The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, it s time to bust out the hot chocolate, put a fire on and snuggle in with some good books Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, then I m jealous of your warmer weather I don t like winter and hate cold weather, which probably contributes to the fact that I very rarely read holiday themed books I m pretty sure I can count the number of holiday wintery books I ve read on one hand However, when I do, I prefer them to be novellas So I was stoked that The Most Wonderful Time of Year by Marie Landry was in novella form.Not only is the author a lovely person, she s also a fantastic writer I ve read her work before, so I was fairly certain I d enjoy this book And I did The Most Wonderful Time of Year was quick and sweet, just how I like my holiday reads when I actually read them.This is a small town story with a great set of characters Ginny loves her town, her job, and her friends But Christmastime has been a little bittersweet since her grandmother passed away I completely connected with Ginny and the relationship she had with her grandmother, because I was a total grandma s girl until she died when I was thirteen Although Ginny is trying to stay in the holiday spirit, it seems like everything is working against her That is, until Dean arrives.Obviously since this is a novella, the romance has to move a little quicker than in a 300 page book Thankfully, it isn t turned into a ridiculously over the top love story Instead, there is some background to their relationship, and it s all very sweet There s also a few surprises along the way.In addition the romance, there are some great friendships It can be hard to get a good feel of the secondary characters in novellas, but it s clear that Ginny has some amazing friends Unfortunately, the same can t be said about her parents, who are definitelyon the selfish side of the spectrum But it all plays out very nicely.Overall, I enjoyed The Most Wonderful Time of the Year a lot, and found it to be perfect for when you want a quick, feel good story Plus, it s only 0.99 Sweet and heartwarming Made me miss my own grandmother, and really put me in the Christmas spirit So, confession time while I loved Christmas as a kid, as a grown up, I can be a bit of a Scrooge However, I LOVE Christmas novels and stories they allow me to live in my perfect Christmas fantasy for a few hours, and then return to my regular grouchy self A good Christmas story makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like I m curling up with a hot cocoa after a picturesque day in the snow, while in reality I never have to leave the relative warmth of December in Los Angeles And Marie Landry s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was the perfect Christmas story It had just the right mix of small town charm, sweet romance, supportive friends, cute kids, a dash of loss and wistfulness, and a generous dose of hope The writing was simple, flowed well and was a joy to read It s hard to say too much about this story without spoiling it, but if you re looking for a few hours of Christmas joy and cheer, this novella will definitely fit the bill Wonderfully well written story about loss, love and Christmas miracles The characters are detailed, realistic and have great interactions The storyline grabbed my attention from the start and held it to the end It was hard to put this book down and I loved this delightful Christmas story.Received copy for review. Marie Landry delivered the perfect little holiday novella with The Most Wonderful Time of the Year It has a small town coffee shop, memories of Christmas with Grandma, snowballs, hot cocoa and a yummy man from our heroine s past Mini review romantic, sweet and filled with holiday spirit.We meet Ginny sometime right before Christmas, on the first snow of the season She owns a coffee shop in the middle of her small town and still lives in the home she was raised in Missing her Grama She is determined to embrace the holiday spirit, but everything that could go wrong does That is until Dean Riley, the man who as a young boy stole her heart shows up in town It is filled with sweet moments, and memories of Christmas and childhood pasts This tale quickly tugged at my heart and I consumed it in a single sitting Bring on the mistletoe, I am feeling festive While, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, is a novella, Landry did a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters, especially Ginny I related to her on so many levels I was very close to my own grandmother and holidays were extra special thanks to the magic she wove Plus, Ginny, owns a coffee shop and when you hear her plans for the future you will quickly want to be her BFF too While Dean wasn t as fleshed out, he was incredibly sweet, romantic and just the kind of guy you would want under your tree Other characters such as Ginny s parents and friends and the cutest little boys or rascals you would ever want to meet help flesh out the tale and add substance to this novella.Novellas can be hit or miss with me, but Landry did an excellent job with the pacing of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year The couple shared a past, helping make the insta love feel genuine and I like how the author paced the tale There were several threads woven into the tale, and you got a sense of the small town and shop I easily connected with the characters and bought into all the gooey goodness Landry shared Those looking for a clean, feel good, holiday romance will find The Most Wonderful Time of the Year offers the perfect afternoon delight.Fans of holiday themed, small town romances, will enjoy The Most Wonderful Time of the Year This was my first read by Landry, and I will certainly be reading her again.Copy received in exchange for unbiased review and originally published Caffeinated Book Reviewer My first Christmas novella ever I believe and thus the best I ve read Really loved it Full review to come Find this review andat Lusty Penguin Reviews The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a thoroughly