Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele firsthand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.
After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.
Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick's dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick's past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.
Author - Cynthia Gail
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Posted by Donna McBroom-Theriot on 27th Jan 2013
I enjoyed Winter's Magic. It had a charming love story with a few conflicts thrown in. Personally, I felt the conflicts were not very complex and were solved a little too quickly, but overall the characters were well-developed and likable.
I thought the book had a wonderful beginning that began with what else other than comparing the chocolate of choice to sex. It seems a lot of authors are beginning to weave chocolate into their stories, almost at an alarming rate. That being said, and also being a confessed chocoholic, I never tire of the chocolate references and enjoyed the first page of Chapter 1, especially since you meet the two leading characters at this time.
"Beth took a bite of the Caramello and closed her eyes, slowly savoring every ounce of dreamy satisfaction as the creamy milk chocolate blended with the gooey caramel center. "Mmm. Whoever invented the Caramello deserves a humanitarian award. I swear this is better than sex."
I found the author's description of the shallow rich girl quite entertaining.
"He found out Lauren's definition of personal achievement means her nail polish matches her designer handbag."
I thought the author had a real talent for describing the wintry scenes in the story. Being familiar with Nashville and its surrounding area, I felt part of the story as they drove along the snowy roads and took the horses into the mountains. I also felt as though I were sitting at the dining table looking out over the river watching the snow fall. It is not every author who can successfully put the reader into the book and I felt Cynthia Gail did an admirable job of this.
Although not part of the book, I enjoyed the words that the author chose to share with her audience and thought you might enjoy hearing them as well:
I believe in love at first sight. I believe there are people who from the moment they meet, have an instant, electric connection, and know they've found their soul mate.
And then there are others who take longer to realize that the person God has picked out for them is right in front of their eyes. They could be best friends or just an acquaintance, but one day the blinders come off and they realize This is the One.
...So, no matter how you meet your soul mate, whether sparks fly instantly, build over time, or smack you in the face one morning when you least expect it, LOVE is the greatest part of life's journey.
Work hard for it. Treasure it. And thank God for it every day.
Posted by Kathleen Anderson - Jersey Girl Book Reviews on 7th Jan 2013
For twenty-nine year old Beth Sergeant, growing up in a middle class Nashville family and attending a wealthy private school, had left her feeling like she never really knew where she truly fit in. And now with the success of her new five star salon and spa, La Bella Vita, she still doesn't feel like she fits in with Nashville's elite crowd. Beth's track record with men has been dismal. She has only had three serious relationships in the past ten years, each one had left her even more insecure and distrustful of men. She vows to never give anyone the opportunity to judge her worth or make her feel like she didn't measure up. Never again. Plus a closely held secret makes her think that she wouldn't be enough for any man to want to marry her.
Thirty-four year old building firm owner Nick Chester was born into the wealthiest family in Nashville. Every woman he has dated over the years has wanted something from him: status, money, influence ... but never just him.
When Nick enters Beth's salon and spa, a spark of attraction is ignited between them ... but is it enough to blossom into some passionate Winter's Magic when a scheming ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend, Nick's past and Beth's secret threaten their fledgling relationship? Or will the magical time of the season bring them everlasting love?
Winter's Magic is a feel good romance story about love at first sight and believing that true love really does conquer all. In her debut novel, author Cynthia Gail weaves a sensuous and passionate tale of romance between a man and woman during the magical Christmas season. Written in the third person narrative and set in the heart of Music City, the reader is transported to scenic Nashville to follow Beth and Nick's story of falling in love. Winter's Magic has a delightful mixture of sexual chemistry, sensuous love scenes, and passionate romance; personal issues; drama and scheming exes that will keep the reader engaged and turning the pages.
With a realistic cast of characters; engaging dialogues and sassy interactions; and a richly detailed description of the glittering holiday setting and sensuous romantic scenes; Winter's Magic is a wonderful romantic story that will simply touch your heart. It is a story that beautifully expresses the sentiment that love really is the greatest gift of all!
Winter's Magic is the first book in the Music City Hearts series.
Posted by J. Shay on 2nd Nov 2012
Winter's Magic is a sexy, thoroughly enthralling story that will reaffirm your belief in love at first sight and happily ever after. Cynthia Gail's talent with words is evident as she enchants you with her ability to weave romantic magic.
From the very first page to the very last word you will be enraptured with this charming story. The chemistry between the sexy Nick Chester and the alluring Beth Sergeant is evident from the moment they meet and will have you cheering them on to a happily ever after. The dialogue is engaging, the love story is dazzling and the romance sizzling.
This entertaining and absolutely captivating story will fascinate you and compel you to read it from cover to cover without stopping. This story has it all from seductive attraction to passionate romance. A definite must read.
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