Christmas Reads Roundup

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OMG! It’s Christmas Eve already!

Is still have to go and brave the shops to finish off my last minute (as always) Christmas shopping but I wanted to wish all of my wonderful readers a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit this year by taking part in the Aussie Readers Group December Challenge at Goodreads so I thought I should do a quick recap of all of the wonderful Christmas themed novels I’ve read before I have to brave the shops. I managed a total of eight which isn’t too bad.

I kicked the challenge off with I Will Marry George Clooney (by Christmas) by Tracey Bloom      marrygeorgeclooney

Description:

A brand new very funny Christmas novel, from the bestselling author of No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday and Single Woman Seeks Revenge.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only answer is to marry George Clooney.

For Michelle, that time is now.

Slogging her guts out in a chicken factory whilst single-handedly bringing up a teenager who hates her is far from the life that 36-year-old Michelle had planned.

But marrying the most eligible man on the planet by Christmas could change all that, couldn’t it?

Sometimes your only option is to dream the impossible – because you never know where it might take you…

My Review

Then moved on to my favourite Christmas read this year, Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen. dyingforchristmas

Description:

I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out …

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

My Review

Next up I read Secret Santo by Carla Caruso.    secret santo

Description:

Holly Plume is a bookseller by day and a romance blogger by night, dishing out scathing reviews under her pseudonym, Sultry Scarlet. When she scores an invite to the publishing event of the year, Holly couldn’t be more excited. Finally a chance to meet her favourite author, the mysterious thriller writer known only as AJ Ruffo.

When Holly literally falls into the arms of the mysterious and charming Santo Randolfi, she’s sure it must be AJ. After all, Santo has tousled good looks, dark curls, luscious lips . . . He’s exactly what she’d imagined. But when Santo reveals he’s actually the author of a romance novel Holly recently slammed on her blog, keeping her online identity a secret becomes vital.

As Holly struggles to keep Santo from learning the truth, she realizes just how much she likes him. But when he discovers who she is, will their relationship be over before it’s even begun?

My Review

Then I read The Perfect Christmas by Kate Forster                         The Perfect Christmas Cover

Description:

A holiday short story that proves that true love is forever, not just for Christmas…

Hollywood movie star Maggie and friend and manager Zoe need an escape from their complicated star-studded lives in LA. With its history and Christmas charm, London feels like the perfect getaway.

But can they truly leave their realities behind?

In their luxurious quarters, the girls meet Holly who is ideal at showing Maggie and Zoe the sumptuous sights and sounds of London in their most glittering light. But behind her bright façade, Holly is hiding a secret: suffering from unrequited love, she’s looking for a Christmas miracle. Desperate to see an unattainable love story for Holly come together, will our LA starlets succeed in providing a Hollywood ending before the dawn of Christmas Day?

Packed to the brim with festive cheer, this is the only story you’ll need this Christmas…

My Review

The next Christmas read on my list was Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane.  Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy Cover

Description:

This Christmas season, Christina Grey Cooper has finally accepted that her marriage to her college sweetheart Dare is over.

So she packs up her things, leaves a note, and heads back home for Marietta, Montana in the hope that a Christmas with her family will help piece her head—if not her heart—back together.

Dare isn’t about to let the love of his life go, and who cares if that’s what he thought he wanted? He’ll do what it takes to win Christina back—even if that means suffering through Christmas with his in-laws, pretending to still be happily married for the sake of family harmony, and trying not to get caught up in all that holiday nonsense he’s never believed in…

But Christmas is magical, especially in Montana.

And if Dare has any hope of convincing Christina to give him one more chance, it’s going to be here…

My Review

And then Christmas at Thornton Hall Christmasatthorntonhallby Lynn Marie Hulsman

Description:

Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!

When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!

So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester’s impossibly grand ancestral pile.

The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.

But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?

As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!

CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house romance for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.

My Review

Bah, Humbug by Heather Horrocks was chosen by some lovely readers for me next.

Description:  bahhumbug

Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block – until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits int he body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi’s next show.

From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?

Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

My Review

And I finished off with A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds Akirribillichristmas

Description:

Eight years ago Shelby left Sydney for LA, determined to set the world on fire. Now she’s nearly broke and her boyfriend has left her alone at Christmas. Lonely and miserable, Shelby finds herself drawn back to the childhood home she thought she’d left behind . . .

