Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: The Night Before Christmas by Mary McNear

The Night Before Christmas
by Mary McNear

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 112
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:   Butternut Lake is so beautiful at Christmas—from the delightfully decorated shops, to the cozy homes with their twinkling lights outside, to the lake itself. And this year so much is happening!

A wedding: Caroline meticulously plans her perfect Christmastime dream wedding to Jack, remarrying him after many years apart.

A baby: Allie and Walker are expecting the best Christmas gift of all—their first baby together.

A reunion: Daisy, Caroline and Jack's daughter, is returning home after a long semester away at college.

But what's Christmas without complications? Walker smothers Allie with worry; Daisy pines for her true love, Will, away in the army. And then the unthinkable happens—and Caroline's wedding plans are ruined.

And just when it seems all is lost, the people of Butternut Lake come together to give their friends the greatest gifts of all. . . .

Kritters Thoughts:  The Butternut Lake series is a series that can be read out of order as each book centers around a different resident whether they be new to the lake or not, so as this book is technically 2.5 in the series, I have read the whole series minus #3 and may have to remedy that soon!

Set during the holiday season this novella centers around Caroline and Jack who have reconnected after decades apart and have decided to marry again and start new.  Their daughter comes home to celebrate and there are a few secrets and surprises in store for this short and sweet book.  

I am usually antsy about novellas that are a part of a series that I love and adore but this one stood up to the full novels.  I loved getting a glimpse of this community during the winter season because the rest of the series that I have read take place in the peak of summer season as the lake community has quite a bit of visitors and things going on.  

My review of this short and sweet novella will be short and sweet, I loved it.  I didn't regret for one minute that this was a novella and in fact I kind of liked to read something that I could curl up and finish in just one sitting.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel (and got one!)

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 19 out of 50
   (read this back in June, hence the number is out of order)

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