Monday, December 23, 2013

Mini Book Review: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations.
But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers…until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

So, confession time: while I loved Christmas as a kid, as a grown-up, I can be a bit of a Scrooge.  However, I LOVE Christmas novels and stories—they allow me to live in my perfect Christmas fantasy for a few hours, and then return to my regular grouchy self.  A good Christmas story makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like I’m curling up with a hot cocoa after a picturesque day in the snow, while in reality I never have to leave the (relative) warmth of December in Los Angeles.  And Marie Landry’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was the perfect Christmas story!  It had just the right mix of small-town charm, sweet romance, supportive friends, cute kids, a dash of loss and wistfulness, and a generous dose of hope.  The writing was simple, flowed well and was a joy to read.  It’s hard to say too much about this story without spoiling it, but if you’re looking for a few hours of Christmas joy and cheer, this novella will definitely fit the bill!

Thank you to Marie Landry for the review copy!

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