Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Review: The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery

The Christmas Wedding Guest
by Susan Mallery

Publisher: HQN
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The Somerville sisters believe in love, but they’ve lost faith it will happen for them. Reggie hasn’t been home since the end of the world’s shortest engagement. When her parents decide to renew their vows, she buffs up her twinkle to help with the Christmas wedding. Unexpectedly, Toby, her first love, is back too, and the spark between them shines as brightly as ever. In the spirit of the season, will they let go of past hurts and greet the New Year together?

Done waiting for the one, Dena is pregnant and on her own—on purpose. But then a gorgeous, sad-eyed songwriter checks in to a room at her inn. Micah, unable to write since he lost his wife, finds inspiration in Dena’s determination to be a mom. One snowflake-speckled kiss and he’s a goner. But Dena is afraid to believe that a rock star could fall for a cookie-cutter small-town girl like her.

As the Christmas wedding draws closer, these two sisters just might unwrap the most treasured gift of all—love.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two sisters are back home in a small town in the state of New York as their parents want to plan the wedding that they never had.  One sister, Dena, is in the early stage of a pregnancy that she conceived while single via IUI and is ready to enter parenthood even though the right man hadn't come along.  The other sister, Reggie, is returning to this small town for the first time after a horrible ending to an engagement and was avoiding the small town gossip, but wants to be near her family during the holiday season.    

I have said this before but the addition of the Christmas season to a romance book, just fills my heart!  In this book, there are two romances for the price of one.  Each sister has the chance to fall in love and of course there are ups and downs, but we all know how a romance will end!  While I had to remind myself that I was reading fiction as you have suspend belief a bit, it is all for the sake of a great read.  

I loved that the author included both love stories in this one book.  They were so different, but complimented each other so well.  Both the sisters and their stories were different, there was a rekindled romance and a new romance, but both were sweet and slow burns.  If I am correct, this one didn't have the sexy times, so it is safe to read if you tend to avoid books with the extra physical scenes.  

I read this book as the Thanksgiving season was coming to an end and loved that it was sort of a kick off to my holiday decorating and holiday season.  

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

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 145 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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