Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A CROSS-COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Courtney Walsh, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDay

With the perfect blend of romance and light-hearted Christmas fun, New York Times bestselling author Courtney Walsh’s latest novel, A Cross-Country Christmas should be at the top of everyone's holiday reading list.

Imagine being on a cross-country road trip home for Christmas with your older brother's best friend who you had a crush on since you were little and it didn't turn out the way you hoped. Now many years later, you're stuck in a car with him for a week-long trip...

With his handsome good looks, charming personality, and the difficult past that he is trying to overcome, hero Will Sinclair gives Tucker Jacobs (Things Left Unsaid) and Josh Dixon (Just One Kiss) some pretty tough competition in the category of my all-time favorite heroes of Courtney Walsh's.

Along with the laugh out loud moments and fun banter in this novel is the reminder of the importance of grace and second chances. Courtney Walsh nails it with the wonderfully well-written characters of Will and Lauren, who seem so real and relatable to readers.

A Cross-Country Christmas is highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance and for readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, Tari Faris, and Susan May Warren. I will definitely be reading A Cross-Country Christmas again this holiday season.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. Light faith elements

Lauren Richmond isn’t a fan of Christmas.

Which is why she rarely makes the trip home to the Midwest for the holidays. After all, she has plenty to keep her busy—namely, her duties as a set decorator on a TV sitcom.

But this December, Lauren‘s brother and his wife are expecting a baby, so her brother arranges a ride home for her with his good friend, Will.

Unfortunately for Lauren, she’s been trying to forget college baseball coach and childhood crush Will Sinclair for more than ten years.

Now, thanks to her fear of flying, she’s stuck in a car with him from California to Illinois.

She’s circumspect and organized. He’s flirty and spontaneous.

She’s convinced that people don’t change. He’s trying to prove to her (and himself) that he has.

On this cross-country road trip, they’ll both discover that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself. . . but like any good Christmas carol, it does have a second verse. 
Sweet Haven Press, October, 2021

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women's fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Her novel, Just Let Go, won the Carol Award in 2019 and Just One Kiss was a 2020 Christy Award Finalist.

A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna.
Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

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