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Synopsis: "Noah Elliott used to be a beloved member of the Starlight Bend community, until a tragedy turns to an ultimate betrayal and he is driven into solitude. His face horribly scarred, he retreats to his mountain top mansion--until a stubborn social worker is brave enough to face the beast, and ask for a special Christmas wish to help a sick child. When Noah agrees to help, he never considers he might fall for the spitfire, do-gooder. But when she offers love as the solution, will he be able to let go of the past?
Josephine Whitman has one shot at making a holiday wish come true--and it all hinges on Noah Elliott. She gets him to agree to host a Winter Carnival, and finds herself intrigued by the gruff, fascinating man hiding a bruised heart. But will her love be enough for him to take a chance on a brand new future?"
My Review: I have not been following the Starlight Bend series and this is a novella in this series but I am a sucker for all things Grinch this time of year so I thought I would give it a try. Even having not read the rest of the books, it was easy to settle into the setting and the characters. I did find Noah to be a little immature with how he handled the situation that lead to him being the Grinch and continued to be rather whiny and petty about it. Luckily, you can't help but fall in love with Joey and even Charles, the butler. The story does progress quickly as is typical for a novella but I really didn't mind as I prefer shorter holiday stories that can give me all the feels but still fit into my busy schedule.
My Rating: I rather enjoyed this one, and while it is inspired by the Grinch, it also seems to have some Beauty and the Beast elements as well, so it was a total fit for me. I really enjoyed it and give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!