Type: Contemporary Romance Novella
My Copy: Sent
Welcome back to Hollow Bend, Kentucky, where love (and laughter) are just around the corner. When Andrew Bateman rolls into town in the midst of a snow storm, his first thought is that the place is hardly big enough for a dog crate, let alone the vet practice he’s looking for. Next thing he knows, his life is flashing in front of him—a depressingly short flash—as he skids right into the side of the local bar.
Things start looking up when the vision he wakes to is not the Angel of Death, but a doctor. Well, actually a vet. Make that a vet tech, wearing red mittens. Who invites him home, where every inch is covered in holiday sparkles, cookies to be decorated, and an odd assortment of stray dogs, cats and puppies…
This time of year I really enjoy reading small town Christmas stories, they are so festive and the people are happy and having fun. This short novella is no exception as we visit Hollow Bend, Kentucky where the town is only too happy to accommodate a stranger with car trouble and no place to stay.
Andrew Bateman is working for his cousin as a sales rep for a veterinary supply company. Not only is he lousy at his job but he hates it. To make matters worse, it starts to snow while driving through town and when he brakes a little too fast he ends up crashing into the local tavern.
Billie and her friend Katie are just about to walk into the bar when a vehicle crashes into it, being a veterinary tech, she runs to see if she can help the driver. Andrew looks up and calls her his Angel of Death as he is not sure if he is alive or dead, then passes out. He is not really hurt but they let him spend the night in the hospital because he has no place to stay and in the morning he gets a car to use – small town America at its finest.
He makes a sales call to the local veterinarian in the morning and finds his angel. Billie lets him stay at her place where she shows him the joy of Christmas through her family and friends, making him realize what he has been missing and what he does not want to live without.
Kentucky Christmas is a short novella that takes off where Kentucky Home (the author’s debut novel) ends. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the small town and the people that live there. Billie, the veterinary tech is very quirky and engaging; she likes to have fun in life but tries to tone it down a bit because she does not want to be like her mother. Billie is best friends with her father and I love their relationship, a true partnership in their business and small family that includes a menagerie of animals. The town is generous to a fault, Andrew is from New York and is not used to being treated so nice, they give him a car to drive, a place to stay and treat him like one of the family. I like Andrew, he is interesting but oh so negative, in the beginning he hates his job, his family and his current life, I like that Billie is able to help him see things differently, and it is good to see him grow. The two together are believable but fell for each other very fast, but that is to be expected in such a short story.
The story is sweet and full of holiday spirit and laughter, as Billie and Andrew enjoy her friends and family. I like this series and look forward to spending more time is this entertaining Kentucky town.
I give Kentucky Christmas by Sarah Title 3.75 stars!