Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler

Christmas Ever After
by Karen Schaler
Published September 29th 2020 by HawkTale Publishing

From Karen Schaler, the writer of the Netflix phenomenon A Christmas Prince and Hallmark’s Christmas Camp comes this new heartwarming holiday romance. Mamma Mia meets The Bachelorette in Christmas Ever After...

While promoting her next novel, a Christmas love story, author Riley Reynolds is caught off guard when she’s asked during a live national television interview how she can write about romance when she still hasn’t found “the one” herself. Scrambling for an answer, she quickly answers that she has had great love in her past and that love inspired her novels.

Little does she know that this one offhanded remark will turn her world upside down. Three of her ex-boyfriends see the interview, and each, believing she’s talking about him, shows up for her Christmas Camp book event at the Christmas Lake Lodge, determined to rewrite his happily-ever-after with her!

Over the festive weekend, Riley’s old boyfriends compete to win her heart, pulling out all the stops while planning the most romantic Christmas dates on the planet. Despite herself, Riley starts falling for each guy— again—but for different reasons. As Riley revisits each relationship and discovers more about herself, she embraces the magic of Christmas and finally finds true love and her own Christmas ever after...

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4 Stars

Riley Reynolds isn't exactly Scrooge, but she hasn't celebrated Christmas since she was a young girl. Her most recent novel didn't do as well as she had hoped though and her publisher thinks it's time their top romance author gives reader their wish, a Christmas novel. Christmas Camp, a well-known hosted event at gorgeous bed and breakfasts, is the key to getting her holiday juices going. Only, her fans are going to be there and her publicist may have marketed her to everyone as Miss Christmas. With fans to impress, a hunky inn owner to appease, a television mishap turned ex-boyfriend nightmare, and a book to write, Riley has her work cut out for her. Too bad she doesn't know a thing about Christmas.

That's right, I went from applauding one book for not having a Scrooge-y character, to applauding Karen Schaler for writing one. It all depends on the story. Christmas Camp is just a thing I love, I've read similar stories before, but the idea doesn't get old. I would visit one and my non-Grinch hard would also grow three sizes. They're just fun and silly, heartwarming, and in this case, filled with a whole lot of loving. The drama is light, the romance is expected, and the joyous feeling of the season can be found on every page. Okay, it's formula, but my little Christmas book loving heart enjoyed it just as much as I enjoy the cheesy Hallmark movies.

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