The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda: Lily Edmonds didn’t know much about happiness. It seemed every time it looked like something was going right in her life it got sidetracked and went very, very wrong. Everything except her best friend and the Putnams, her family. So when the latest disaster happened, her fiancé breaking off their engagement right before Christmas, it’s not that she is surprised so much as in denial. However her best friend won’t allow that for too long and off they go to Indigo Island for what could be the best of the worst Christmas ever.
Cole Stanton was determined to start again. He hadn’t realized it wasn’t going to be easy though. Feeling responsible for the downfall of a family was a heady thing and it seemed like every time he tried to make up for it he something else went wrong. Now at Christmas time he had to figure out what was going to salvage the holiday and the new business he was running. Would he be able to? Or was it another disaster in the making?
When Cole and Lily first meet at the General Store they know something has happened between them, they just don’t know what it is or if it will last. Christmas is the time for happiness and special things might just happen when you least expect them. Will Lily be able to see that her past might just be preparing her for her future? At Christmas anything can happen.
The Trouble with Christmas is and interesting love story that is part of the Indigo Island series but can certainly be read as a stand alone. The plot has a great base and the characters are relatable. The story moves quickly and the romance is mixed with business needs.
The Trouble with Christmas is a story for those who can fill in the blanks with their own imaginations and are willing to take out what may be considered reality to most.
At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.
Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.
Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?