“Emmie Sander’s one true love was…. Christmas”
Genre: Romance, ChickLit, Adult, Holiday
Location: Washington, USA
Publication year: 2019
Average Goodreads Ratings: 3.83
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A woman desperate to turn a new page heads to the Scottish coast and finds herself locked in a battle of wills with an infuriatingly handsome bookseller in this utterly heartwarming debut, pe
With all the glittering decorations, twinkling lights, snow angels, gingerbread men and mistletoe, Christmas is Emmie’s first love.
This year, she can’t wait to share her favorite Christmas traditions with her boyfriend, Grant. She thinks he’s “the one.” So when Grant’s hectic work schedule has him more “Bah Humbug” than “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Emmie creates a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to help him find his Christmas spirit. At the end of the journey, Grant will arrive at the charming town of Christmas Point where she’s planned a romantic weekend filled with holiday activities.
But Emmie’s plan backfires when a mix-up has the wrong guy following her clues! Sam, a best-selling mystery writer, thinks Emmie’s clever Christmas riddles are from his agent, who is trying to help him get over his epic writer’s block.
When he arrives at Christmas Point and finds the stunned Emmie, he immediately feels she’s someone special, but she can’t see beyond the fact that the wrong guy has shown up. Inspired by the small, charming town, Sam decides to stay and convinces Emmie to join him in a little holiday fun while she waits for Grant.
When Grant finally shows up, Emmie is disappointed to discover he’s not enjoying the activities she planned and can’t help wonder if he’s really the one for her. She also can’t get Sam out of her mind and all the great times they had together. With Christmas coming fast, Emmie will need the magic of the season to help steer her in the direction of true love…
This book was extremely, extremely, extremely cheesy; however, I couldn’t help but enjoy it. It’s very Hallmark Christmas Moviesk. I mean, the author did write a couple Christmas movies including The Christmas Prince, which I really enjoyed!
The story was pretty predicable but I was reading it for the cozy Christmas feel. One thing that did both me was how the author thinks it’s okay for a character to be like “I know you have a boyfriend but I like you and I’m better for you than him”. To me, if you truly love someone you wouldn’t try and jeopardize their relationship. The author also hardcore advertised her movies in the story as well which was kind of off putting.
Other than those, I found the characters to be extremely likeable. I felt like I was wrapped in a nice cozy blanket. The only thing missing was the fireplace and the snow falling. Highly recommend if you want a cozy, cute Christmas read!