A Cherry Cola Christmas by Ashton Lee #Review

Posted December 9, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Holiday Delight, Reviews / 16 Comments

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A Cherry Cola Christmas by Ashton Lee #Review
A Cherry Cola Christmas

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Series: #4 Cherry Cola Book Club
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on September 29, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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!


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
6 years ago

Oh, those bottles are fun ! And that Cherry cola book club sounds exactly like the type of books I’d love to read these days, thanks for sharing 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

Yes, I like to do simple crafts for some of my gifts (I can’t handle the complex ones, LOL). These are fun and people always smile when they see them.

Yes, the story was perfect for some Christmas cheer.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
6 years ago

I love it when books include either handy crafty items and or recipes. Thanks Sophia Rose and I have to admit it was the title that made me click on your review!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

That title was the hook for me, too, Debbie. Glad it grabbed you, too.

Lekeisha Thomas
6 years ago

Yeah, that title grabbed my attention. Cherry Cola is one of my favorite drinks, so yeah, it peaked my interest. Looks like a fun holiday read!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

It sure caught my attention. I was in the mood for cherry cola, too, Lekeisha!

6 years ago

I just got a xmas book from NG, yay xmas books

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

I think I’m addicted to Christmas books, too. I just grabbed two more and swore I was done.

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

oh what a great crafty idea!! I love the cute reindeer bottles. I think I would read this book for the cover alone…it has such a cozy Christmas feel to it.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

These are a fun gift and easy craft.

Yes, that is a cozy cover.

Christy LoveOfBooks
6 years ago

Haha – Did they criticize your gifts after that? And I totally agree, I love the title of this book.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Nope, this gift was completely acceptable. 🙂

I know, it was such a cute title. Just hadta!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

That sounds real nice, Sophia. And so with you on the title. That would catch my eye too. And a book club? Even better 😀

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

It was a cozy story. And the book club was so cool.

6 years ago

Awe I like the sound of this Sophia. Adding to my holiday wishlist.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

It was adorable Southern style holiday. Hope you like it, Kimberly.