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Review: A Chance This Christmas by Joanne Rock

October 5th, 2017 by dsuzuki

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: October 5, 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

Growing up in the Christmas-crazed theme town of Yuletide was fun for fashion designer Rachel Chambers until a family scandal made her unwelcome. Eight years later, she’s home for a friend’s wedding and trying to go incognito… until her old flame spots her.

Snowboarder Gavin Blake wants to make things right with Rachel, and smoothing her way back in Yuletide seems like the best way to do just that. Making Rachel his date for a week of pre-wedding parties is sure to bring them closer. Except he underestimated how long a small town can carry a grudge–or how much the memory of a long-ago kiss could tempt him all over again.

As the wedding approaches, Rachel remembers all she loved about her close-knit, Christmas-loving neighbors. But even if she can win over the town again, will she be able to convince her footloose, mogul-shredding wedding date that they can find happiness beyond the holidays?

My Thoughts:

If you love Hallmark Channel holiday movies then this book will definitely put you in the mindset of a Hallmark holiday movie. You could practically see the movie set as you read and meet the “villains” of the story and the over the top Christmas setup in town. The actual story line was cute but I have to admit that it dragged a little and while I enjoyed it, it just didn’t have that zing that kept me fully invested in the story.

I think the biggest thing that kept me from becoming truly invested in Rachel’s plight is that the townspeople seemed more focus on the fact that Rachel supposedly “cheated” on her ex. The kicker is her best friend, her ex and the guy she liked all knew that was not true! And yet no one could bother telling people that she never cheated on her ex! I can see maybe her ex because his ego was bruised but her best friend especially I felt could have stood up for her if she was really her best friend instead of basically helping to keep her best friend exiled for years. I think if that whole debacle had been left out and the story line just focused on Rachel’s father’s embezzlement it would have worked better for me.

Still it’s a cute read if you are looking for a holiday romance to get you into the holiday mood.

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