My Thoughts On… It Started With Christmas by Jenny Hale
Today is my stop on the blog tour for It Started With Christmas and I am here today with a review of this fantastic book!
Author: Jenny Hale
Published: 29th October 2018
Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley
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A beautiful, feel-good Christmas story. You’ll laugh, cry, and fall in love with this wonderfully warm and MAGICAL festive romance…
Holly McAdams loves spending the Christmas holidays at her family’s cozy cabin, with its little red door and twinkling lights, tucked in the snowy hills outside Nashville. But this year will be different. Someone unexpected is joining them…
After Holly and her beloved Nana struggle through a snow storm to reach the cabin, they discover gorgeous and wealthy Joseph Barnes, who has been renting the cabin for the last few weeks, is now snowed in. And it looks like he’ll be staying for the holidays.
Determined to make the best of the surprise situation, Holly tries to bring everyone together by baking delicious treats and decorating the cabin with plenty of festive sparkle. She finds herself growing close to handsome Joseph, who is unlike anyone she’s ever met before, even if Nana isn’t so keen on the dashing stranger with the mysterious past.
But charming and irresistible musician Rhett Burton is also back in town. Thrown into close proximity with the person who used to be her best friend and the man who broke her heart, Holly realizes it’s time to face her feelings and figure out what she really wants from her life. But to complicate things, both Joseph and Rhett have secrets to reveal…
Will Holly be able to find herself and the love she’s always dreamed of this Christmas?
Discover the joy of Christmas in this gorgeous novel, celebrating the importance of friendship, the magic of love, and finding happiness by being true to yourself.
Having read and loved previous books by Jenny Hale, I jumped at the chance to read and review her newest title and I cannot tell you how glad I am that I did. It felt a little sacrilegious reading a Christmas book so close to Halloween but aside from that, I absolutely loved this book. From the very first page until the very last. I read the book in a day too as I simply found it too difficult to put it down! It is everything I wanted from a Christmas romance book and is a wonderful reminder of how many wonderful Christmas stories I have to look forward to in the coming months – including a few more by Jenny Hale herself. So if you’re ready to dive into that Christmas feeling – I highly recommend getting your hands on this book!
As usual, Jenny has created some unique and heart-warming characters. I felt so much for Holly and thought that she was such a strong character to read about. I followed her story closely and just fully connected with her on a true emotional level. I wanted her to finally find happiness, to let life bring her what she wanted and she was just such a wonderful character to read about. I also loved how much she wanted to make Nana happy, especially after the loss of Papa. When we first meet Joseph, I have to admit I also really connected with him. I love how helpful he was and how they both connected so quickly too. It’s the kind of start that I think we all hope to have. Then last, but certainly not least, there is Rhett. At first I really didn’t like him but soon found myself enjoying reading about him and realised that he wasn’t as bad as I first thought!
As the book progresses, Jenny Hale carries you along the story of this Christmas in the cabin so well. As everything starts with disaster – and a very unhappy Nanna – to the very end when things are much better. As expected, I absolutely loved the narration of this book. Jenny Hale has a knack of describing everything in such a manner that you get fully pulled into the story and filled with that Christmas magic feel inside your bones. I also really loved that while this book did have a true romantic focus of love, it also delved into family love too – it just made the book that much more wonderful to read. I have to admit, even with Halloween around the corner, I cannot wait for Chrismtas now. This book just brought out that atmosphere so well and reminded me of why Christmas is such a magical time of year!
All in all, this book is one that I very much liked! I could not put it down and found myself fully invested in the story. I would definitely highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a great magical Christmas read that will really get you into the spirit. Plus if you like your romances too, this book will have you gushing quite a bit too! Honestly, I want you to just stop reading this review now and go and get yourself this book to read because I am positive that you won’t regret it!
About the Author
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.
While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.
The rest is history.
When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.