It Started With Christmas by Jenny Hale

51mjtH8lfdL._SY346_  Synopsis: Holly McAdams loves spending the Christmas holidays at her family’s cozy cabin, with its little red door and twinkling lights, tucked in the snowy hills outside Nashville. But this year will be different. Someone unexpected is joining them…

After Holly and her beloved Nana struggle through a snow storm to reach the cabin, they discover gorgeous and wealthy Joseph Barnes, who has been renting the cabin for the last few weeks, is now snowed in. And it looks like he’ll be staying for the holidays.

Determined to make the best of the surprise situation, Holly tries to bring everyone together by baking delicious treats and decorating the cabin with plenty of festive sparkle. She finds herself growing close to handsome Joseph, who is unlike anyone she’s ever met before, even if Nana isn’t so keen on the dashing stranger with the mysterious past.

But charming and irresistible musician Rhett Burton is also back in town. Thrown into close proximity with the person who used to be her best friend and the man who broke her heart, Holly realizes it’s time to face her feelings and figure out what she really wants from her life. But to complicate things, both Joseph and Rhett have secrets to reveal…

Will Holly be able to find herself and the love she’s always dreamed of this Christmas?

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: Jenny Hale rarely fails to deliver and once again she has produced an easy to read Christmas book. Sadly I didn’t get time to read it in the lead up to Christmas, so had to take myself back a few months. The main character Holly is likeable and he Nana is one of the most important people so she decides that her Nana and her will spend Christmas at their family cabin in Nashville.

As usual Hale manages to perfectly set the scene of the cabin and I could imagine it in my mind clearly. However, when Nana and Holly turn up at the cabin it seems a guest has overstayed due to the weather and the introduction of the character Joe is made. Joe and Holly hit it off and it seems that this could be a potential date for Holly, but that idea is soon dashed when she realises he is due to get married.

The only thing I would say is that people can be critical saying the story is predictable and so forth, but in honesty I kind of like the fact that you are getting a Romance type Christmas book, it’s kind of what I have come to expect. The addition of Joe’s wife to be Katherine, Holly’s school friend Rhett who is now a global star and a few others you get a real feel for the people living close to the cabin.

To be fair, towards the end I actually wasn’t sure what the author was going to do with the ending but actually what did end up happening was absolutely perfect. This was an enjoyable read, although yes it’s a little detached from reality (but that suits me fine) and is the perfect read on a wet and miserable day.

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