Do you ever stumble across a book that looks good, download it to your Kindle, and then never get around to reading it? Just me? Okay. I’ll work on that.
At some point, I downloaded A Husband for Christmas by Paty Jager. The only real reason I didn’t get around to reading it right away was that I don’t really like reading Christmas stories at any other time of the year than December. But when I found myself in a bit of a book hole just after Thanksgiving, that forgotten download was around to save the day!
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From the Cover:
Shayla Halsey wanted to be home for Christmas, but never imagined her travels would include spending the night in a brooding stranger’s cabin. Snowballing events cause her to look inside herself and recognize maybe it wasn’t being home she wanted as much as it was to have a home.
Mace Walker has his life in order and doesn’t want it disrupted again. Yet, when he discovers a woman stranded in the snow, he has to help her—despite her overbearing and reckless fiancé. In a matter of days, Shayla turns his life upside down and forces him to decide if he should leave town or face the consequences.
What I Loved: A Husband for Christmas is a novella, so it’s a nice quick read. It’s the final in a series, but it stand well enough on its own that I didn’t feel I was missing out by not having read the rest of the books.
The characters, if a bit stereotypical, have very distinct personalities. It’s easy to distinguish between them, something I always appreciate in a book.
When it comes to descriptions and scenery, I definitely felt as though I was transported to Oregon in 1904. To make it even better, this was sprinkled in throughout the story so that it was never overwhelming or boring.
What I Didn’t Love So Much: Honestly, there isn’t much! As mentioned above, a few of the characters were stereotypical, but that’s something that’s difficult to develop further in a shorter book.
Rating and Recommendation:
This is a great book for anyone who enjoys historical romance. The Christmas element was there, but not so much that you couldn’t read it any time of the year. It’s a sweet book with a happy ending (yay!) that I highly recommend.
Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.