Book Review & Interview: Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point #5) by RaeAnne Thayne

Posted September 27, 2016 by Melissa in Author Interview, Book Review | 24 Comments

About Snowfall on Haven Point
Book Review & Interview: Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point #5) by RaeAnne ThayneTitle: Snowfall on Haven Point
Series: Haven Point #5
Also in Series: Redemption Bay, Evergreen Springs, Riverbend Road, Serenity Harbor, Sugar Pine Trail
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN Books
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Holiday, Romance
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

There's no place like Haven Point for the holidays, where the snow conspires to bring two wary hearts together for a Christmas to remember

It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.

Interview with RaeAnne Thayne

Q: We first met Andrea Montgomery in your last novel, RIVERBEND ROAD, after she relocated to Haven Point with her two young children. What made you want to explore her story in more detail in this book, and what makes her a great heroine?
A: I truly never intended to write Andie’s story when I introduced her in RIVERBEND ROAD. She provided a bit of a mystery for my police officer heroine of RIVERBEND to solve. But as I continued writing that book, I came to care deeply for Andie and her two children. She’s been through so many tough things that I felt a certain obligation to help her finally find peace in Haven Point and a happy ending of her own. I loved writing her story!

Q: We were so thrilled to see more of Andrea’s children, Chloe and Will, in this book. How fun was it to write about little kids, and what made you want to tell a story about a single mother?
A: I love writing about children, especially when it’s a book centered around the holidays. The festivities seem more magical when glimpsed through the eyes of children. They add humor and tenderness to a story, and the stakes seem higher when children with fragile spirits need to be protected at all costs, both physically and emotionally. I love these particular children, who have suffered great loss but still manage to show compassion to a gruff wounded police officer and begin to break through his tough exterior to the soft-hearted man inside.

Q: Andrea is a character who has suffered a great deal of loss and personal trauma, particularly since her police officer husband was killed in the line of duty. What are the challenges and rewards of incorporating heavier themes into a story about love and romance?
A: I tend to put my characters through some truly awful ordeals! I feel a bit guilty about that sometimes … but then I remind myself that strength of character doesn’t come to people who have never been tested by challenges. Life isn’t perfect, unfortunately, not for my characters and not for my readers. I try to show that even when people have suffered unimaginable heartache, the world doesn’t have to end. Life can still be filled with joy and beauty. When happiness is hard-earned, it tends to be more intense and more deeply appreciated, as my characters often discover.

Q: In addition to being a great romance, SNOWFALL ON HAVEN POINT is also a wonderful Christmas story. You are no stranger to holiday novels and have written several in the past—what’s your favorite thing about writing these kinds of books?
A: I truly love writing Christmas stories. It’s such a heartwarming time of year, filled with family and fun (and food!). It can be stressful and emotional, when feelings of grief and loss and inadequacy seem more intense, but it’s also a time of healing and second chances, when people often reach outside their comfort zones to help each other and try to make the world a little brighter—and often find they benefit most from those efforts. Those are the sorts of stories I love to tell, about people who have been through difficult times but who are learning to open their hearts to joy and hope again.

Q: We have to ask, what’s next for you? Are you planning more Haven Point novels? If so, can you give us some hints about what’s coming up?
A: Right now I’m working on Katrina Bailey’s book, which will be out next summer. She’s quickly turning into one of my favorite heroines ever! I’ve given her a sexy geek of a hero with a mysterious past, in the midst of an extremely challenging situation. I can already tell the two of them are absolutely perfect for each other! I’m still working out what I’ll write after Kat’s book, whether I’ll stay in Haven Point, return to Hope’s Crossing, or start something new. Readers have been asking me for Aidan Caine’s book (he’s the only unmarried Caine sibling from my Hope’s Crossing series), so I’m still trying to find the perfect match for that sexy helicopter pilot.

My Thoughts

RaeAnne Thayne never disappoints. There is just something about the way she writes small town romance that is like a big hug on a bad day or a warm throw and a cup of hot cocoa on a cold one.

Snowfall on Haven Point, the fifth in her Haven Point series, is no exception. In this book we get Andrea Montgomery’s love story…those who have read the series in order will remember her as she featured prominently in Wynonna’s story. However, these really can be read out of order and still be thoroughly enjoyed.

Andrea is a great character with a lot of depth due to her previous experiences. When called upon by a close friend (Wynonna) to help out with her brother who’s been laid up due to a broken leg…a smoldering fire begins. Of course both sides fight the attraction as one would expect…but we all know we’re going to get an HEA here and I’m not spoiling anything by saying so…

It’s the fun of the journey that makes this book. From getting to know Marshall, who presents with his own backstory and challenge, to holiday decorating with Andrea’s adorable kids, to the genuine warmth and Christmas spirit exuded by all in Haven Point…This edition in the Haven Point Series is a winner.

We also have the added bonus of a little mystery in the mix as well. Thayne does a great job of mixing in enough smaller storylines to make the world come alive and feel real without overwhelming the main storyline or leaving us feeling as if the book is too contrived.

Snowfall on Haven Point makes for the perfect holiday read.

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About RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne

I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 40 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

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24 responses to “Book Review & Interview: Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point #5) by RaeAnne Thayne

    • Melissa

      It’s a great series, Kim! RaeAnne is one of my new favorites…I always feel all warm and cozy when closing one of her books!

    • Melissa

      LOL…This was a bit early for me with the Christmas reads too…but I’m going to do a few Halloween reads soon!

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