Bella Tallahan has always hidden behind her twin sister, Tally. She was born with cerebral palsy and even though she has finished college, she lives vicariously through her sister's adventures.
It worked, until her sister married writer Lucky Lenigan, and Bella developed a crush on Lucky's brother - a bad boy with a shady past.
Chance Martin made one mistake growing up - one that landed him in prison. After his release, he spends his days restoring antique furniture and his nights alone.
When Mr. Klutz, Bella's fat tabby cat, wreaks havoc in the furniture workshop, Chance confronts Bella and finds himself with a dilemma. He's not the right kind of guy for a woman with disabilities, but at the same time, he can't get her out of his mind.
Will the trail of destruction left by one naughty cat bring Bella her Christmas chance for love? Can Chance rise above his past and convince Bella that she is truly worth loving? Or will the secret he is keeping horrify Bella enough to send her back into hiding?
Author's Note: Although part of the Christmas Creek Romance Series, Her Christmas Chance is a complete and standalone story. Bella Tallahan appears in a previous story, Lucky in Laguna, where her sister Tally Tallahan meets and falls in love with Lucky Lenigan.
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By A D. on 14-07-18
Faith, trust, and a little... magic!
Bella and Chance's relationship is very interesting. They meet when their siblings get married. Bella has cerebral palsy. While that has its limitations, she is big on maintaining her independence. Her strength and sparkle are what initially attract Chance.
Chance is an ex-felon. He has been out of prison for a few years and works with one of his stepfathers to restore furniture. Coincidentally the workshop is adjacent to Bella's home. And her outdoor cat enjoys getting into the workshop and wreaking havoc.
This story is about self-awareness and forgiveness. It is also about trust, faith and unconditional love. Rachelle Ayala's Christian faith influences the development of the story greatly. As always she creates challenging and complex characters with interesting stories. As for Christmas Creek, there may just be a little magic there.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
By DubaiReader on 27-11-17
Will there be romance at Christmas?
I rarely read Christmas books in the run-up to Christmas, so this year I thought I would give it a go and see if it made me feel any more festive. Her Christmas Chance was set at the right time of the year but I wasn't particularly aware of the season, other than the mention of a Christmas tree. The story was more about the relationship between Bella, who has cerebral palsy, and Chance, an ex-con.
Bella has been protected by her family for many years and longs to become more independent. She has moved into a cottage next-door to her newly married sister, Tally, and had met Chance, the brother of Tally's new husband, at the wedding. Chance has a murky past and since leaving jail, has concentrated on his woodwork skills; repairing damaged antiques. There is an attraction between Bella and Chance, but Bella's huge ginger tom cat has a habit of getting into Chance's workshop and destroying his painstaking work.
What with Chance's history, Bella's disabilities and a destructive cat, any relationship seems doomed from the start.
Despite its problems, the friendship between Bella and Chance proceeds in a fairly predictable, but enjoyable fashion and I was enjoying the audiobook. What really threw me with this novel was the episode, towards the end, where Chance and Bella seem to end up in some alternative time. There was no evidence earlier that this was in any way a paranormal novel, so this sudden time-slip seemed completely out of place. In fact the ending, per se, seemed rather awkward and contrived, and for me, dropped a star rating from an otherwise, pretty good read.
The narrator, Kate Marcin, did an excellent job of the challenge thrown up by Bella's speech defect, without rendering her impossible to understand.
5* for the narration, 3.5 stars overall.
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By Adriana B on 27-11-17
Christmas Creek Romances Book 2
I’m well aquatinted with Rachelle Ayala’s writing. She writes unique stories and this one was outstanding. I don’t think I’ve read any books where the heroine has special needs. Bella has cerebral palsy but she is independent, she works, and wants to do as much as she can by herself. It is an inspirational story.
Narration is excellent and brought the story to life.
I really enjoyed the characters specially Mr Klutz! I’m an animal lover and absolutely love cats. The story also had some serious areas about abuse, resentment, and forgiveness. As in the previous book, it also has a touch of magic.
The story is fairly clean with heated moments but no specific details.
The books wraps up nicely with a HEA conclusion for everyone including Mr. Klutz!
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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By Kimberly Smith on 24-12-17
Another heartwarming and inspirational story from Rachelle Ayala!
Rachelle Ayala never ceases to amaze me with the tough subject matter she takes on in her writing. In this book she pairs the heroine, a disabled woman with cerebral palsy, and an ex-con that everyone is against, and she does it brilliantly. The story is sweet, romantic, heartwarming, inspiring. Kate Marvin did an excellent job with the narration. I think this is the first time I’ve heard her narration and, I thought her performance was amazing. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
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