I was hooked on Sawdust and Mistletoe by Michelle Pennington from page one and couldn’t put it down. The main character, Ava has given up on Christmas. As an interior designer she decorates non-stop for months to make her clients’ homes perfect for the holidays, and she’s so sick of Christmas music she won’t even allow the radio on at her job sites.
Her new handyman, Hunter is determined to change her mind, and her heart. It’s not that Ava doesn’t want to date Hunter, she just doesn’t want to date a guy who won’t settle down. She’s naturally afraid to get her heart broken. But their chemistry is so strong they can’t stay away from each other.
Hunter finds ways to ‘work’ himself into her life, asking for her help decorating a dollhouse he’s building for his niece. The dollhouse becomes the smallest, but most important interior design project she’s ever done. It’s also a great distraction from the larger projects that seem to be falling apart around her. Nothing’s worse than watching your hard work destroyed before your eyes, except maybe falling in love with a guy who won’t commit.
It will take a Christmas miracle to pull it all together.
Michelle Pennington is one of my favorite authors. As one of her critique partners, I’ve had the chance to read her stories at various stages of completion. This one was so fun to watch her ‘build’. Pardon the puns, but come on. There’s sawdust and a hunky builder. What do you expect?
Michelle’s characters show heart and passion and determination and I just love them. I’ve been known to call myself President of the Michelle Pennington Fan Club (that’s a thing… right?).
I loved Sawdust and Mistletoe, and highly recommend it.
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