Cover Love + Release Day for RaeAnne Thayne

Review copies of this book became available in April, and even though it was Far Too Early for Christmas reading, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover.

RaeAnne Thayne’s Season of Wonder is out now.

Season of Wonder (2018) (The ninth book in the Haven Point series) A novel by RaeAnne Thayne

Haven Point, Idaho, was the last place veterinarian Daniella Capelli thought she’d wind up. But when the Queens, New York, native was offered a job by the about-to-retire town vet, she jumped at the chance. After all, she has two young girls to raise and–thanks to her ex- (and late) husband–a boatload of student loans she has little chance of repaying. So, just in time for Christmas, they pack up their lives and head to Haven Point. Dani and her girls love everything about the new town–if only Ruben Morales, the town sheriff, and her boss’s son, weren’t so helpful and so unsettlingly good looking. Ruben has a habit of being around just when Dani needs him. He’s great at drawing out her daughters too–moody Silver and cautious, quiet Mia. But Dani knows not to get too close to the handsome lawman–because really, what could a woman bounced out of eight inner-city foster homes have in common with a straight-arrow small-town family man? Still, Ruben has Dani believing in the magic of the season–and that the stars in their eyes could maybe last a lifetime….

RaeAnne Thayne for Christmas

I feature RaeAnne Thayne’s books quite a bit, especially around Christmas. This is because she consistently produces good quality Christmas romances that are not only well-written, but also believable. I think most of us appreciate a Christmas book that doesn’t leave you with a sugar overdose, but at the same time we love books that put you in the mood for the season.

I think Thayne is one of the best at it.

A Cold Creek Christmas Story by Raeanne ThayneA Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne ThayneThe Christmas Ranch by Raeanne ThayneChristmas in Cold Creek by RaeAnne Thayne

Christmas Reads: A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne

A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne

Reviewed HERE

A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne


Caidy Bowman had been the apple of her family’s eye—until a devastating tragedy forced her to hide from the world. She was used to devoting her time to the animals on her family’s ranch. Then widower Ben Caldwell and his two adorable children arrived in Pine Gulch, and suddenly, Caidy wanted more than a life in the shadows…

As the town’s new vet, Ben needed a place to stay for the holidays—and for his family to heal from their own loss. He absolutely wasn’t looking for love again! But Caidy Bowman’s sparkling green eyes and sweet smile touched Ben’s broken heart, giving him hope for a new future. Their future—if he could convince the beautiful cowgirl that Christmas was a time for new beginnings…

Christmas Reads: Christmas in Cold Creek by RaeAnne Thayne

Christmas in Cold Creek by RaeAnne Thayne

Reviewed HERE

Christmas in Cold Creek by RaeAnne Thayne

She claimed to be a waitress and a single mother, but Rebecca Parsons doesn’t look like any hash-slinger Pine Gulch Police Chief Trace Bowman has ever seen. And she doesn’t seem particularly maternal toward her little girl, either. Still, one look in her vulnerable green eyes and his protective instincts go into overdrive. Attention from local law enforcement is the last thing Becca needs. She’ll do anything to protect her little sister Gabi from their con-artist mother, even lie about their identities. When Trace shows up at their house carrying a Christmas tree and stirring desires she can’t afford to indulge, she longs to surrender to the magic of the season with him. But Becca’s past is catching up–”fast.” Can her sexy police chief perform a Christmas miracle?

Christmas Reads: A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise by RaeAnne Thayne

A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise by RaeAnne Thayne

Reviewed HERE

A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise by RaeAnne Thayne

USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings readers back to the ranch for an emotional holiday visit with The Cowboys of Cold Creek

Hardened rancher Ridge Bowman has long told himself he has no need for love—just work and his little girl are enough to get him through. But when his “cleaning lady,” Sarah Whitmore, gets injured on his staircase, well, of course he has to invite her to spend the holidays with him. It’s only the responsible thing to do.

Only, Sarah isn’t really there to work on his house. She came bearing precious artwork belonging to Ridge’s late mother, and possibly a secret that could devastate them both. But as Christmas draws closer, so does Ridge—and Sarah convinces herself that she will tell him what she knows as soon as the holiday is over. She might be the key to his past—if only he could be a part of her future…

The Week: 27th October – 2nd November

Sunset Canberra Australia Halloween 31st October 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Our gorgeous Canberra Halloween sunset.

When I started typing this, I was going to say: Nothing particularly out of the ordinary happened this week. And then Russian hackers made an appearance in my life again. GRRR!!!!

The weather has been insane. Hot, hot, hot, then windy, windy, windy! Friday was the anniversary of my father’s father’s death, and Saturday was the anniversary of my mother’s father’s death. A trip to the cemetery in Queanbeyan was so windy all our lovely lilies blew over multiple times, and my grandmother was nearly blown away!

 Halloween Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 2014

Nobody turned up for Halloween, so I’ve been eating a lot of lollies myself! I’m jealous of my aunt who had dozens of people come by! Some miserable joy-killing Australians are still harping on about, ‘We don’t do that American garbage!’ to which I say: what’s wrong with celebrating so-called “American” things when we celebrate everyone else’s things? I also say: Halloween IS NOT American! And I also say: why do you celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, then??!!

Ronda Spain September 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Our rooftop in Ronda, Spain.

