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First Chapter Review: Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail

Winter's Magic

  • Title: Winter’s Magic
  • Author: Cynthia Gail
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (October 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Format: eBook

Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. 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.


When I saw this cover for the very first time, I fell madly in love with it.  I’m a cover junkie and so I know my covers!

First Chapter:

Whoa…would this make a good Hallmark movie or what?  The story opens with Beth Sergeant, owner of La Belle Vita, eating chocolate with her employee, Gina, when in walks a hunk of a man who wants to buy a gift certificate.  Beth is completely gaga over him and it appears to her that he’s doing quite a bit of flirting which she doesn’t mind one bit.  When it came time for him to tell her who it was he was buying the gift for, Beth goes from Cloud Nine to Cloud Zero.  As it turns out, the hunk – Nick Chester – was buying the gift for his ex-girlfriend for her 30th birthday present but not because there were feelings there – there weren’t as they had broken up but the girlfriend told him she couldn’t face her friends on her 30th birthday party without him by her side.  I thought this was a nice gesture on his part to attend the birthday party, not to mention even giving the girl a gift.  I don’t know many boyfriends who would do that but it makes me feel that this guy is really a nice guy after all.

There’s a hint of mystery in all this.  When the ex-girlfriend opens the gift and sees that it’s from the new spa that her old friend, Beth Sergeant, opened up, I sense a feeling that she didn’t really like the girl very much and probably wasn’t even going to use the gift.  So…the two girls know each other.  Both girls are from opposites sides of the tracks.   And this is where I feel it would make a good Hallmark movie as I’ve watched plenty of them the last couple of days with the month long marathon of Christmas movies.

Would I keep reading?

The chapter started heating up real well in the middle and the end and I would definitely pick this book up.  I love reading about love triangles!  I can tell Nick is totally out of love with his ex-girlfriend, but is he really?  I can tell the ex-girlfriend is going to fight Beth tooth and nail figuring Nick is her property no matter if they have broken up or what.  I would definitely keep reading!

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