Frangipani House now belongs to Dan Sayers, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who found a new start in Kirribilli. When he spots Shelby dragging her suitcase up the front steps on Christmas Eve, he can’t believe his eyes. It’s been four years since he last saw her. Then, she’d been aloof, a stranger in designer sunglasses and killer heels, barely acknowledging their shared past.

As Christmas unfolds, Shelby and Dan grow closer than ever before and Shelby begins to see her ramshackle home in a new light. But before she and Dan can have any hope of a future together, they must first confront their past.

My Review

Have a great Christmas Day and I hope you all find lots of great books under your tree!

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Book Review: A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds

Title: A Kirribilli Christmas                                                                                          Akirribillichristmas

Author: Louise Reynolds

Published: 2 Dec 2014, Penguin Books Australia/Destiny Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 54

My Rating:  3/5

Description: From the publisher

Eight years ago Shelby left Sydney for LA, determined to set the world on fire. Now she’s nearly broke and her boyfriend has left her alone at Christmas. Lonely and miserable, Shelby finds herself drawn back to the childhood home she thought she’d left behind . . .

Frangipani House now belongs to Dan Sayers, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who found a new start in Kirribilli. When he spots Shelby dragging her suitcase up the front steps on Christmas Eve, he can’t believe his eyes. It’s been four years since he last saw her. Then, she’d been aloof, a stranger in designer sunglasses and killer heels, barely acknowledging their shared past.

As Christmas unfolds, Shelby and Dan grow closer than ever before and Shelby begins to see her ramshackle home in a new light. But before she and Dan can have any hope of a future together, they must first confront their past.

My Thoughts:

A Kirribilli Christmas is my 8th and final novel that I have read as part of the Aussie Readers Christmas/New Year themed December challenge. I’ve really enjoyed reading Christmas themed books this month, it’s a great way to get into a Christmassy frame of mind.

Shelby left Kirribilli, a suburb of Sydney Australia, to become a famous actor. It’s not working out so well for her though. She’s only had a handful of of bit parts and a rich jerk of a boyfriend to show for all of her efforts. When he makes it clear that she isn’t invited to spend Christmas with his family she takes up his offer to fly home to Kirribilli for the holidays despite the fact that since her mother passed away and she has no family left.

Her family home which is called Frangipanni House (maybe a little bit too ‘Australiana’ cliche for my tastes) is now owned by Dan, one of the many foster children that Shelby’s mother took in over the years. There seemed to be all kinds of tension between Shelby, Dan and the rest of the foster children who still get together every year for Christmas. I really felt like the tension between Shelby and the others needed to be explained more clearly. They were far too hostile for the brief explanation that was given. I think perhaps the novella was just a tiny bit too short and could have done with being a tad longer to explore those relationships more thoroughly.

Another thing that I found a little bit difficult to swallow was the location for this family. Kirribilli property is expensive, and I mean really expensive, so I’m not sure how a single mother with a hoard of foster children could have afforded such a large house there on her own even 20 years ago. And there was no way that I could imagine that anyone would be able to make a decision on whether to sell a property or not in that area on a whim. This detail is entirely irrelevant to the enjoyment of the book, especially for readers overseas but it was something that stuck out like a sore thumb for me.

Overall, A Kirribilli Christmas is a nicely written contemporary Australian romance, set on the lovely shores of Kirribilli (Sydney). The characters and story line are quite interesting and it’s a little bit deeper than the usual Christmas themed novella.

Now, this is where my review would have ended if I hadn’t turned the page and read Louise Reynolds’ author bio. I’m a born and bred Melburnian (a person who is from Melbourne) so I took particular exception to the following sentence:

“After one look at Melbourne beaches she got a library card and started to read.”

I usually steer well clear of the Sydney vs Melbourne debate but it is well documented here, here and here, as well as thousands more. But I will say that there are many reasons why Melbourne is regularly voted one of the most livable cities in the world and Sydney the most expensive. I believe that Sydneysiders are always going to prefer their home town and Melburnians are going to prefer theirs and will usually leave it at that but disparaging Melbourne’s beaches in an author bio is probably not a good way to go about things. I would have thought Melburnians would have made up a far chunk of Louise’s readers so it might be a better idea to speak about both towns in a positive light, especially since she lives here now.

