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!
Thank you to Marie Landry for the review copy!