Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Book Review)

Disclosure of material of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

Alexis Blake set out to restore a neglected building. What she didn't expect was to restore a life...
Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Heart and Home Network and nothing—not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer—is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and save Christmas memories from being lost forever?

My thoughts-

Something about October always has me ready to start reading Christmas themed novels to get in the holiday. I love everything about the holiday season, including Halloween and Thanksgiving, the fall and winter weather, all of the carnivals and pumpkin patches and fun, but Christmas is the big celebration at the end that all of the rest lead up to. Restoring Christmas is the second Christmas themed novella I have read already this year and it was exactly the type of book I love to get me in the  holiday spirit. Right away I could tell I was going to be head over heels for Gabe. He is charming AND funny, two of my top criteria for an attractive and all around good guy, and for me a good romance is a essential part of a great Christmas feel good story. It's such a romantic time of year! I also liked the main element of the book being about fixing up a house for someone who doesn't even want it, it makes for some great tension and gives us a good story to want more from. Alexis is a likable character who you cheer for because you can tell she has a good heart and her intentions are good. I loved seeing her interact with Gabe as they got to know each other as designer and cameraman, and as people. I recommend Restoring Christmas to anyone who enjoys a good seasonal story about hope, love, and kindness. 

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