Monday, November 25, 2013

Novella Review & Tour: The Christmas Wish

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The Christmas Wish (Heart of Montana, 1.5)
The Christmas Wish by Katy Regnery
(Heart of Montana #1.5)
October 27, 2013
Boroughs Publishing Group
44 pages (novella)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC for Honest review
Book Blurb:
Waitress Tess Branson has earned a bad reputation, and the nickname “Fast Tessie,” as result of her poor judgment where men are concerned. She learned from a young age that men – of all ages – were only interested in one thing, which has made Tess distrustful even though she yearns for love.

Lucas Flynn, the short order cook at the restaurant where Tess works, has just been released on parole. After committing a terrible crime and losing someone he loved, he’s trying to get his life back on track. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a kind, pretty waitress who has problems of her own.

Tess makes a wish on a star one wintry night, but it's going to take a heap of Christmas magic to help it come true!
The Christmas Wish is a novella and can be read as a standalone.  
My Review:

This is a sweet little Christmas novella that is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone. The main characters from the previous novel are very subtly mentioned but without spoilers. If anything, if you enjoy this novella, it will make you want to read the first book, By Proxy, which I loved.

As for The Christmas Wish, this is a sweet story of two people whom society looks down on, but they themselves are so full of hope and warmth, that it is no wonder they are brought together. Tess, the resident "easy" girl in town, who doesn't know what it is to be loved, but in spite of her reputation, Lucas cannot help but see her heart behind the rumors. And Lucas, our "ugly" ex-con, who is a protector of women at heart and a kind and gentle soul, who is looking for a second chance. 

I loved the way that Regnery brought these two characters together, and in the brevity of a novella, was able to develop their characters to a satisfying and endearing end. They felt like well fleshed-out people and I could fully imagine them in my head and grasp their story in my heart. I completely bought into their story and budding relationship. I hope they make a guest appearance in her future books, because they are just so sweet together.

I've already read The Christmas Wish twice, and I can say both times I felt swept into the story and was smiling fondly about the beauty of finding love in any circumstance. If you are looking for a sweet holiday read, with characters that have their own depths, then look no further.


About the Author:

KATY REGNERY, winner of the 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 Maine RWA Everything But the Kitchen Sink contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.

As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec.

Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.

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  1. Jenny, thank you SO MUCH for your awesome review and I am so glad you liked Tess and Lucas's sweet story! Don't you think everyone deserves a chance at love? :) I sure do!

    1. You're welcome! And I completely agree with second chances :)


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