Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Review: Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin

Home For Christmas
by Holly Chamberlin 

Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  In a charming Maine seaside town, a single mother longs to create a memorable Christmas for her two daughters--and receives a chance to make her own wishes come true . . .

At first glance, Nell King's cozy home in Yorktide seems a step down from the impeccably decorated Boston house she shared with her husband. But in the six years since he abruptly left to marry another woman, Nell and her almost-grown daughters have found real happiness here. Now, faced with what may be their last Christmas together, Nell feels anxious. She gave up her own ambitions when she married. With the daily obligations of motherhood coming to an end, what role is left for her to fill?

Twenty-one-year-old Molly worries about sacrificing her independence the way her mother did. Should she stay in Maine with her dependable boyfriend, or move to the city and prove herself? Felicity, meanwhile, is torn between loyalty to Nell and wanting to spend time with her glamorous stepmother. Nell is eager to make this holiday picture-perfect. But there's a complication--and an opportunity . . .

Nell's first love, now a successful novelist, is in town for a book signing. As the two rekindle their friendship, Nell confronts the choices she once made in the name of stability. And as the days unfold with revelations and unexpected gifts, this Christmas promises to herald a bright new beginning.

Kritters Thoughts:  Another series where I hopped in the middle as this is book seven in a series.  After researching I knew I could hop in as each book centers around a different character in this small town in Maine.  Nell King moved to Yorktide in a transitional time in her life as her husband had left to pursue a relationship with a different woman and she wanted a new home for her and her girls.  Now her girls are older and are on the cusp of leaving home and Nell is seeing this Christmas as one of the last and must make it more than perfect if it is the final one.  

I am not a parent, so the empty nest syndrome isn't something I will experience, but while reading this book it made me think of my parents and the feelings they felt as my sister prepared to leave the house and then as we had spouses and had to juggle having more than one commitment around the holidays.  I think this book would be a great read for someone who is cherishing a holiday season that could look like the last of the current normal and a new normal is on the horizon.    

I loved that while Nell is a mom and she finds that to be a part priority for her life, she was also seeing the other side of an empty home with the flourishing of a old/new relationship and maybe the positive of a new season brewing.  

This was a great book and another one where at the end, I wanted to dive further into the series and read more from this small town and possibly see Nell through a different lens and another person's story.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 120 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  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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