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Summary

Will her cat ruin her Christmas chance for love?

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.

©2016 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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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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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 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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  • Adriana B
  • 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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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 14-01-18

Great read

Her Christmas Chance by Rachelle Ayala was a great read. Bella has always lived her life behind her twin sister. She was born with cerebral palsy but lives life through her sister. Bella has her first love interest in her brother in laws brother. I loved reading Bella and Chance’s story.

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 07-01-18

There's someone for everyone.

I really liked this story of Bella, who struggles with having a "normal" life despite having cerebral palsy, finding love with Chance, an ex-con with trust issues. I'll admit there were several times that I was angry with Bella for doubting Chance's motives; but overall, I found this to be a very sweet romance. Chance was a wonderful hero, in my opinion, and I never blamed him for any of the events that angered him. That cat would have driven me to violence, I'm afraid, and Chance's mother was the worst parent she could possibly be.
Bella's family was well meaning, but I wanted Bella to tell them off. (I guess I might have a few anger issues of my own!)
The small paranormal element and the epilogue were possibly a little over the top, but I enjoyed them. The narration was excellent and really made me enjoy the story even more than I would have by reading it myself. I found this audiobook to be a good mental escape from my daily commute.

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  • mandy
  • 02-01-18

Fantastic!

Rachelle Ayala is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This story is heartwarming and touches upon some difficult issues. This story holds a special place in my heart because of the main character having cerebral palsy. My sister also has cerebral palsy and reminded me a lot of Bella. I loved this story and I can't wait for more from this author!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • kelly lauffenburger
  • 29-12-17

Heartwarming

I have fallen in love with Rachelle Ayala's books!! They are heartwarming and I can not wait to get my hands on more of them!! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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  • Terri C.
  • 08-12-17

Ayala never veers away from tough subject matters.

I'm not sure how many Rachelle Ayala books I've listened to, but she never ceases to surprise me by the things she is willing to take on in her writing. In this book, the main character has cerebral palsy. Ayala is straightforward in handling the difficulties of the condition and just tosses it all out there for the reader--drooling, having to use a sippy cup as an adult or living without being able to use the stove to cook. Bella faces all those things, but is determined to live her own life.
The hero of the story, Chance, has faced his own struggles in life and feels as though no one will ever accept him due to his past. The beauty of the two characters together is that they can see through the crud everyone else sees and give the other the love and acceptance they so badly crave.
Once again, Ayala gives way more than your average Christmas story. I lift my glass to her for dealing with the hard subjects with such sensitivity as well as realism! What a beautiful romance for these characters!

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  • Jan M
  • 05-12-17

Sweet love story

I loved how the author brought together 2 people who had many odds against them. Chance felt unlovable with his prison history and Bella had cerebral palsy. Both felt less than perfect and undeserving of true happiness. Their journey to love was not easy, which made the story perfect. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the various characters and distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Love, hope, and forgiveness are the main themes I took away from this story.

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  • Jennifer
  • 01-12-17

great story

I received this audio book free in exchange for a review at my request. Narration was good, I truly enjoyed listening. The story was well written, it had it all. There was love, family drama, secrets everything to keep you wanting more.

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  • Dawn H
  • 30-11-17

A Sweet Romance

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Her Christmas Chance is a sweet romance about two people who each think they’ll never be in a relationship. Chance is an ex-convict and Bella has Cerebral Palsy. They met each other when his brother and her sister got married and they enjoyed each other’s company. Unfortunately, now that they live next door to each other, her cat keeps ruining Chance’s work. It’s causing a major rift between the two of them. Can they overcome the cat problem and become friends again? Maybe even more than friends?

I like how Chance treats Bella like any other person. Everyone else feels the need to protect Bella and treat her with kid gloves but Chance sees her for what she is: an independent woman.

The narrator did a good job. Her timing was good and I was able to distinguish between all of the characters’ voices.

I definitely recommend Her Christmas Chance if you like sweet romances.

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