Sunday, October 6, 2019

CHRISTMAS IN WINTER HILL by Melody Carlson, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

Krista Gallaway is NOT a fan of Christmas. So why is she crazy enough to move from Phoenix, Arizona to Winter Hill, Washington accepting the job of City Manager? Especially when she finds out Christmasville is their biggest event of the year! And, to top that off, she’s expected to get behind the celebration 100%.
This was definitely a cutesy, Christmasy, warm-hearted story that will have you rooting for the magic of holiday miracles and the power of love. Krista and her daughter Emily are a delightful duo that dug into my heart as characters to come to care deeply about. Emily—with her little girl charm and enthusiasm for all things Christmas—has big dreams for her mom and starting over in a town that promises her first snowfall! She’s every mom’s dream for a perfect little girl. Though Krista is dead-set against Christmas due to her rough childhood, she at least tries to get into the spirit for the sake of the town. I think perhaps a certain young man named Connor softens her heart with his natural charm and the friendship of his daughter Anna. 

Watching the foursome become friends (perhaps more?) and the conspiring of two young girls was fun, while watching the town grow on Krista was my grown-up version of a Hallmark worthy Christmas story! I’d love to see this played out on TV; it would be one I’d watch every year.  Last but not least, the spiritual theme was uplifting with reminders of the power of God’s love and care for each one of us.

If you’re looking for a inspiring Christmas-themed story full of charming characters and the promise of good things to come, look no farther than Christmas in Winter Hill!
*I received a complimentary copy from Revell and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review.  All opinions are strictly my own. *

BackCover Blurb:
Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. After her rough childhood in multiple foster homes, the holiday season just brings too many bad memories to the surface. But when she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, something that the city manager . . . well, manages.

As she tries to make her tiny new apartment feel like home for her and her eight-year-old daughter, Emily, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. She doesn't always feel welcomed in the close-knit town, and Emily continually wonders, "Where's the snow?" Can a friendly stranger and his family help restore Krista's Christmas spirit before the big day?

Bestselling author Melody Carlson invites you to spend this holiday season in a town you'll never forget--and never want to leave.

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1 comment:

  1. I have admitted this before, but I'm likely the last person to get super excited about Christmas fiction, movies, decorating and festivities. (Christmas is in my heart, okay, so don't judge!) But Trixi's review has me longing for a Hallmark movie. Preferably made from this story! I love this cover and yes, I've been tagging Hallmark Channel in social media.


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