My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sometimes all love needs is a second chance.
Morning television show darling Emma Sutton has just been fired. The only way to get her job back is to find a holiday story to warm the coldest heart. So when her hometown of Sugar Creek, Arkansas, needs a Christmas event planner, Emma moves back, sure her story lies in the town’s desire to become a tourist’s holiday wonderland. The plan is perfect—until Emma meets her new boss.
Charming, handsome Noah Kincaid isn’t just Sugar Creek’s newest mayor. He’s also Emma’s ex-fiancé. Ten years ago Emma left Noah her ring and a goodbye note, but it’s haunted her ever since. The last thing Noah wants to do is work with the woman who broke his heart, but Emma’s desperate to prove to him that her bah-humbug ways won’t interfere with her work.
Emma finds it’s more than the mistletoe drawing her back to Noah. Whatever they had is clearly not over, but Noah’s kisses can’t protect Emma from a past that won’t leave her alone. As the snow falls and the trees glisten, love will come to Sugar Creek. But will it come in time to make all of Emma’s Christmas dreams come true?
First off, I just want to say that I love Jenny B. Jones's writing style and all the books of hers that I have read so far I have loved! You can't even imagine how excited I was to win this book the day after Christmas - it was like that extra surprise that I wasn't expecting after such a perfect holiday!
With that said, this novella was no exception! It was a perfectly Christmassy read, and it was so well written that it didn't even feel like a novella. It never felt rushed, the characters were very well developed, and the message was clear and resounding! I was transported to the growing Christmas town of Sugar Creek, surrounded by the fun Sylvie and Frannie, the handsome and sweet Noah, and the citizens that wanted Christmas to be special.
I loved how Emma's emotions were so well portrayed. While a Scrooge like attitude can sometime be extremely annoying, I understood her emotions and why she was that way. I really hoped she would change of course, and who better to help her than Noah and her family? Her journey to realizing that Christmas is more than commercialism at its height - it can be magical too - was such a fun ride to follow and there were so many laugh out loud moments!
The themes of forgiveness and love were heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and beautiful, and empowering. Finding your faith and discovering what you truly want and what is truly important are the key to happiness.
If you are looking for an amazing Christmas story full of heart, depth, power, witty and adorable attraction, that will make you laugh, then this book should be put at the top of your TBR pile because Jenny B. Jones has done it again! Prepare to curl up with that cup of hot chocolate and cozy blanket on a cold snowy day (or snowless in some cases, but don't worry there's plenty of snow coming your way while you read)! A magical sleigh ride, and a love lost and found are also coming your way - just thought that might be icing on top of the cake of enticement!