Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Book Thoughts: Miracle Creek Christmas and Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm


Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Lynne Jensen


Description:
When Riley Madigan moves to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will help her mend her recently broken heart. A little peace and quiet would be a gift this Christmas season. The last thing on her mind is love.

Former firefighter Mark Rivers has spent the last year recovering from burns sustained during a rescue operation. He’s been trying to piece his life back together but still struggles both emotionally and psychologically. When he meets Riley, he finally sees something that might bring some light back into his life.

When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity project, he finds himself falling for her quirky, unaffected ways. Riley doesn’t seem bothered by his scars, but is her affection for him real, or is this just another act of charity? One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it’s hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she ready to risk her heart?

Broken hearts and lives are mended as the town of Miracle Creek comes together to celebrate a Christmas to remember.
My Thoughts:
Miracle Creek Christmas is pretty much a Hallmark movie in a book. It's got a story that tugs on the heartstrings, all the festive trimmings, good people, a smarmy pseudo-villain, and a happy ending. It's a "clean read" and it makes you feel toasty and contented inside. 

I absolutely adored Mark! He was that solid, dependable and kind book boyfriend that would make anyone a wonderful partner. He'd been through absolute hell but he still had hope and a desire to help others while fighting his own recovery battles. I admired him and wanted him to be happy from the beginning. I can't say the same for Riley... It's not that I disliked her - I didn't - it's just that she was much harder to like. She had her own stuff to deal with but her constant need to hold people at a distance - and run - got old quickly. However, I was happy watching the change and healing Mark inspired in her.

If you're looking for a wonderful, warm, festive read then give it a try! 

Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans


Description:
All she wants for Christmas…
Leah Griffiths has woken up after a few too many glasses of Prosecco with a hangover – and discovers she’s accidentally bought a little Christmas tree farm in Scotland!
At first she’s horrified, but perhaps it’s the perfect way to forget all about her cheating ex.
And when she meets grumpy (but ridiculously gorgeous) pumpkin farmer Noel underneath the mistletoe, Leah begins to believe that at Christmas time, anything can happen…

My Thoughts:
This book was almost the perfect festive read for me!

 It had a woman of relatable age drunkenly buying a Christmas tree farm and completely changing her life - for the better. 

There was a delicious, unbelievably lovely, but slightly grumpy hero to help her find her feet in her new life, whacky and wonderful secondary characters - who didn't take up too much page time - and lots and lots of festive goodness! 

This is very much a Christmas book but Noel - Mr lovely grumpy pants - is predominantly a pumpkin farmer so you could read this any time from September onwards and just feel happy inside... Actually, you could read it anytime and feel happy inside but you get what I mean. It would give you happy autumn/winter vibes at point of the year, and since Sept-Dec are my favourite times of year, it's not surprising that I adored this book really. 
Add to that Adman's usual warmth and laughter and you have a marvellous book. 

So, why four stars instead of five? Well, there was a revelation towards the end of the book - that was fairly obvious from the beginning of the book - that was blown massively out of proportion by the main character (Leah) and I seriously wanted to jump in the book and slap her for her stupidity and ridiculousness. Like, she's spent weeks... Months... with Noel by the point she finds out the 'grand reveal' and she knows him so how she could react the way she did?! It was mystifying. Nothing but drama for the sake of drama. It annoyed me so badly that I seriously wanted to scream. Not all books need something pulling the couple apart just so they can come back together again. You can have a drama free romance without it being boring, you know? But whatever. I got over it because the rest of the book is so flippin' delightful. 

I loved this book, with this one exception, and I'll definitely be reading it again at some point. 

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mini reviews. I'm not at all into Hallmark movies so to have one seem like that in a book would not be for me. I want some Christmas vampires or something. lol

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  2. When you start your review by saying the book was like a Hallmark movie, I automatically want to read it.

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  3. I'm with Mary on that one-I'd rather read Christmas monsters or something! *giggles*

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  4. Both of these sound like good holiday reads. I'm all about Christmas Hallmark movies, so a book that exudes that? I'm in!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  5. Okay, my heart already hurts for Mark (Miracle Creek Christmas). The idea that he felt Riley might just feel sympathy or charity toward him just makes me want to hug him. This one sounds like such a heart warming holiday story!

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  6. I am a sucker for these types of holiday romance. They make me all gooey!

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