Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review: Christmas From the Heart by Sheila Roberts

Christmas From the Heart
by Sheila Roberts

Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Sometimes you need to look beyond the big picture to see what really matters

Olivia Berg's charity, Christmas from the Heart, has helped generations of families in need in Pine River, Washington, but this year might be the end of the road. Hightower Enterprises, one of their biggest donors since way back when Olivia's grandmother ran the charity, has been taken over by Ebenezer Scrooge the Second, aka CFO Guy Hightower, and he's declared there will be no more money coming to Christmas from the Heart.

Guy is simply being practical. Hightower Enterprises needs to tighten its belt, and when you don't have money to spare, you don't have money to share. You'd think even the pushy Olivia Berg could understand that.

With charitable donations dwindling, Olivia's Christmas budget depends on Hightower's contribution. She's focused her whole life on helping this small town, even putting her love life on hold to support her mission.

When Guy's Maserati breaks down at the edge of the Cascade foothills, he's relieved to be rescued by a pretty young woman who drives him to the nearby town of Pine River. Until he realizes his rescuer is none other than Olivia Berg. What's a Scrooge to do? Plug his nose and eat fruitcake and hope she doesn't learn his true identity before he can get out of town. What could go wrong?

Kritters Thoughts:  I may have said this already this season, but if you are a fan of those Hallmark Christmas movies, then this book is right up your alley.  With a little bit of cheesiness and just the right amount of romance, this book is just right for the holiday season.

Olivia Berg has been running a charity for awhile, but it is so close to her heart because her mother who recently passed away also ran this charity in this small town in Washington state.  They have relied on the same donors for years to be able to make Christmas joyful for all of their residents, especially those who are living on shoe string budgets.  One big corporate donor has decided not to donate this year and with that they will be missing funding and won't be able to do everything they wish, so Olivia has to get creative.  At the same time she ends up rescuing a man stranded on the side of the road and he could possibly have some deep pockets to help fill the gap for this organization, and of course drama ensues . . . 

I completely adored this book.  With the giving theme in this book fitting right into the reason for the season, I felt like it was perfect as a Christmas book.  I loved the bit of deception by Guy Hightower, thought it was perfect and cheeky!  As all romance books have, there has to be drama before the reader can get to the real happy ending and this one felt real and no where near soap opera level!  

This was a great read, I want more of this!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 54 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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