Welcome to Advent Reads!
This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now. Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!
Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley/ Love Debbie Macomber's holiday books!
Synopsis: "A young workaholic avoiding home for the holidays discovers that you can't run away from who you are--a heartfelt Christmas novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Everly Lancaster always dreamed of leaving her hometown in rural Illinois. Now she helps run a burgeoning startup in Chicago, where her professional goals leave little time for friends...or a vacation.
When a massive snowstorm hits, Everly's mother urges her to come home for Christmas, but she hesitates to return to the life she's worked so hard to escape. Searching for other holiday plans, Everly tasks her assistant with booking her a cruise--the perfect getaway. Embarking on a weeklong tour of the Amazon guided by charming naturalist Asher Adams, Everly slowly but surely begins to realize that relationships are more important than work--and just might decide to journey home just in time for Christmas Day.
Debbie Macomber's signature wintry warmth shines in this holiday delight."
My Review: Debbie Macomber has become a holiday staple for me. It doesn't feel like the Christmas season until I have read her new holiday release. I was lucky enough to get to read this one a little early and it was a great way to get me into the spirit (and get my holiday shopping started early). I felt connected Everly immediately, the constant weight of the business on her shoulders and lack of time to take an actual vacation. Then the vacation she does get isn't quite what she had hoped for or needed. While this book doesn't feel real Christmassy at first, give it time, it does get there. We do get that classic coming home, family and small town feel good Christmas feeling and it is so worth it. Asher seems like a perfect hero from the get-go but he has quite the personal journey to go on and while we don't get to see a lot of it, I do like he growth. This was another great holiday read, different from so many others I have read; yet it still had all the feelings I hoped to have.
My Rating: This was a bit different than other Christmas stories I have read, it didn't dive right into the season but instead we spend half the book in a rain forest. With that said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and got all the feels I have come to expect from Debbie Macomber during the holidays. I give it a rating of Four Paws!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley. The above is my honest review and opinion.
You can find out more about Debbie Macomber and all of her books including her holiday books on her Goodreads Page or Website.
Jingle All the Way was just released this fall so you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or request it from your local bookstore or library.