Release Date - October 26, 2021
Naima Simone's Christmas in Rose Bend was my introduction to Rose Bend. The charming town drew me in and made me wish I was there. It's a quintessential New England village filled with characters you want to become friends with.
Nessa Hunt takes a leave of absence from her work as an ER nurse. The only man she's ever known for a father is dead, and she's now the guardian to a pre-teen sister she's spent little time with. Ivy isn't happy to be with Nessa, and it's proving to be challenging from the start.
For Nessa, his death is equally bittersweet as her mother's death a short while back also left her reeling. She learned during her mom's death bed confession that the man she thought was her father isn't her father at all. Despite the internal and sibling conflicts, Nessa is going to do what her "dad" asked of her and take Ivy to a small town called Rose Bend for the holidays.
Upon arriving at the inn, Nessa is immediately enamored with the owners' son, Wolfgang. He's sexy and seems to be the perfect guy for her. However, the last thing Nessa needs is to get involved with another man. The last one in her life didn't leave her with warm, fuzzy feelings.
In many ways, Rose Bend reminded me a lot of Stowe, a village about 45 minutes from me. The scenery seemed pretty similar, and that made the setting familiar. I loved watching Nessa and Ivy find their way from the hurt they felt to a strong bond. I also loved the developing romance with Wolfgang. It's a charming holiday romance that warms the heart.