Her Holiday Fireman

January 7, 2014

Title: Her Holiday Fireman
Author: Kathleen Y'Barbo
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Pages: 219
ISBN: 978-0-373-87779-9
Publication Date: October 16th, 2012

A Holiday He'd Never Forget

From his first encounter with the feisty redhead, widower and fire marshal Ryan Owen knows he's in trouble. He's in Vine Beach to heal, not to find romance. As for Leah Berry, she's come home strictly to lay claim to her family's restaurant and fend off developers. Leah is infuriated when Ryan shuts down the restaurant on violations. Both are determined to have their way, even as something unexpected starts blossoming between them. They'll need to learn the hardest thing about love and faith—letting go.
Love Inspired puts out quite a few sweet stories and Her Holiday Fireman by Kathleen Y'Barbo is one of them.

Her Holiday Fireman looks like it takes place at Christmas time from the cover, when actually the story starts a couple of months before then. The story follow Leah, a young women who has taken over running a small eatery in Vine Beach. Even though she has perused the education she wanted, she felt the need to come back home and help her dad take care of things since he started to battle Alzheimer's. Between those two responsibilities, Leah doesn't find those troubling, what she does find troubling is the constant pressure of the mayor as he tries to talk her in to selling her land that she grew up on. 

Ryan Owen is a fireman who has temporarily relocated. He is a recent widower, trying to keep a promise to his late wife, to the best of his ability. Ryan takes the position of fire chief in Vine Beach with a six month contract. Ryan doesn't know it at the time, but he is taking Leah's father's previous job. With Ryan now in charge of the small fire department to the resort town, he starts to look into things that had been set aside for sometime with Leah's Pop dealing with his illness. With his job, Ryan starts to investigate the remains of Leah's old family home. The house had burned down two year previous, and the reason has been a bit of mystery.  With events and information uncovered, Ryan and Leah find out, not all is what it seems to be.

Her Holiday Fireman was a nice story to read. It offered a little bit of mystery, which is always fun. The characters were well developed. Leah and Ryan each had pasts that they had to face and unknown futures to look forward to. In doing so, they each had to rely on faith for their strength and guidance. 

Too Read
4 out of 5


  1. Good review :) Sound like a wonderful story, never heard of the book before or the author. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Thanks! I just discovered Kathleen this past year. She has a nice writing style that flows.


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