Thursday, December 2, 2021

Review: The Winter Berry House by Caroline Flynn

The Winter Berry House
by Caroline Flynn 

Publisher: HQ Digital
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  It’s the beginning of December, and the town of Port Landon is covered with snow and glowing with festive cheer. Working at the Port diner, Kait Davenport is counting down to Christmas the same way she does every year, serving fruitcake and cinnamon flavored coffee.

But when she unexpectedly runs into her high school sweetheart, Branch Sterling, she knows this Christmas is going to be different.

The holiday season marks the first anniversary of his beloved Grandma Addie’s passing, and Branch must face the task he has been putting off for so long… It’s time to return to the house he’s inherited – the house he once called home – and make peace with his loss.

Branch is determined to lay his painful memories to rest and finally move on. But he has rekindled a fire in Kait’s heart, and when she offers to help him recreate Grandma Addie’s legacy Christmas dinner for the whole town, their hope for a second chance burns bright.

Will Kait convince Branch that he belongs in Port Landon, and that their love is just as strong as their Christmas spirit?

Kritters Thoughts:  Kait has stayed in the small town that raised her, even after a lot of drama could have driven her to run and start over.  She is working at a diner in her small town of Michigan and in walks a former love who was a part of the drama and is back to take care of a house he inherited, will the past be rekindled or have they both moved on?

I love holiday romances because they still follow the romance guidelines, but everything just seems a little extra (in a good way) with the heightened addition of a holiday season.  This book felt like it could have taken place at any time of year, but I liked it more because it had Christmas lurking in the background.  

For me there were a few moments where I literally rolled my eyes at the main character, Kait.  A few moments she just wasn't believable and I wanted her to act differently and more so then I feel with a typical fictional character.  Without completely spoiling the book, there were things said by another character that she took as truth and I just wanted to say - "Hello girlfriend, really, you are trusting him!"  Those moments made me distracted, but overall she was a fine character to follow.  

I would read more by this author in hopes that this character trait would not show up again in another story.   

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 132 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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