Today starts the first of four parts in my Christmas in July series of posts. The first books I'll be reviewing are two ARCs from Netgalley: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber & Twice Loved by Wanda E. Brunstetter.
So turn up your favorite Christmas song and read on!
Starry Night is the story of Carrie Slayton, Society Reporter for a prestigious Chicago reporter and Finn Dalton, a rugged Alaskan survivalist turned author whose recent bestseller has made him the hottest interview in town. Craving to get out of writing about Chicago's who's who, Carrie's boss offers her any assignment she likes if she can score an interview with Finn. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right? Wrong. (Un)fortunately for Carrie, the easiest part is the search for Finn because once she gets to know him, everything changes and they learn together about important lessons of love and compromise.
Starry Night has all the elements needed in a successful Christmas romance. Two independent, but unfulfilled characters longing for more and finding it in one another at Christmas time. Ok, so I'm an easy sell for Christmas books, but it really was a good book and I would definitely recommend it for a little light Christmas vacation reading to get you in the spirit!
Twice Loved by Wanda E. Brunstetter set at Christmas in 1945 is the story of Bev Winters a single mother widowed by WWII struggling to make ends meet. Enter a widowed used toy store owner who is as kind and generous as Bev is doggedly self sufficient.
This book may not appeal to everyone because it does contain some religious overtones. I'm not saying that's a bad thing though, because I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It is a relatively short story, but has a lot of heart. As a child and still today, my favorite children's book at Christmas is The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden and Barbara Cooney and Twice Loved reminds me of it a great deal with it's nostalgia and hopeful message. I would highly recommend this book. The book also contains recipes, crafts, & trivia from the 1940s.