Publication date: September 1st 2013
My rating: 5 stars
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Florand takes us to a snow-kissed Christmas cabin for this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, forgiveness—and hope. After the utter destruction of her marriage and her happiness, Kai knew it was better to shut herself away from the world than to hurt and be hurt. Holed up in her mountain cabin, she planned to spend her Christmas alone. Until her not-quite-ex-husband shows up as the first flakes start to fall. Now should she send him back out into the cold? Or can she be brave enough to let this winter snow bind them back together?
(A novella of 34,000 words. Approx. 130 pages.)
Laura Florand continues to astound me with her utterly gorgeous writing. Snow-Kissed was perfection!
To be honest I was a little scared to read Snow-Kissed when I found out it was about a marriage in crisis. I don’t like to be bogged down by depressing stories and what could be more depressing than a rocky marriage? Well I had nothing to worry about because this story was uplifting, and one of the best second chance romances I’ve ever read.
Kai and Kurt haven’t laid eyes on each other for a year and a half. After suffering through three miscarriages Kai was devastated and broken, angry and hurt, and she took all of it out on Kurt. She left and retreated to his mother’s mountain cabin shutting herself off from everyone. After the haze of heartbreak over the miscarriages faded a little, Kai realizes she destroyed the best thing in her life, her marriage. Or so she thinks.
When Kurt shows up at the cabin, emotions Kai thought she had a handle on break wide open: love, longing, sadness, and fear. Fear to hope and want the impossible: Kurt’s love and forgiveness, because in Kai’s mind she deserves neither.
I could relate to both Kurt and Kai, but I think Kurt captured my heart just a little more. He was so hurt by Kai, and also by the miscarriages, yet he never gave up.
“Kai. What did you think it meant, when I said I loved you? That love was just this bright, happy thing?”
She hesitated and shrugged a little, opening her hands. Kind of, yes. Wasn’t that what it was? Brightness and happiness? Or at least what it was supposed to be?
His hand curved around her face. “So did I, maybe,” he said quietly. “But when it wasn’t so bright or happy—that didn’t mean I wanted to let it go.”
This story brought out a range of emotions in just a short amount of pages. It realistically captured the struggles of a marriage, and it was heartbreaking the pain these two went through. Some parts brought tears to my eyes. But Kai and Kurt’s are at a point where they are ready to work at repairing the damage, and that filled my heart with joy.
After being apart for a year and a half, they can’t keep their hands of each other. As with all of Laura Florand’s stories, Snow-Kissed was sensual and sizzling! All the pent up longing and hurt felt by both Kai and Kurt bubbles up and made for some intensely passionate scenes.
This was a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and healing all in mere 123 pages. Every page was so entirely lovely!
Check out Laura's pick for Kurt on her Facebook page. Perfect!
I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series, Sun-Kissed! It centers on Kurt’s mom, Anne, a woman who reminds me of Martha Stewart, and Mack Corey a character from Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series.
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