A Perfect Christmas Romance
I only want to read holiday romances after reading Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne
Christmas has always been my favorite season, and nothing gives me more hope, fills my heart with more love, or makes me feel more peace than cuddling with a warm blanket and drinking hot chocolate while watching a holiday romance movie. There’s something about small towns, snowy mountains, Christmas trees, and serendipitous encounters that effectively soothe my often skeptical and tired soul. Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne did just that—it instantly lifted my spirits.
After the death of her sister-in-law, Annie decides to move back to her hometown to help her brother with his young twins and takes a job as the caretaker for the ranch her father used to own. Angel’s View Ranch now belongs to the Sheridan’s, with whom Annie and her family were close to growing up, but they haven’t been around for many years. A few days before Christmas, unexpectedly, Tate Sheridan walks in with the news that his whole family is on their way to spend Christmas at the ranch, which means Tate and Annie only have a few days to get the inhabited house Christmas ready.
Tate is a handsome, hardworking, and kindhearted millionaire. This man, honestly, doesn’t have a single flaw. Annie’s only flaw is not taking care of herself and fully devoting herself to helping others. The story borders on a damsel in distress trope, which I’m usually not a fan of, but I didn’t mind it because Tate also puts in the work.
RaeAnne Thayne gifted us not one BUT TWO love stories. What more can we ask for?
As Tate and Annie work together to ensure his family has a nice holiday retreat, sparks fly, but the Christmas miracles don’t stop there, and you will have to read the book to know the rest. Although I will give you a little bit of a spoiler, the chapters alternate between three different perspectives.
What I liked best about this story is that, while holiday movies are usually pretty superficial, this one has depth. Our main characters reconnect having had complex journeys and facing uncertain futures. There is a beautiful warmth to the way RaeAnne Thayne takes us through their grief, trauma, and healing.
Sleigh Bells Ring was my first holiday romance novel EVER. It never crossed my mind that if I love holiday movies, maybe I would love an extended book version even more. Now, I feel like I have discovered an unlimited source of pure, blissful happiness. Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne is pureness and perfection in 336 pages.
Darienne was 15 when her aunt gave her a copy of Princess by Jean Sasson, and she has been hooked on books ever since. Originally from Puerto Rico and now living in Maryland, she’s always looking to visit new coffee shops and bookstores. Her favorite genres include YA, spicy romcoms, and women’s fiction. Thanks to the Bees, she’s also now obsessed with fantasy romance series. (Shout outs to new faves, Sarah J. Maas & Jennifer L. Armentrout). Other loves include lavender lattes, sassy coffee mugs, sunrises, sleeping in, small-town charm, and big city lights. One day, she’ll write that book that lives in her head.