Book Title: We’ll Always Have Christmas
Author: Jenny Hale
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Holiday, Romance, Fiction, Christmas
Pub Date: 09/29/17
Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family’s cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everything is changing…
The beloved bakery is facing closure and Noelle needs a miracle to save Christmas.
Determined to raise funds for the family business, Noelle sets about revamping the bakery while juggling a surprise new job, caring for the elderly and cantankerous William Harrington in his luxurious, sprawling mansion.
As Noelle melts the frostiness of the house with cake baking, snowball fights and glittering decorations, she helps William to reconnect with a romance that has spanned decades and unexpectedly finds herself falling for his grandson – the gorgeous but mysterious Alexander Harrington…
In the countdown to Christmas, can Noelle save the bakery, reunite a family and create some magical memories of her own along the way?
I am a complete newbie to Jenny Hale’s books, but I have to say after the warmth and friendliness she exuded during our move to Virginia, I knew her books would contain the same endearing qualities. While she may not live in the same state as I do anymore, I still felt it was finally time to support one of my own, and I’m so glad that I did! I don’t typically read lighthearted stories, but after a long string of doom and gloom it was a breath of fresh air to be able to submerge myself in a different type of story. Why do I read such varied genres you may ask? Well, they both help me to escape in a sense; the dark fiction is a way to transport myself into a world that reminds me just how good I have it in my own, and the upbeat, happy stories are a way to get lost in a romantic, feel good place where it feels like Christmas even if it’s only just now fall.
Sometimes you just need a new spin on a classic story, and that’s exactly what I felt We’ll Always Have Christmas offered. The book held firm to many of the plot characteristics that readers are looking for in an uplifting romance, but the characters were their own and that is what made this book memorable. I could completely see this becoming a Hallmark Movie, as is another of Hale’s Christmas books this winter, and if you enjoy these types of inspirational novels that contain life changing storylines for the characters, you’re in for a treat. This is the type of story to make you believe in miracles; the blurb gives you more than enough detail to decide if this is your type of read, and I won’t take away the joy you’ll feel by spoiling you experiencing these relationships blossom, both romantic and platonic, as you following along Noelle’s journey of learning and love. If you are as emphatic about the holidays as I am, then you’ll want to get your hands on We’ll Always Have Christmas; I would highly recommend saving it for a chilly day where you can wrap up in a cozy blanket with a warm cuppa and stay put until you finish. ❤
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.
Jenny Hale is a USA Today and Amazon best-selling author of romantic women’s fiction. The film adaptation of her novel Coming Home for Christmas will air on the Hallmark Channel this year. Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family.