Louise, you also don’t need to wear so much black, that’s just a tired old stereotype and you know that Melbourne’s fashion is better than Sydney’s. I think that most people would agree that there is so much more versatility during the colder weather that we get here during winter.

And if you have been looking for lovely beaches in Melbourne’s northern suburbs you have been looking in the wrong place! I’ve decided to help Louise out but showing her a few of my favourite Melbourne beaches.

Here we have Brighton Beach, just a 30 minute drive south of the CBD. These beach boxes there are worth quite a lot of money and the houses along the beach here would match or top the Kirribilli property market.

Brighton Beach image

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Here is my favourite beach in Sorrento which is just down the road from my home town. This beach is virtually empty all of the time because the only way to get there is to drive down several roads with signage stating ‘no beach access’ and then walking the rest of the way over sand dunes. (There is no way that I will tell you how to get there, sorry!) Sorrento is a 1.5 hour drive south of Melbourne’s CBD.

sorrento beach

Image from my own personal collection

And here are the famed 12 Apostles which are along the Great Ocean Road, a top tourist destination. The 12 Apostles are about a 3 hour drive west of Melbourne’s CBD but it is well worth the trip and while you are there you might as well visit other beautiful and world renowned beaches such as Lorne, Torquay and Anglesea just to name a few.

12apostles

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This could be asking for trouble, but feel free to share your thoughts on Melbourne Vs Sydney as long as you keep it reasonably nice!

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Book Review: Bah, Humbug by Heather Horrocks

Title: Bah, Humbug                                                                    bahhumbug

Author: Heather Horrocks

Published: September 9th 2011 by Word Garden Press

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

Pages: 96

My Rating: 3/5

Description: From Goodreads

Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block – until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits int he body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi’s next show.

From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?

Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

My Thoughts:

I downloaded my copy as a free download from Amazon.

As most of you know I have been reading Christmas themed novels as part of the Aussie Readers Group December Challenge at Goodreads. I put the call out to my readers to choose my next Christmas read here and Bah, Humbug was the hands down winner. I think everyone was very intrigued by the name. Thank you Holly, Delia and Marjorie for the input!

Bah, Humbug tells the story of Lexi Anderson, the next Martha Stewart, who has recently moved next door to her children’s favourite author, Kyle Miller, just before Christmas. At first she is horrified to discover that Kyle is a bit of a Christmas Grinch but she soon discovers that he has his reasons to dislike Christmas so she conspires to save Christmas once and for all for Kyle and his family. How does she do that? With lots of decorations and food of course!

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and this is definitely the case for Kyle Miller. I find that my boyfriend is generally especially nice to me if I cook any of his favourite foods so I think that Lexi could be on to something here! Kyle starts to realise that he is falling in love with Lexi but will she reciprocate those feelings or fall for the charms of Kyle’s handsome and charming brother?

Bah, Humbug is a nice and easy Christmas themed novella. I would recommend it for anyone who loves the romance or chick lit genres or for anyone looking for a short, Christmas themed read that is easily read in one sitting.

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Christmas at Thornton Hall by Lynn Marie Hulsman Book Review

Title: Christmas at Thornton Hall  Christmasatthorntonhall

Author: Lynn Marie Hulsman

ISBN: 9780007568871

Published: Dec 2013, HarperCollins UK, Harper Impulse

Rating: 3/5

Pages: 386

Description:

Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!

When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!

So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester’s impossibly grand ancestral pile.

The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.

But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?

As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!

CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house romance for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas at Thornton Hall is the 6th Christmas themed book that I have read as part of the December Challenge that I’m participating in with the Aussie Readers Group at Goodreads. This one was a bit longer than a lot of the other Christmas themed novels around and it took me a little bit longer than I would have liked to get through. That’s my own fault though, not the book’s, since I must have gone crazy for a while earlier this year and elected to study two university subjects over the Christmas break so I have been pretty busy around here lately!

The longer than usual length allowed the author, Lynn Marie Hulsman, to pack in a lot of action and interesting characters. I quite often felt a bit stressed out for Juliet, the main character, because there was so much going on around her. She’s a top chef to the stars dealing with a break up with her boyfriend, Ben and sexual tension with Edward, her sexy fellow chef and Jasper Roth, her handsome and wealthy boss while cooking for a huge, snobby Christmas party on her own at Thornton Hall which is one of those super wealthy English properties that have been owned by titled families for generations.

