Love Gets A Second Chance in RaeAnne Thayne’s ‘Season of Wonder’ [REVIEW]

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Ready for a second chance, a young mother and her two daughters move to the idyllic town of Haven Point. (Photo by Corey Templeton, Flickr)

Moving to a small town after life in a big city is a challenging change of pace for anyone, but particularly for a young mom with two daughters to think about. A prime job opportunity makes the move inevitable, however, and soon the little family finds itself in Haven Point. But will the girls be able to make a life there? And what happens when the heart starts to make choices of its own? Find out in RaeAnne Thayne’s heartwarming new novel, Season of Wonder. 



Haven Point may be idyllic and picturesque, especially during the winter season, but it is small and very different from Queens, New York, where Daniela Capelli and her two daughters just relocated from. Still, in need of a new start, they are determined to give this new life a chance.

The town veterinarian, Frank Morales, has offered Dani the opportunity to take over for him when he retires. Although she loves her work, and the time to work alongside her friend and mentor at his clinic, she isn’t always quick to trust others or open up about her past, mainly because of the cruel hand dealt to her by fate. Nevertheless, she gradually starts to feel like Haven Point could be her family’s permanent home.

Those fragile dreams are shattered, however, when Dani’s teenage daughter is suspended from school. With her ire already up, she doesn’t want any unsolicited help from Frank’s son, her neighbor Ruben, even if his intentions are genuine. It doesn’t matter how hunky and dependable the gorgeous deputy sheriff may be, she can handle her own, thank you very much.

Eventually, Dani realizes her independent streak may get the best of her though if she’s not careful. After all, would it really hurt to let down her guard enough to allow the friendly folk of Haven Point to offer her family the loving support they truly need? Or will she sacrifice her attraction to Ruben to maintain her autonomy?

Thayne is a gifted wordsmith who has a real knack for writing emotionally charged stories propelled by charming characters and vivid descriptions. As such, she makes each of us long for a holiday in Haven Point, a place which defines the terms “community” and “belonging.” Reading this book shows readers just how wondrous the world could be if we could all experienced a similar respite from the rat race we get caught running each day. And that is what makes Season of Wonder such a joyous and inspiring novel. Here, Thayne reminds us that we all have a place in the world, even if we can’t see it at first. We simply have to open our hearts to the possibilities life sends our way.

RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne


RaeAnne Thayne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Serenity HarborSnowfall on Haven PointRiverbend RoadEvergreen SpringsRedemption Bay, and Snow Angel CoveSince her first book published in 1995, she has published more than 40 titles.

She has also received many honors, including six RITA Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America, a Pioneer of Romance Award and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviewsand an Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers.

Prior to working as a full time novelist, she spent 15 years in journalism working as a newspaper reporter and editor. But even then, she’d spent every free moment conjuring up romantic tales in her head and couldn’t wait to put their stories down on paper.

Now RaeAnne lives in the rugged northern Utah mountains with her hero of a husband and their children. Visit her home on the Weblike her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

By RaeAnne Thayne
272 pgs. HQN. $16.99

Purchase Season of Wonder at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Harlequin, IndieBound, or Powell’s.

Want a sample of this story? Listen to this excerpt narrated by Vanessa Johansson. Purchase the full audiobook version on Amazon.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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