Four Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence

Tis the season

It’s that time of year where most people are binge watching Christmas Hallmark movies, and while I love watching Christmas Hallmark movies this time of year (and I have two daughters old enough now who love it as much as I do) I much prefer to binge read Sappy Christmas books. My Mother let me borrow her copy of Mistletoe Inn, by Richard Paul Evans. It’s the second book in the Mistletoe Collection.  It’s also been made into a Hallmark movie. Which was cute, but I liked the book better.

“At thirty-two Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember. With two failed engagements, a divorce and again alone with no prospects, she hardly seems the type to dream of being a published romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, she signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat in Burlington, VT.  In one of her breakout sessions Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conference, Zeke, an intelligent man with a wry wit who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him about her stories and dreams, she inadvertently reveals her own troubled past. As Zeke helps her to discover why her books fail to live up to their potential she begins to wonder if he’s really talking more about her life than her literature. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes that Zeke has his own darkness, a past he’s unwilling to talk about.”

Both Characters are struggling with things that have happened in their past that they are having a hard time overcoming. They both help each other face their problems and I liked how real the responses felt. When he reads her book and tells her the things wrong with it, but that he can help, her response was so real, but I also liked how they worked it out quickly. It didn’t drag on. I also really loved her relationship with her Father and how together they faced the demons left by their family tragedy.

Thanks mom for a great book recommendation!

My Parents taught me the true meaning of Christmas for which I am so grateful. I am grateful for my Saviors birth and for the knowledge that he lives. At the same time I love the fun Christmas traditions we did as a family growing up, making Christmas tree bread for neighbors, listening and singing to Christmas music, acting out the nativity, and just being with Family. I couldn’t agree with Richard Paul Evans more. “I’m just glad you’re coming when you can. You’re Christmas to me” My family is Christmas to me. –M.V.

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