Still only one of ten postcards I sent (from three or four different cities) from Spain has arrived, after more than a month, and even that one came really late because the Spanish postal service sent it to MALTA instead of Australia! And Spain has more post offices than anywhere I’ve ever been. I love you to death, Spain, but what the hell?? I ordered something from Latvia and it arrived in only a week!

I should have read more this week. I should have typed more this week. It wasn’t a complete waste of a week, but I’m feeling a little unproductive…

My thoughts on Outlander 1×08

Outlander 1x08 Claire and Jamie after the attack Sonya Heaney

My review of Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

My review of The Healer by Allison Butler

The Healer by Allison Butler

My review of Juliet by Anne Fortier

Juliet by Anne Fortier

My review of Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs

Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs

My review of The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr

The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr

Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne welcomes you to Haven Point, a small town full of big surprises that are both merry and bright.

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she’s not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.

Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

Does RaeAnne Thayne even write non-Christmas books?! I swear, I’ve read a bunch of her books, but I only seem to read wintry books in the lead-up to Christmas!

I enjoy this author’s work. These are cosy little stories with a small town Americana feel to them, but she always seems to come up with new and interesting characters to slot into the theme, and the stories are always more original than most using the same tropes.

At first, I thought this was a book I’d read before, as it began with an inn burning down, but it quickly moved into different territory. I liked all the characters. They had plenty of big problems heaped on them, but I didn’t think it was overkill most of the time.

There are quite a lot of secondary characters mentioned. Past characters who’ve had happy endings in other books. I remembered some of them, but I didn’t concern myself too much with remembering all of them and just enjoyed the main story. I really liked both (three if you count the daughter) main characters.

One thing though: why do book heroes and heroines always refuse to take painkillers when they desperately need them (like after being hit by a huge American-style car)?! I guess authors think it makes them better somehow…

This is the kind of snowy, wintry book a lot of people like to read at Christmas (even if – like me – it’s summer at Christmastime where you live). Thayne is one of the best authors writing this style of book.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

The Week: 23rd – 29th June

 Ice Skating in Canberra Australia 21st June 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

The outdoor ice rink in Canberra last weekend.


I actually watched a lot of television episodes this week, and didn’t read as much. I watched one and a half seasons of The Borgias, which I was avoiding for years because of the pathetic levels of historical accuracy and serious miscasting in the other show it is compared to: The Tudors.

There’s definitely too much sex in The Borgias, but it’s a gorgeous production with a great cast, and I’m really enjoying it. Historical liberties and everything… I could do without all the negativity directed towards France, however. But I’m not letting it ruin a hugely entertaining show.


Ukraine signed the trade deal with the European Union on Friday. This is especially significant because the Russian-oriented former president refused to do it, which is was caused the protests and resulted in Russia’s invasion and war.

What a waste, all for something that could have been signed last year, sparing Ukraine all of this death.

My review of Blind Fury by Gwen Hernandez

Blind Fury (Men of Steele, Book 1) by Gwen Hernandez

My review of The Promise by Robyn Carr

The Promise by Robyn Carr

My review of Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

My review of Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

My review of Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

My review of Last Rake Standing by Jayne Fresina

Last Rake Standing by Jayne Fresina

Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

 Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…

And it’s likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan’s late wife, Jessie—and Lucy’s best friend—who’d brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie’s passing, Brendan’s been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he’ll steer clear of her. She’s always been trouble with a capital T.

Lucy couldn’t wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she’s back in Hope’s Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she’d managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smouldering…

Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne writes really good small town romances. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by her, and Wild Iris Ridge was no exception.

One thing to note: this is the seventh book in a series. I haven’t read the other books, and there were definitely characters other readers will be more familiar with. It didn’t ruin my reading, but I think you’d get more out of the book if you read in order!

I liked the setup for the relationship in this one. Hero and heroine shared a kiss years earlier, and while Lucy thought it was the beginning of something more, a few weeks later she discovered Brendan had not only started seeing someone else, but that the someone else was her cousin and best friend.

Now the other woman is dead and there’s a lot of animosity between Lucy and Brendan. They have things to explain and to work through.

I liked that Brendan was the family man. It can become a bit tiring always reading about commitment-phobic men!

I like the way Thayne captures the small town atmosphere, the way she writes her characters (they don’t act too old-fashioned to be believable, like many in this genre tend to be). I like the situations she comes up with to put her characters in. She’s basically just an extremely consistent writer.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

The Week: 9th – 15th December

Queanbeyan Canberra Australia Border 13th December 2012 Sonya Heaney

Summer skies around Canberra

Strange week. Very summery! Temperatures are going to be around 36°C (96.8ºF) in the coming week.

I read books by two of my very top beloved authors this week: Lisa Kleypas and Cindy Gerard. I’ll try and fit the reviews in before Christmas.

My Ukrainian grandmother turned ninety-one on Friday, an event celebrated at the pub with champagne! We’re also having dinner tonight.

I’ve started a history blog, with a focus on Europe in the 19th century (but there will be lots of other stuff!). It’s new and doesn’t have much there yet, but I’d love it of you checked it out!


My post on my Canberra and travel blog about the situation in Ukraine


My review of A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise by RaeAnne Thayne

A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise by RaeAnne Thayne

My review of Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

My review of The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex