Sunday, November 14, 2021

Review: A Magical Victorian Christmas by Michele Ashman Bell

My rating: 3 stars / I liked it


A new tradition. A season of miracles. And a decision that will change everything.In 1866, Clara Rose lives a quiet life in her hometown of York, until one day a mysterious Christmas tree appears in the town square. Clara is sure something wonderful is about to happen. The town blacksmith’s nephew, Erik Bauer, is new to town, and his ready smile, love of laughter, and handsome face charms her. Just when things couldn’t be more perfect, the most important man in town, Lord-Lieutenant Bradford, takes an interest in Clara and states his intentions of marrying her. Clara’s once simple life becomes very complicated. As Christmas time approaches, a decision must be made. Does she marry Bradford to secure her future, or go against her father’s wishes and marry the man who speaks to her heart?

My Review

I just love stories with a Christmastime setting! The cozy feeling, the traditions, and the spirit of cheer makes them a pleasure to read. This one had a slower pace than I prefer, but I was curious if Clara would grow a spine and overcome the oppression of her situation. The story picked up about halfway through and I grew more interested in the ways that the community rebelled in order to celebrate the holiday. As much as I tried to connect with the characters, I wasn't impressed with Clara or her father as they dealt with the scandal that changed the course of their lives. I wasn't feeling the romance, but I enjoyed the townspeople and was invested enough to finish the book.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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