Here we are, back again, deeply immersed in Kimberly Ann’s Logan Creek Series. This third installment, Canadian Winter, is yet another small town piece of heaven that leaves you yearning for a quieter (Canadian) life.
In this installment, we follow Mandy, a widow and mother of two, and Zach, a local brewery owner. We’ve met them in the last two books (Canadian Summer and Canadian Fall), but only seen little glimpses. It’s been two years since her late husband passed, and dating has been the furthest thing from her mind — until she meets Zach, a dad-joke-making, heavily-tattooed baddy-on-the-outside with a heart of gold. He turns her world upside down and opens her up to a world of possibilities. Including a passionate future with someone who turns her insides to mush. Unfortunately, no love story is easy. Complications stand in the way in the shape of old hurts and traumas — and Zach’s obsession with growing his business leads him into making mistakes that could cost him everything.
If you haven’t read the first two books, this review may contain spoilers. So, please, read at your own risk!
Unlike the first two books, Mandy and Zach did not meet on that fated camping trip (though, Zach was there, as it turns out, cooking for everyone). The “formula” for Canadian Winter is a bit different — this is no second-chance romance. This is something new. Exciting. Terrifying.
Kimberly Ann masterfully crafts a love story not so unlike what we might experience in the real world. We get to watch Mandy reconcile the newness of her relationship with Zach with the love she still holds for her late husband. We get to see her heal and become comfortable in her own skin. We get to take a journey with Zach as he learns what it means to be selfless — to make his life about more than just himself and his blossoming business. We get to see him find a way to have it all, pursuing every passion.
Needless to say, I loved this book. It was a bit of a departure from the two books that came before, but I’m far from complaining! There was a raw realness to these characters that left me wanting for more. My only critique is that I wish we got to see more of their development from the beginning. A bit more flirting, a bit more exploration of how they fit together before talk of romance started. Though I’m greedy and when I like something, I always want more of it.
The book was an absolute page-turner. I cannot recommend the Logan Creek Series more to those who enjoy small-town contemporary romance.
Have you read the Logan Creek Series? I’d love to know your thoughts!
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