Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on 10 October 2017
Small town Christmas, a heroine needing a change, a hero needing a chance, a young girl’s Christmas wish for Santa, an enchanting book store and voila, it was the perfect recipe for a Christmas goodie.
Hope at Christmas really was a sugary sweet snow globe-type of Christmas story in some respects, but it also dealt with some realism in a woman getting over a cheating husband and divorce, a child who is in the middle, struggling with not becoming jaded to other chances out there, a homemaker learning to make her own way, and that is all just Sydney’s side of matters. Then there is Mac who is further along in the process because yep, his wife left him and his son behind during the holidays, too. He’s always played Santa for the town and secretly wished his son would give Christmas a chance, but now he sets eyes on Sydney and wants to be the one to bring her some Christmas magic.
It’s all the ooey-gooey goodness for sure and much of the book gently introduces the special bookshop, The Book Bea, and its owner , Miss Bea, who sagely helps Sidney on the road to healing. There is also a great deal of Mac and Sydney separately doing the single parenting thing. But yes, the sweet slow-burn romance happens. It’s a low-angst story until Sydney starts to panic about feeling something again for another man and doesn’t want to take a chance. She is newly divorced so the panic makes sense for the story and keeps things on the cautious side which totally worked for me with all the other elements that come together in the book.
In the end, I felt it was a bite of Christmas sugary goodness come early and perfect for immersing in the holiday feelings and setting with a nice sweet romance to cuddle up with. Might need Sydney’s hot chocolate recipe and Mac’s lasagna recipe, too…
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