BOOK REVIEW: Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne (Light Romance)

Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a review of the newest book in the Haven Point series, Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne!

I was graciously contacted by the team at Little Bird Publicity and a copy of this book was sent to me for free in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review.  All thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own.


Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  September 2017


Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she’s been living. She’s made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn’t one of them. Julia’s looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker’s latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia’s care for the holidays, she’ll take any help she can get—even Jamie’s. 

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that’s much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can’t last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever.


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words.  Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on:  cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.  Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.

RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and you can connect with her on:



This was my second visit to Haven Point and I absolutely loved it! While each book is capable of standing on its own, I’m slowly collecting the previous five novels so that I can go back to the beginning and become truly acquainted with this idyllic community. While there are some similarities between this book and the previous one, Serenity Harbor, that seem to create a formula for these types of stories and series, I didn’t mind at all and couldn’t wait to pick up where I left off. 
This installment follows Julia, the town librarian, and Jaime, a pilot for Caine Tech. This is again another slow burn romance between two very different individuals who ultimately bring out the best in one another. Both have very strong assumptions about the other based on some extreme generalizations, but in getting to know each other, their friendship builds towards an incredibly adorable romance that was so enjoyable to read. Their attraction to one another is only enhanced as they care for two little boys going through a very troubling situation with their mother who suffers from PTSD. Clint and Davey are incredibly sweet boys, and even in the face of such adversity, they bring an endearing and inspiring quality to this already heartwarming story. 
I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave these cozy light romances a chance. This story is filled with so much Christmas magic and hope that it will be a perfect choice to curl up with to greet the holiday season. Additionally, Thayne’s writing style is so graceful that these stories begin to feel like you’re coming home. As a veteran and someone who also struggles with anxiety and PTSD, I could empathize and identify with so much of what these characters were going through. I love her ability to take what could have been an otherwise cliche romance and craft it into a story featuring inspiring characters that are making a difference in the world around them. 
This was definitely a holiday hit that I will return to and I hope you’ll get it a read as well!
Many thanks again to Little Bird Publicity and RaeAnne Thayne!  It was a pleasure providing a review!

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