Author: Jennifer Griffith
Series: Christmas House Romances #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: November 5, 2019
Christmas, love, and a batch of cookies.
Former bookshop keeper Leela Miller is back in Massey Falls. Her mom passed away last spring, and she’s home taking care of her ailing father. Now, Leela is desperate to fill Mom’s shoes in the Ladies’ Auxiliary by chairing the Cookie House fundraiser. The hitch: mean-eyed Mrs. Coldicott refuses to host the event at her Society Row home as planned.
Leela must find a new venue big enough and fancy enough to draw in customers, or Mom’s event might get canceled. There’s only one perfect place: the Layton Mansion.
New vet school graduate Jay Wilson has been remodeling the Layton Mansion since he inherited it this summer. It’s almost Christmas, and the house is nearly ready to flip! If he can get a good price for it, he can buy a partnership at a veterinary clinic out of town.
However, by stipulation of the will, Jay can’t sell the house until he cleans out the attic. Jay needs help completing the enormous task before his deadline. The beautiful Leela will eagerly help—if he agrees to allow her to use the house for her event. But, when Jay learns that the Cookie House event is the same day as his sale deadline, will he sell the house out from under the girl he might just be falling in love with?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
This was a sweet novella. The romance was fast paced since the story took place in just a matter of weeks. And as fast paced as the romance was, the story seemed to slow to a crawl for Jay to figure out the issues with the deals he was making. Talk about dense. Dude, if something seems to good to be true, if someone is trying to push you to make the deal quickly, if your gut says no, THOSE ARE ALL SIGNS TO WALK AWAY! Ha ha. It wasn’t really that long obviously but it seemed like forever for him to see truth.
I liked the main characters and really this story could be a Hallmark movie. I’m dying to see that house, especially decorated for Christmas and I wanted the antagonists to go down. Hard. Didn’t get to see that last part but there was hope for it in the future.
So if you have a free evening and want a little Christmas magic story, give this a try. But be warned. You’ll probably crave cookies by the time you are done.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.