Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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I guess it sort-of screws things up when Trish is all ready to belatedly tell off that jerk Ian who used to torment her back in adolescence–only to find that this jerky guy is rather appealing now, for more than one reason.
Oh, and it also doesn’t help much that Ian’s no longer a jerk.
Author Christine S. Feldman’s Christmas novella, Pastels and Jingle Bells, has the kind of premise that can make for a quick, pleasant, forgivably flat, and rather forgettable read. Now, quick, it is. Pleasant, it is. But flat or likely to be forgotten about as soon as you’ve flipped the last page? Ah, not so much!
This funny, romantic little book builds on its premise with substance: not the kind to weigh the reader down but enough to make the story more than just something kind-of cute. There’s loving anger and empathy, nicely developed connections between characters, and not all humorous stories get actual, audible laughter out of me, but this one did.
A smart and engaging opening to a series I plan on continuing.
Pastels and Jingle Bells is the first novella in the Heavenly Bites series. I’ve also read and reviewed Novella #2, Love Lessons.