One Enchanted Christmas: A Novella (Enchanted Christmas Collection Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What to say about this lovely story? Well, first off, I love the her writing style! The descriptions are so unique, but so completely appropriate and give life to words on a page. And the details she continues to include just add even more depth to the town and the characters therein. I also really liked the narrative style to the story. It was quirky and funny, but so completely Melissa. It allowed the book to span a decent amount of time without the story feeling rushed or forced. It also allowed her to fill in gaps quickly, keeping it at novella length.
Maren and Drew are such compelling characters and I really enjoyed their story. Both of them are trying to figure where they belong, while fighting insecurities and questions about if the path they’ve chosen is the right one. I can definitely relate to them and I had to love how audacious Maren was in finally stepping out and chasing the question of “what if?” She made me want to follow in her footsteps, especially if they led me to Maple Valley, too.
Drew is the serious one, who feels as though the whole world rests on his shoulders, or at least the responsibility of his family. I think he wants to fix everything that’s wrong and maybe the past, while he’s at it. But everything he’s trying just keeps coming back at him. He wants to help, but doesn’t know what to do next. I could also very much relate to this and I’m sure many others probably can, as well. I enjoyed watching Maren pull him out of his shell and really get to know him. He needed someone to help shoulder his burdens and she was the perfect person to do that.
Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about the story. Which, if you typically read my reviews, you’ll know that’s rather uncommon. I’m a nitpicker, but not this time. Melissa has done an excellent job with this book and I can’t wait for her next one! Though the word “novella” generally leads me to think a light story without much depth, Melissa delivers so much beyond that expectation. This story has depth, a seriousness behind the light moments that made me stop and think more than once. And despite my being a bit of a Scrooge, I adored this Christmas story!
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa, your snuggliest blanket, slippers (if you wear them), turn on some sweet and light instrumental Christmas music and soak up the warmth from your blazing fire while you read this one.
Colin, Maren, Drew. Just a fun book of unknowns in characters' lives and trying to make decisions and take the leap of following through with some of those decisions.
I loved the writing style of this book. There is a Narrator and then there are scenes with the characters voice. I loved the Narrator. Popping in and giving input or back info. Funny and very cleverly written.
If you’re looking for a Christmas novella that stands from all of the rest without boring you, then look no further. You’ll want to check this one out.
First, it takes place in Maple Valley. What’s not to love about this fictional small town? It’s not only a town where everyone knows everyone and possibly all of the gossip about you, but it’s a town full of Christmas spirit where events are everywhere. Here you’ll get to revisit all of your favorite local spots: Coffee Coffe, The Red Barn (an old bank that was turned into a restaurant), and so many more fun places that we all love. Plus, did I mention the events? Why can’t these events be real?!
Okay, enough about the town. Let’s talk a little about the characters.
Drew and Maren are perfect for each other. They are different in many ways, but each balance each other out beautifully. I enjoyed that Drew is a fixer. He cares about people so much that he will do anything he can to make it better. Except sometimes he has to learn that his help isn’t always wanted and that people need to learn to go things on their own. He has a big heart which makes one swoon. Oh, and Maren is a super fun character too. I loved that she was a bestselling author who had a huge crush on her cover model for her book.
This is a book that will leave you wanting more long after the story is finished. This is a story of hope and of characters trying to figure out what they are meant to do and where they belong. Plus, it’s a quick read that will you flipping through the pages until the very end. I literally read this in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down.
Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this e-book for free on Amazon last year.