Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl with an impeccable reputation, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss... even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.

My Review

I loved this wintery holiday romance! I felt like there were three facets to the story that resonated with me- the romance, the holiday traditions, and the family dynamics. It was enjoyable getting to know the characters, their flaws and strengths, and how they interacted with each other. Holly's sister teases her but as the story progresses she shows more depth of character as she helps Holly. Her mother is a difficult person- hard to please and motives woven with selfishness and maternal devotion. I liked her father best of all since he reminded me of my own, thoughtful and quiet yet strong- when he speaks, people listen, and his word is final.

Will was charming and I liked that while he wasn't perfect, he had a good heart and tried to do his best. He took joy in participating in the Christmas traditions of old England and I loved learning more about the history of those practices. I felt like I gleaned more details in this book than others in the same genre and setting. Participating in the activities with open pleasure is something Will and Holly have in common, and it was sweet to see them turn from their initial interests and realize how well they are suited. Their chemistry is great and the author skillfully builds the anticipation of something more between them. Highly recommend to fans of Regency romance and holiday themes!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

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