Racing Through the Snow by Gracie Guy

Racing Through the Snow by Gracie Guy
A Dickens Holiday Romance, Book 13
Publisher: Summer’s Gift Publishing
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Dane Rutger, a life-time Manhattanite, spent summers as a teenager in Dickens. Memories of those idyllic days propelled him to return to that special town for a stress- free holiday. After a soul-sucking, COVID lockdown, induced divorce and overwhelming professional volatility, Dane desperately needs a break and decides to try something he hasn’t done in years, riding lessons at Creekside Riding Academy.

Mari Lincoln, a Dickens home-town girl, left at eighteen to ride showjumpers for a living. After the heart-breaking death of her husband and the slow destruction of her career, she returns to take over the floundering Creekside Riding Academy. When she walks into the barn for the first time in many years, the first person she sees is her summer crush, Dane Rutger. Little does she know Dane had always had a soft spot for her.

Fighting the signs of their rekindled attraction, Mari and Dane team up to plan the first ever Christmas Derby to raise money for the Dickens Community Center. Success could be three-fold; the community center gets funds needed for after school programs, it might just save her family’s stable and maybe, she’ll even get a second chance at love.

Racing, horses, Christmas and romance. What’s not to love about this book?

I picked this book up because I love the work of Gracie Guy. The writing plucks along at a great clip and the characters are inviting. I couldn’t put it down. Not a bit. I don’t know the first thing about horses or racing or riding, but I didn’t feel lost when reading this story. I felt like I was right there with the characters.

The romance is great, too. I liked the chemistry between Mari and Dane. They’ve always been a little in love with each other but coming home and coming clean is best. I liked the way the town rallied around them, too. This felt a lot like a Hallmark story, and it was so fulfilling. I’m glad I read it. In fact, I went looking for more Gracie Guy and more from this series.

If you like a sweet romance set at Christmas with horses and fun, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.