I like the Fools Gold series and was looking forward to Evie's book but, unfortunately, the fact that the story was set at Christmas caused the author to introduce too much sweetness to the plot - too much for me, that is, others may enjoy this better.
The romance between Evie and Dante was fine and as believable as it ever is in these books but it was quite lightweight as the author wanted to ram home messages about forgiveness and helping one another and so we had lots of scenes where everybody is very supportive and rallies round to help. When cute children dancing, Christmas and a public declaration of love were added to the story I found it all a bit too much.
The book isn't badly written but I found that the heartwarming elements were too much. I also thought that Evie's relationship with her family was mended in an unbelievable way. It was all too sugary for me.
Evie Stryker's accidental injury has put paid to her ballet dancing career and her well-meaning family have whisked her away for A FOOL'S GOLD CHRISTMAS in the Sierra Nevadas, while she recovers. Here she's teaching kids to dance, and a festival performance has been landed on her with the elopement of the usual teacher. The businessman in the next-door office comes to complain about the noise. How is he supposed to make calls to Shanghai?
Dante Jefferson, regretting that he upset the dance teacher, later asks her to share a casual meal... as her half-brother's business partner, he can't even consider dating her, but they can and do become friendly. Evie isn't enjoying the holiday air around town; her early Christmases weren't much to speak of. However, the one benefit of not being on stage anymore is that she can eat and drink what she likes, instead of counting every calorie. Rafe, Evie's half-brother who lives on a nearby ranch hosts a family Thanksgiving meal. Evie's not on speaking terms with her mother, who always seemed to resent her. I got the impression that Evie had been bottling up her feelings of rejection and finally got the chance to express them. Dante dislikes long-term commitment, but he has an athletic, graceful woman in a leotard to think about....
Fool's Gold is like one big family by now and it's good to read about people making connections, helping out just because help is needed. The festive air around town, the decorations and tree put in place after Thanksgiving, a pet adoption day. People in this town do so much volunteering, for so many events, that I don't know how they get work done or housekeeping.
This is a book about personal changes, with no dramatic events, so it makes quiet reading and can be a little too sweet at times, but it's a modern romance with adult scenes. Dancers should lap it up.