This was a wonderfully heartwarming Christmas story that made me hope the author will include these characters in a future work. Dani came to Haven Point to start a new life for her and her girls. Silvia (Silver) is a teenager and Mia is six. Life hasn't been easy for Dani. When her mother died she was placed in foster care, got pregnant at seventeen, married the baby's father only to have him lead a life of crime and end up in prison. After divorcing him, Dani eventually decides to move across the country to prevent her girls from having to deal with the stigma of their father's bad choices. Thanks to the local veterinarian retiring, circumstances make it possible for Dani to take over his practice. Frank Morales knew about Dani's past but also knew Dani wasn't responsible for her husband's mistakes. He was thrilled to offer her an internship and then eventually leave the practice in her capable hands. Frank's son Ruben was a different story.
Ruben, a sheriff's deputy, can't figure out his new neighbor. One minute she's as nice as can be, the next she's prickly as a porcupine. He wants to get to know her better. He's crazy about her kids. So how does he get past the walls she's built to keep everyone out? Fate lends a hand when Silver gets caught vandalizing Ruben's boat and a teacher's garage. He and Dani work out a plan so Silver can clean up her mess and keep from getting sent to juvie. Ruben knows there were other kids involved in spite of Silver's insistence she acted alone. He understands her wanting to fit into the community but wants her to realize there's a better way than getting into mischief.
As Dani and Ruben spend time together their attraction grows but Dani's afraid Ruben will find out about her past and won't want anything to do with her. She can't afford to let the girls get close to him when they'll end up getting their hearts broken when Ruben learns the truth. This was just an all around good story. I loved the characters. Dani, with all her insecurities, needed someone strong and decisive in her life. Ruben was perfect for her. He was kind and understanding but also a take charge kind of person who got things done. The author did a great job bringing them together. The story left me wanting to see more of this family in the future. Oh, and it didn't hurt it was set at Christmas time. Reply