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review 2017-10-12 22:25
Hope At Christmas
Hope at Christmas: A Novel - Nancy Naigle

Title:  Hope at Christmas

Author:  Nancy Naigle

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Hope at Christmas" by Nancy Naigle

 

My Thoughts....

 

This was quite a good holiday story that involved two divorced parents and their children.  I liked how this author brings Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin [Mac] Alea together in this wonderful Christmas magical read that is fulled with 'love and hopefulness.'

 

We find from the story that after an very unexpected divorce Sydney moves from Atlanta to Hopewell, North Carolina with her daughter where her grandparents had left her  their farm house to get away from it all ... a controlling ex and some ex friends. Hopefully Sydney plan to start a new live there in Hopewell.

 

As you read through this well written story one will find the characters so very relatable as well as realistic giving you a good senseable read. Will these two people [Sydney & Mac] be able to get  just what they needed as they find there way around  Hopewell N.C?  This author brings out a interesting point of what can happen when there is a divorce ex  and who is left hurt and abandon  when a marriage is dissolved...the child.  In this case the children were  Ray Anne & Seth.  Be ready for a lots of action, surprises, drama, trust issues, fun, hope, love, sadness and even laughter, and Christmas cheer  as the story continues to the end.  What will happen when Sydney starts working for Bea over the holidays?What was so special about this book store?  Who will she met?  What was it about Mac. divorced, who was teacher at the local HS, baseball coach and during the holidays would dress up as Santa in that interested Sydney?  Will their be sparks between Sydney and Mac as they go some some series of non-dates?  Will these two lost souls who had been wounded be able to find healing?  Will Sydney be able to trust again after that ordeal with her ex?  To get all of these questions answered you will have to pick up "Hope at Christmas" and see how this author will bring it all out for you.

 

By the end the reader will get a good heart-warming holiday story of ' love, hope and second chances' and YES, a ending with a wonderful HEA.

 

 

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review 2017-10-12 21:28
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Author:  Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz

 

My Thoughts...

 

If you are looking for a 'feel good' quick read for the holiday you may like this one by this author focusing on Darcy Fitzwilliam and Luke Bennet.  We find that a lots will happen as Darcy returns home for the holiday after her mother has had a heart attack.  Darcy was quite a successful woman however she also had a life that was full of insecurities.  I enjoyed how this author was able to deliver a modernized retelling of 'Pride and Prejudice' and let's not leave out the Mistletoe where there will be a 'complete flip of characters.'  What will happen when one of the richest women who doesn't have time for nothing but work...comes home after been gone for eight years, having to deal with her strained relationship with her father, mother's illness and having to attend her parents's yearly Christmas party? Will a lots of the events that take place in this story set off some events from the past that seem to collide with Darcy's future? What will happen when Darcy meets up with Luke Bennet...the carpenter?  What happens when Darcy begins to think that maybe living the simple life would be better than the one she now has?  Now to get all of these questions answered and so much more you will have to pick up this novel [Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe] and understand that its a spin off/flip of the original 'Pride and Prejudice,' a Jane Austen Classic however, this will be a quite a different story that is full of  twist and turns, 'lightheartedness, self discovery and second chances.'

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-12 21:03
Deck The Halls
Deck the Halls: A Darling, VT Christmas Romance Novella (A Darling, VT Novel) - Donna Alward

Title:  Deck The Halls

Author:  Donna Award 

Publisher: Swerve

Series Darling, VT

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:


"Deck The Halls" by Donna Alward


My Thoughts..... 


A well thought out contemporary romantic novella that is part of 'The Darling, VT series with some undercurrent of personal struggles. What a story this was as it presented 'the tough subject of veterans and what could happen when they return home only to have to live with the horrors what had happened will they were away serving our country.' This is definitely one of those stories that will touch ones heart. I liked how this author was able to get George who was a 'wonderful, gentle, proud man who had fought for his country, lost everything suffering from PTSD had finally been given a second chance.  What will happen as the twin sister of his best friend [Ian] Amy Merck arrives and reawakens old bad feelings that had been so close to him? For George had blamed himself for years over Ian's death. Will these two [George & Amy] be able to finds some degree of closures and be able to help one another?  With each other needing so much healing you will have to pick up "Deck The Halls' to see how this heartwarming emotional novella that will put you in a holiday seasonal mood.

 

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review 2017-10-12 20:44
With This Christmas Ring
With This Christmas Ring - Manda Collins

Title:  With This Christmas Ring

Author:  Manda Collins

Publisher: Swerve

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:


"With This Christmas Ring" by Manda Collins


My Thoughts....

 

What a good holiday romance read of just what can happen when a love lost will be found once again that will definite capture the wonderful feeling of the true spirit of this holiday season.  I found this short novella story to be well written from the start to the finish that will definite keep your attention. This was one of those read that will have you shaking your head as this story unfolds that tells 'the tale of a pair of lovers that were truly torn apart by the conspiracies of a particular family member.'  What will happen when all of the story comes out from traveling to Wrotham Castle?  Will these two [Merry & Alex] that had been torn apart be able to work toward their HEA?  Well, to find out you will have to pick up "With This Christmas Ring" to find out.

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review 2017-10-11 02:03
The Christmas Room
The Christmas Room - Catherine Anderson


Title:  The Christmas Room

Author:  Catherine Anderson

Publisher: Berkley

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:Five

Review:


"The Christmas Room" by Catherine Anderson


My Thoughts....


I found this a good novella Christmas story that touches on a little bit of it all....from 'grief, trials and tribulations of a single parent, finding a love connection, moving to a new state, with secrets, physical violence,  name calling, lack of understanding, healing, redemption' and it did have some heart warming moments. This author gives the reader a wonderful story that was even humorous at times, with touching moments with interesting characters from [Maddie, Cameron (Cam}, Caleb McLendon, Sam and  Kristin Conacher] to name a few that will definitely keep your attention all the way through this beautiful description of Christmas Montana story. Be ready for a long story of this well blended family where the reader will be able to read about this 'dual love story of two different generations' with the best of it all ... it all happens around the Christmas holiday.  All that is left to say is that this was really a fantastic story of families and their relationships in how this author brings it all together so well after all is said and done.

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