ARC Review: Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas by Sarah Robinson

When sparks start flying, these total opposites discover Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.

To raise enough money to start her own business, Nola Bennett needs to sell “The Castle,” her beloved grandmother’s historic house, and get back home to the city. But Heart Lake’s most eligible bachelor is insisting she hang on to the property. He may be one of the hottest, grumpiest men she’s ever seen, but Nola has no time to pine over her high school crush.

All woodworker Tanner Dean wants for Christmas is some peace and quiet, but that’s not going to happen with infuriating, irresistible Nola Bennett back in town. How can he persuade her to keep The Castle out of the hands of greedy developers when sizzling attraction flares every time they’re together? And the more time he spends with Nola, the harder it becomes to picture a future without her—unless he can convince her, once and for all, that Heart Lake is exactly where she belongs.
Well, it's that time of year again. The time when I start reading holiday ARC's. I'm starting off the season with Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas. Sarah Robinson is a new author for me so I was very excited to find a new author who likes to write small-town romance. 

There are many things that I enjoyed about this story. I like her friends and found them to be funny and very loyal. I kinda feel like they are better friends to Nola than she is to them. Sometimes you have to remember where you came from. I will say she is a great godmother. 

I think you'll like Nola but get tired of her single-minded thought of selling her grandmother's home and getting back to Chicago. Okay, that might have been only me but I at times wanted her to stop with it. I understood her feelings but felt that point was bigger than the romance. 

I love Tanner. He's such a great son, brother, and uncle. You won't be able to not love him. He works hard and has put everyone first before himself. He's even put off his own dreams to make his father happy. 

In a way, these two are very good for each other. Nola needs someone to help her learn that being the biggest isn't everything. Sometimes it's about doing good work. And Nola helps Tanner learn to reach for his dreams and push himself. 

As a whole, this is a sweet story but very low on the romance part. I personally would have liked more romance. I understand that they know each other already so you don't have that part but at times I didn't even feel any heart between them. I needed more. The funny part is that I pretty much loved the characters so that's what made me keep reading. I feel that's very important in the books I read. I can overlook some things, not liking the characters isn't one. 

Since I did like them so much I will be reading the next book. I want to know what and who Nola's friends will get with. Have any of you read her? Thoughts?


  1. I want more romance in this type of book too.

    1. Yes, I needed to at least feel like they are working up to a relationship.


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