn, gentle romance between Dr. Dani Waveny, and iron sculptor and hockey coach Luca McAffery. Both are well developed characters and have obvious chemistry from their first meeting in the book. I think I fell a bit in love with Luca myself. The secondary characters are equally well developed. All of the characters fit well in their roles. The romance itself is slow and sweet, with a few misunderstandings along the way to add conflict.
This story really is delightful. I can’t wait for Ms. McDonald’s next Canadian romance novel. If you are into tender, slow-burn love stories with a definite Canadian feel, then check out this story.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.