There were quite a few times that I questioned whether Juliet really had true feelings for any of these men as she seemed to be able to jump from fantasizing about one to another in a matter of seconds. Her previous ex was also brought up often so that makes four love interests in one book which is perhaps a few too many for me.

Juliet was a bit of annoying main character to be honest. 99% of her problems could have been solved just by talking about them to the relevant people but she seemed to avoid that like the plague. I could certainly relate to her tendency to drift off and daydream at the drop of a hat but I found myself getting frustrated at her indecisiveness and unwillingness to talk to anyone about anything.

The other characters were all well developed although I would have liked to have read more about Edward the fellow chef. He was missing for the majority of the story and from what I did read about him he seemed like a pretty interesting guy. He leaves Juliet in the lurch at the beginning of the book to cope with the Christmas festivities at Thornton Hall on her own with no explanation after a night of passion. I found it difficult to believe that Juliet simply didn’t bother to give him a call to find out why he left. If some guy pulled a stunt like that on me I’d be chasing him down if only to give him a piece of my mind!

Edward had his reasons for leaving but will he be able to explain everything in time to stop Juliet from traipsing off to America with her married boss? Jasper Roth is rich, handsome and American so he did what any American who wants to succeed in London does apparently and married Lady Penelope who is titled but crazy. He has been after Juliet for ages and hopes to leave his wife and take off home to America with Juliet. Jasper wasn’t the most likable of characters, he was far too interested in expensive things and rude to his staff for me.

There are a host of terrific supporting characters in Christmas at Thornton Hall. At times it was perhaps a few too many to keep up with. Some of my favourites included Terrence, the sassy gay butler, Rose and Seamus, the elderly and kind couple who have worked at Thornton Hall most of their lives and The Earl of Gloucester who is known by the downstairs staff as The Painter since he is a well known artist. The Earl has some interesting secrets of his own.

Christmas at Thornton Hall is a Christmas story with an interesting plot and characters. There is mystery, plenty of romance and few steamy love scenes. There are plenty of laughs and I found it to be a really enjoyable Christmas themed read with a noticable lack of cheesiness which I quite liked.

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I need your book recommendations. Help me decide which Christmas themed book to read next!

As you know I have been reading mostly Christmas themed books this month as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge over at Goodreads this month.

So far I have read:

Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen. Read my review here.dyingforchristmas

Secret Santo by Carla Caruso. Read my review here.

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I Will Marry George Clooney (By Christmas) by Tracy Bloom. Read my review here.

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Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane. Read my review here.

Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy Cover

The Perfect Christmas by Kate Forster. Read my review here.

The Perfect Christmas CoverI am currently reading Christmas at Thornton Hall by Lynn Marie Hulsman. (Review coming shortly)

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So I need your help to decide which Christmas themed book I should read next!

Should I read A Kirribilli Christmas by Louise Reynolds?

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Or Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery?

yoursforchristmasOr how about Bah, Humbug by Heather Horrocks?

bahhumbugPlease save me from my indecision! Have you read any of these books or have read any amazing Christmas themed books? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Book Review: The Wandering Harlot by Iny Lorentz

Title: thewanderingharlot The Wandering Harlot

Original Title: Die Wanderhure (German)

Author: Iny Lorentz

Translator: Lee Chadeayne

ISBN: 9781477823347

Published: June 24 2014, Amazon Publishing

My Rating: 4/5

Description:

In 1410 in Constance, Germany, the beautiful Marie Schärer’s luxurious life as a merchant’s daughter is destroyed when her ambitious father arranges her marriage to a lawyer from the Black Forest named Rupert Splendidus. Her childhood sweetheart warns her of the attorney’s sly character and is tragically proven right the day before the wedding, when Rupert accuses Marie of unimaginable behavior and has her thrown into a dank dungeon, where she is brutally attacked by his henchmen. Unfairly condemned and banished from her home, Marie is forced to become a wandering prostitute to survive. The clever and kind Hiltrud befriends Marie, and the strong-minded pair sets out on spirited adventures—bedding counts, meeting scoundrels, and tricking foes—as Marie plots the ultimate revenge on the men who stole her honor and her family’s fortune.

