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Happily This Christmas (Happily Inc, 6) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2021
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"Susan Mallery never disappoints."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Mallery is one of a kind."—RT Book Reviews
"[Mallery] will appeal to fans of women's fiction, especially such friendship books as Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club." —Booklist
PRAISE FOR HAPPILY THIS CHRISTMAS
"Happily This Christmas brings out the best in Susan Mallery’s arsenal of family-centric storytelling. Looking for a book that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart? Look no further...It is sure to brighten your day and this holiday season, guaranteed!." —Fresh Fiction
"It’s a heart-warming story about new love, new beginnings and new life in the unique way that only Susan Mallery can write. In other words, it is a great holiday read." —Red Carpet Crash
About the Author
- Publisher : HQN; First Time Paperback edition (October 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1335418776
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335418777
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.75 x 0.81 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,198,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HtC is about Wynn Beauchene, her son Hunter, and Garrick McCabe; and eventually, his visiting pregnant daughter, Joylynn. Wynn and Garrick don’t really know each other very well, they are just neighbors who nod and say ‘hello’, but he shows up on her doorstep asking for her help.
I won’t retell the story; I’m not any good at it. Suffice it to say, the first few chapters are HILARIOUS. The first in-house conversation between Wynn and Garrick had me in tears I was laughing so hard. And then we move on to the shopping trip… Just trust me. You have to read it.
Wynn has some soul-searching to do while she works on this…new closeness she is experiencing with Garrick. And Garrick has much to work on in his relationship with his daughter and IMHO, his self-confidence, before these two can work on an HEA. There are some very touching scenes for Garrick as he tries to once again get closer to his daughter but she really acts…like a toddler (again, IMHO) and he gets the short end of the stick. Thru it all, he and Wynn muddle thru life together, until they don’t. I think folks were a wee bit harder on Garrick than they needed to be. Again, I thought Wynn acted just as stoopidly but as it happens, most folks side with her. But all goes well and we get a wonderful holiday story that made me laugh, made me cry (from laughing and sadness), and made smile and sigh at the ending. Oh yeah. Can’t forget about the fur baby crashing the party… Read it. You won’t be sorry.
Single mom Wynn Beauchene lives next door to Garrick McCabe, the local police chief. Both have shied away from serious relationships because of events in their pasts. Garrick's 21 year old married, pregnant daughter is coming to visit, and while the two are estranged, Garrick desperately wants to reconnect with his daughter. He turns to Wynn for advice on decorating his house and how to warm things up with his daughter. That's not the only relationship that warms up!
Of course there are problems along the way for both Garrick and his daughter as well as Garrick and Wynn. Romance novels often have a final hurdle for the couple to overcome. Here, Garrick says the wrong thing to Wynn, but what I found unlikely is that he couldn't figure out what he said wrong. This bone-headed statement comes from Garrick, who as police chief instantly analyzes, understands the problem, and gives sage advice to one of his deputies who brings a marital problem to Garrick. The same Garrick who takes a week to figure out what he said wrong to Wynn!
One beautiful homage to service members comes when one of Garrick's daughter Joylynn' friends from the Marine base is marrying a fellow Marine, and the Happily Inc. community pitches in to give the couple an amazing wedding. The five co-best men are all real Marines, who shared with Ms. Mallery (and she shared with fans last year) how her books helped them thru their deployment in the Middle East. She honored these five Marines by including them in the book. Semper Fi!
Despite my concern with Garrick's lack of awareness, this is an amazing book, perfect for the holidays. Highly recommended!