Friday, November 12, 2021

Review: Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen

Celebration at Christmas Cove
by Carrie Jansen

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Travel magazine writer Celeste Bell is in a terrible mood. Not only was her flight to the Caribbean diverted to a Massachusetts island, now it looks like she'll have to spend Christmas there. Single and still mourning the loss of her mother a year earlier, Celeste is desperate to avoid any emotional entanglements and all holiday festivities. She just doesn't feel like celebrating.

But that's exactly what community center director Nathan White and his young daughter, Abigail, want to do. Nathan is entirely focused on making sure that his daughter has a happy Christmas, especially with the knowledge that if he can't raise money for the community center soon, it will close and they'll have to leave the island. When he meets Celeste, Nathan begins to feel a connection and wonders if he's brave enough to risk his heart once more.

Thawing their frozen hearts and saving the community center will require a Christmas miracle. But 'tis the season....

Kritters Thoughts:  Celeste Bell is still the mourning the loss of her mother who died a year earlier and is not ready to confront the holiday season, so she takes an assignment that will give her a few days of vacation in the Caribbean, but this trip is interrupted by flights and weather and all sorts of things!  She lands on an island off Massachusetts and is enveloped in this small town and the Christmas season is far different from what she could have predicted.  Nathan White lives on this island and runs the community center that really is the center of this island and hosts a number of activities both during the holiday season and throughout the year.  He lost a big funding opportunity and is worried about the future of the center and of him and his daughter when Celeste blows into his life.  

One of my favorite things about the cooler weather is being able to dive into the many Christmas holiday books, especially the romance ones!  I love the sweet journey these books take you on while also adding in the perfect amount of Christmas cheer.  Nathan and Celeste were the perfect characters to play opposite each other in this small town that was a character in and of itself.  It felt as though they each had something the other needed in order to heal and get through the things that they were each going through during the holiday season.  

From what I can find this is a debut from this author, but I sure hope she has more books to come and maybe even more that take place on this sweet island.  I wouldn't mind reading a book that takes place during the summer months and see how different this island can be when the summer months create different activity.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 139 out of 100

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