Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on September 29, 2015
It was the title. I freely admit that I was drawn in by the title. It was so cute that I had to check out the blurb and the promise of Christmas in a Southern small town and the Cherry Cola book club hooked me.
This was actually the fourth book in the series, but I didn’t realize it when I snagged it. I ended up figuring this out quickly as I started reading. Thankfully, I had no problem getting into the story as there was enough explanations along the way.
The story opens with Maura Beth and her new husband Jeremy returning from their honeymoon to discover that their little town of Cherico, Mississippi is in trouble. The big cowboy boot factory has decided to locate nearer Nashville and that was the last big chance to keep people from moving away after jobs. And with the people, so goes the small town businesses. Practically the only good thing going is Maura Beth’s new library. And added to the loss of businesses, there is a theft at Periwinkle’s restaurant and Maura Beth’s library desk worker’s husband now has Alzheimer’s. The mood of Cherico is low.
It’s up to Maura Beth and the Cherry Cola Book Club and a determined city council member to save the day. With a little thought, home town generosity, luck, and hope, they bring together a Christmas gathering that no one will forget.
Alright, so this was a gently-paced, sweet small town contemporary. It’s not deep or dramatic, but was a relaxing read. The characters were long established. Maura Beth is the lead and she is now fighting to help keep her friends’ businesses in town, helping her friends at the restaurant with their thievery mystery, keeping an eye on a cunning city council member who has it in for her, compassionately helping her assistant through a family emergency, and chairing the quirky members of the book club all while adjusting to married life with her Jeremy. There was a lot going on. I enjoyed the engaging characters and all the story threads. There is humor, sweetness, and sorrow along with a few romances. There was a flavoring of Southern life and holiday festivity to it all. The atmosphere of Cherico and the holiday spirit was definitely a strong point.
I had a good time with this story and would definitely like to return for the early books as well as see the series continue. Those who enjoy both women’s fiction and small town contemporary romance should take a look.
My thanks to Kensington Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #377 CR
Cliché Klatch #230 ‘too puffed up’
NtM# 184 author/series
Books N Tunes #52 Alabama’s Christmas in Dixie
In this story there is food, food galore along with music and Christmas holiday party costumes, but I’m going to deviate and share one of my quick gift giving craft ideas for the craft-challenged (I include myself in this group).
I got this idea years ago from a friend when I wanted something a little different to give away to my co-workers. Someone had to get snarky about my predictability in the gift giving department. Ingrates, I tell you! The idea didn’t originate with my gal pal and she had no idea who gave her the idea so I can’t give credit to whom credit is due. I really have no fancy name for it. I leave it to you.
All you need for supplies: a six or eight pack of long-necked brown bottled drinks (because reindeer are brownish, right?), brown pipe cleaners (grab more than you need in case you mangle a few antlers like moi or maybe you want to cut up and extra one to add some points and give your reindeer some find racks), google eyes (not quite the smallest size), and mini red pom-poms with a good craft glue to adhere the reindeer parts. I used a low heat hot glue gun to do my gluing.
Assembly: clip your brown pipe cleaners in half, bend in thirds to create a ‘u’ shape and then bend the outer tips. Then glue the antlers to the back of the bottle (yes, make sure you’ve got the front and back facing properly). Hold until glue sets. Next apply glue to google eyes and nose. Each time hold these in place until the glue sets. Add bows and curly streamers and the tag (must not forget that item like I do frequently though it’s fun to see people at the office try to figure out who the gift is from.
I suppose any mini holiday color decorations can be glued on in variation to create Santas, snowmen, etc. I leave that to you real crafty types.
So yep, there you go. Easy Peasy! Feel free to share any equally easy crafty gift ideas if you’ve got one. Loved to have a few more ideas!