Set against a richly detailed historical backdrop, this is the dramatic tale of one woman’s quest for vengeance, redemption, and real love.

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved The Wandering Harlot! It takes a lot to convince me to hand out a four star rating or to go out of my way to recommend a novel to other readers but The Wandering Harlot has convinced me to do both.

The Wandering Harlot has been translated from the original German copy Die Wanderhure by the very talented Lee Chadeayne. It was very easy to read and I didn’t feel that there could have been much, if anything, that was lost in translation.

It is a historical novel set in medieval Germany at a time when there was great unrest right across the country. Three claimants to the Papacy have caused massive upheavals and the nobility seemed to spend most of their time scheming and plotting against each other to gain more land or money.

The Wandering Harlot has been meticulously researched by the husband and wife writing team of Iny Klocke and Elmar Wohlrath, historians whose tales of medieval action, adventure, and romance reflect their academic interests and love for each other. All good books should transport their readers to another world and I felt that the attention to detail and accuracy that has clearly gone into writing The Wandering Harlot went a long way towards placing me in medieval Germany from beginning to end. I’m quite happy to be living in modern day Australia after reading about how easily a woman’s life could be ruined forever by the hearsay of so called respectable men back then!

The main character, Marie, and her tale of betrayal and revenge was interesting and complex. The story revolves around how she survives after being raped, publicly whipped and driven from her town, her travels as a wandering harlot and her overwhelming desire to destroy her betrayers.

The supporting characters are all well rounded and many of them could easily have their own novels written about them. Hiltrud is Marie’s companion on her travels. She was sold into prostitution as a child and saves Marie’s life by taking her under her wing and teaching her the survival skills she needs to survive in her new life. She dreams of leading a normal, simple life but she knows that there is really no other choice for women back then once that path is chosen for them.

Rupert Splendidus and his main henchman Utz are terrifying villains. Rupert because he was so diabolically evil and Utz because he was so violent and cruel. Neither one showed a hint of remorse about their evil deeds either, they seemed to quite enjoy them actually.

Michel, Marie’s knight in shining armor, was a bit of a let down for me in the end. He started off very heroically by setting out to find Marie when she is first driven out of town but their reunion was definitely not what I had been expecting or hoping for. Hopefully he redeems himself in the next novel in the Marie series, The Lady of the Castle which will be published in January 2015.

I predict that lovers of historical fiction or lovers of a good, strong story with well developed characters will want to devour The Wandering Harlot in one sitting. I’m over the moon to discover that the Marie Series has five novels in German and I can’t wait to read the next installment The Lady of the Castle in January

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Scatterbooker Reviews Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane

Title: Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy Cover Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy

Author: Megan Crane

ISBN: 9781942240242

Published: 17th November 2014, Montana Born Books

Rating: 3/5

Description:

This Christmas season, Christina Grey Cooper has finally accepted that her marriage to her college sweetheart Dare is over.

So she packs up her things, leaves a note, and heads back home for Marietta, Montana in the hope that a Christmas with her family will help piece her head—if not her heart—back together.

Dare isn’t about to let the love of his life go, and who cares if that’s what he thought he wanted? He’ll do what it takes to win Christina back—even if that means suffering through Christmas with his in-laws, pretending to still be happily married for the sake of family harmony, and trying not to get caught up in all that holiday nonsense he’s never believed in…

But Christmas is magical, especially in Montana.

And if Dare has any hope of convincing Christina to give him one more chance, it’s going to be here…

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy is my fifth Christmas themed book that I have read so far as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge.

It is about Dare and Christina, former college sweethearts who are facing the end of the marriage. Christina finally has had enough of being shut out by Dare so she decides to pack up and go home to her parents in Montana just in time for Christmas.

Dare has deep scars from his childhood and doesn’t believe he is worthy of being loved and he is terrified of starting his own family and making the same mistakes that his father did. I think Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy could have explored Dare’s past a little further. I think this would have made him a lot more likable since I thought he was awful for at least three quarters of the book.

This book was quite angsty, not quite the typical Christmas themed romance although there is plenty of Christmas cheer and a Christmas miracle or two. Montana is a lovely Christmas setting, I can imagine that it would look like a winter wonderland during Christmas.

Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy is a nice and easy Christmas read with a touch of angst thrown in. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of Christina and Dare’s back-storys but it was still a great Christmas themed romance.

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