Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy by Nancy Naigle
Published November 3rd 2020 by Hallmark Publishing
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is my third trip back to Evergreen Vermont, which means I am in for a fun, community Christmas. This time around, Katie has planned a short vacation in Evergreen to try and get some ideas for her new novel. While she is there, her mother convinces her to write an article for the magazine she works for after one of their freelancers became unavailable. Katie is reluctant, but as she learns about the hidden time capsule, the snow globe that grants wishes and the wonderful caring community, she falls in love with the town and doesn’t want to write an article about the commercialism of Christmas. Katie meets Ben, who lives in Evergreen and she is attracted to him, and the feeling is mutual. As readers enjoy the town, the hunt, the history and the events, the story will make you smile. It is a wonderful addition to the series with happy ever afters, mysteries solved and friendship and community that made this reader want to visit. This book was actually based on a Hallmark movie that I watched last year and enjoyed, the book was just as good. This was another relatively quick Christmas story that left me smiling. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
Published September 1st 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company
I look forward to Melody Carlson’s Christmas book each year. This was a short and sweet romance that had some secrets, some not so nice friends, skiing, and Christmas. Emma Daley has never seen a white Christmas, so when her friend’s family invite her to go with them to Breckenridge, Colorado for a house swap she is ready. She is loving the snow and the small town, but her friend and her mother, both entitled and rather snooty, are not happy with anything. Emma meets the caretaker of the house and they become friends. As it turns out, he is not the caretaker, but the owner of the house, a well-known songwriter. Things do not go well when that secret is revealed. Emma and West (Tyler/TW) are great characters. They are both very down to earth and caring. I was rooting for them to work things out. I enjoyed reading about the fun they had and their adventures. This was an inspirational, new beginnings uplifting story that was a perfect afternoon read. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
The Secret Christmas Child by Lee Tobin McClain, Narrated by Holly Adams
Published November 19th 2019 by Love Inspired
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this Christmas story. Reese Markowski runs a program for rescue dogs and at-risk kids. He needs to hire an assistant and can’t believe he is hiring his ex-girlfriend, Gabby Hanks. The program is in the red and he needs a grant to save the program. The church is on the fence about making a major contribution, so Gabby jumps in and says that they will produce a Christmas program to show them what they have been doing in the winter daycamps. That in itself made for a lot of humour in this story, which I really enjoyed. The secret part is that Gabby has a 9 month old baby. Is it Reese’s baby? They both know it is not as Gabby wanted to be celibate until marriage. It turns out that she was assaulted and Gabby was the result, but she has not told anyone that. Reese is also a vet, who lost an arm in an IED attack and is trying to remake his life. There is a lot to like about this story. You have two great main characters who are strong, yet wounded and you have wonderful secondary characters that add so much to this story. Of course, with this story taking place in a small town, you have that gossip that drives me crazy, but it plays an important part in the story. Gabby and Reese are still attracted to one another, but both are fighting the attraction, and they both think they are not good enough for each other. Again, I was rooting for this couple to get beyond their baggage and be honest with each other. They also needed to forgive someone along the way. A very sweet, inspirational, second chance romance. One I recommend. I will be watching for more books in the Rescue Haven series. I listened to the audiobook of this one and enjoyed the narration by Holly Adams.
The Christmas Company by Alys Murray, Narrated by Emily Rankin
Published June 18th 2019 by Hallmark Publishing, Dreamscape Media
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I love small town Christmas stories. Miller Point is known for it’s annual Dickensian Christmas festival. The whole town becomes old London and A Christmas Carol takes place nightly around town. When Clark Woodward takes over his grandfather’s business upon his death, he closes down The Christmas Company because it doesn’t make his company any money. Enter Kate Buckner, the heart and soul of Miller Point. She plans to show Clark that The Christmas Company does so much more than make money. This was a fun take on A Christmas Carol. Of course Clark is the real life scrooge and Kate plans on showing him what a real Christmas is like. There is a lot of sneaking around to get things set up, but of course, Clark gradually realizes that Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. Clark has a lot of baggage that he gradually shared with Kate, and she does the same with him. As they get to know each other, they develop feelings toward one another and of course you know there will eventually be a happy ever after. There are several bumps along the road, but I really enjoyed this uplifting story of new beginnings, romance and Christmas magic. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Emily Rankin. I have listened to other books she has read and I enjoy her expression and inflection as she performs. I recommend this one.