Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

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. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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When Krista lands a city manager position, she and her little girl relocate to Winter Hill. But not everyone in the holiday-oriented small town makes Krista feel the most welcome, including on her job. And the town’s famous Christmasville celebration is coming up, requiring Krista’s involvement—even though her rough history has given her plenty of reasons not to care for the holiday in Christmas in Winter Hill by author Melody Carlson.

First off, to make it clear, just in case: this holiday tale isn’t a romance. Yes, it does have a Hallmark feel that includes a romantic thread, but the story’s focus is on Krista’s career and the need she shares with her daughter to have a place to belong.

I found this to be rather basic, predictable reading, both in regard to the plot and the character types, though I was pleased with Krista’s business sense and how she (mostly) isn’t timid where her job is concerned. The general cloud of townsfolk come off as prejudiced and pouty about getting their way, and the read becomes schmaltzy and redundant at times, especially toward the fast and drastic heightening of Krista’s difficulties in the climax and the fairly rushed resolution and conclusion.

Yet, it’s good that the difficulties are based on serious issues, so the main characters aren’t merely having an overemotional or trivial kind of experience. And even when it gets serious, the story isn’t dark or hard to digest. It’s an easy and comfortable tale that’s absolutely steeped in Christmas, and a thorough Christmassy steeping is exactly what I was after.

Many fans of quick and uplifting holiday reads with faith woven in should enjoy this one.


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