Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

Title:  The Trouble With Christmas
Series:  Southern Born Christmas #4
Author:  Kaira Rouda
Published:  November 10/14 by Tule Publishing Group
Length:  108pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary Christmas romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.

Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?

My Review:

This is a sweet & enjoyable Christmas novella. Rouda easily puts you in the Christmas spirit with a light-hearted romance about loving again, being yourself, and embracing the entirety of the season. Her descriptions allow you to picture the island where the characters are spending their Christmas while the intricate storytelling will keep you captivated.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the main characters here. Actually, the whole cast for that matter. Rouda presents us with an interesting bunch of rich yet down to earth individuals that you can’t help but love. I think I could tell you what the characters are wearing in every scene of this novella. This single aspect really tells you a lot about the main character. Her focus is on everything, every part of those around her. It’s quite enjoyable.

As a whole, this was an enjoyable, heartfelt Christmas novella that really & truly embraces the season.

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