delightful and heart warming contemporary romance novella by Marie Landry.Still grieving from her grandmother s death, twenty year old Virginia Ginny Bailey tries to make it through the Christmas season with a smile on her face Although Christmas has always been Ginny s favorite holiday, this one has been difficult because she just isn t feeling the magic of Christmas, especially when she learns that her parents and her best friend have other plans for Christmas Ginny is a sweet and loving character who cares for her friends as well as her coworkers at the caf She does her best to be everything to everyone, forgetting to take care of herself too, which I really could relate to Broken hearted about Christmas, Ginny experiences a string of bad luck until she meets her new neighbor, Dean Riley But Dean isn t just a new neighbor, he is the boy Ginny had a crush on when she was fourteen Ginny and Dean sense the spark they had years ago still remains but realize that they are different people now that they ve grown up Taking thing slow, Ginny and Dean do ordinary things to get reacquainted with each other I really enjoyed their dates and meaningful conversations Although the sexual chemistry sizzles between Ginny and Dean, passionate kisses are as far as they go, which was another aspect to this adorable story that captured my heart Now that Dean is part of her life, Ginny understands that she needs to take time to enjoy herself and have fun, which was a wonderful thing to see.With an enjoyable couple that captures the imagination and plot twists that lead to the perfect romantic ending, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a sweet must read Christmas novella that will leave you with a huge smile on your face this holiday season.I received an eBook copy of the book from the author for the purpose of an honest review I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. When Marie put out the call for reviewers for her new book, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I did not hesitate in putting my name down I have adored every book that I have read so far by Marie, she never fails to make me cry within minutes of starting her books, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was no exception Even though I know that I will always end up crying I have to read her books She always has a way of making an emotional connection with the characters and I find it so easy to not only feel that connection with them, but also fall head first into the pages. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is the perfect Christmas book and Virginia is a girl after my own heart, she runs a coffee shop, wants to expand and have a bookshop, and she also loves snow Her Grandma died three years prior, but this year is harder than the previous knowing she will be celebrating the holiday season alone, her parents have booked a last minute holiday and her friend is travelling to her boyfriends house But all is not lost when the new neighbour Dean introduces himself, and pretty soon the sparks begin to fly.The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was a quick read but did not lack for anything It has the perfect blend of romance, friendship and best of all Christmas with lots of snow The pacing is realistic and doesn t feel rushed, and the strong friendships Virginia has with her friends and co workers are evident in every page The Most Wonderful Time of the Year deserves to be read curled up in a comfy chair with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and if my wishes came true, a perfectly timed snowfall.Looking for a book that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, this IS the book. Christmas Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Right At Least That S What Twenty Year Old Ginny Bailey S Grandmother Always Told Her, And Ginny Believed It Until Grama Died She Even Put On A Brave Face The Following Two Christmases, Carrying On Grama S Traditions And Decorating Her House And Caf With Grama S Favorite DecorationsBut Ginny Can T Pretend Any Longer When She Finds Out She S Going To Be Alone For The Holidays This Year, Her Christmas Spirit Goes Out The Window, Along With Her Luck Everything That Can Go Wrong Does, And Ginny Just Wants To Spend The Holidays Hiding Under The Coversuntil Dean Riley Comes Back Into Her Life With Their Shared Past, Old Feelings Begin To Resurface Almost Immediately, And Ginny Thinks Dean Might Just Be The Christmas Miracle She S Been Waiting For To Help Her Remember Why Christmas Really Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year SynopsisChristmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right At least that s what twenty year old Ginny Bailey s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama s traditions and decorating her house and caf with Grama s favorite decorations.But Ginny can t pretend any longer When she finds out she s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the coversuntil Dean Riley comes back into her life With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year My Review This little holiday novella came highly recommended by some trusted friends I put off reading it far too long and should have read it last year It is what you expect, a light and fluffy romance, Landry knew what she was writing and did it well It is a short story that can be read in one sitting but by the time you are done it feels like you read a full length novel She doesn t leave you feeling like you missed something The characters were fully developed and I love how she played it smart and gave them a history before the story began so she didn t have to start at square one and move things along too quickly I particularly loved little Dominic, I want my Munchkin to grow up to be like him All in all it was a fun and pleasant read for this holiday season, now if only it would start snowing

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  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Marie Landry
  • English
  • 05 October 2019

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