I have really wanted to read a Christmas novella by Melody Carlson. So many say it is an annual tradition for them as she writes one every year. Since I have never read her before, I had no idea what to expect when I started A Christmas in the Alps.
First, I absolutely loved the setting of this story! I mean the French Alps at Christmastime? How beautiful would that be? I also liked the premise of Simone traveling to France to look for long lost family and to see if maybe she is the heir to some sort of treasure. Add in some romance and I’m in!
While I liked Simone and Kyle and how he helped her with her new found family, I felt like too many things that happened weren’t realistic, especially when it came to Kyle and his relationship with Simone’s family. I also wished that the story would’ve had a Christmas celebration in it and that there was more focus on the relationship between Kyle and Simone.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light. 3 stars.
After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.
During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who's on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone's family's clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.
For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.