The Santa Run is a fun choice to help you get into the Christmas spirit! It has a great small town setting and characters who truly care for one another. It is technically book two in the series, yet can easily be read as a stand alone novel.
Bennett Olsen is a complex character with some deep losses in his past. He ends up blending in beautifully with the people of Pine Valley, and is especially drawn to Eliza Lee.
Eliza Lee has her own hurts from the past year and is dealing with her grief in the only way she knows how. She is trying to keep her grandfather’s legacy alive by organizing the Santa Run and helping those less fortunate in the community.
The romantic draw between Eliza Lee and Bennett is sweet, but some secrets that Bennett is harboring cause a few complications as the story develops. I found that the Christmas small-town ambiance was the perfect setting for this story of healing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tradition Isn’t the Only Thing on the Line This Christmas
As Christmas rounds the bend, Eliza Lee Elliott struggles with her grandfather’s death. Though her faith has carried her through the grief, working at the Appalachian Express has kept her sane, especially her new task of coordinating The Santa Run. Pine Valley’s oldest tradition not only serves the community, the run gives her purpose. Bennett Olsen is tired of city life. Something’s got to give, and when McCoy Railway purchases the Appalachian Express, it gives in a big way. Supervising the Kentucky acquisition is his chance to slow down and win back the attention of his boss–and father–with a job well done.
When an accident threatens the Santa Run, Eliza and Bennett are pushed together at every turn, making their growing attraction impossible to ignore. As time ticks down to the event, tradition isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Hearts are on the line, with or without a train on the tracks.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky, Beth Pugh learned early on that nothing compares to a home cooked meal, front porch sitting, and Sunday morning church services. Through a random ICQ chat, she met her husband and they’ve been embracing those family traditions for years. Now, she hopes to share those same traditions with her son and her readers. She has seen God turn her greatest grief into indescribable joy and tells everyone she meets about the goodness of the Father—sometimes multiples times in one sitting if there’s coffee and donuts involved. She has been published by The Good Men Project, Scary Mommy, Sasee, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Lexington Herald-Leader, and On Parenting at The Washington Post. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her jamming out in the parent pick-up line, reading on the couch, or cheering for the Chicago Cubs just like her daddy taught her to do. Sometimes, her characters do those things, too.