Author: Marie Landry
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations.
But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers...until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, it’s time to bust out the hot chocolate, put a fire on and snuggle in with some good books. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, then I’m jealous of your warmer weather. I don’t like winter and hate cold weather, which probably contributes to the fact that I very rarely read holiday themed books. I’m pretty sure I can count the number of holiday/wintery books I’ve read on one hand. However, when I do, I prefer them to be novellas. So I was stoked that The Most Wonderful Time of Year by Marie Landry was in novella form.
Not only is the author a lovely person, she’s also a fantastic writer. I’ve read her work before, so I was fairly certain I’d enjoy this book. And I did! The Most Wonderful Time of Year was quick and sweet, just how I like my holiday reads (when I actually read them).
This is a small town story with a great set of characters. Ginny loves her town, her job, and her friends. But Christmastime has been a little bittersweet since her grandmother passed away. I completely connected with Ginny and the relationship she had with her grandmother, because I was a total grandma’s girl until she died when I was thirteen. Although Ginny is trying to stay in the holiday spirit, it seems like everything is working against her. That is, until Dean arrives.
Obviously since this is a novella, the romance has to move a little quicker than in a 300+ page book. Thankfully, it isn’t turned into a ridiculously over the top love story. Instead, there is some background to their relationship, and it’s all very sweet. There’s also a few surprises along the way.
In addition the romance, there are some great friendships. It can be hard to get a good feel of the secondary characters in novellas, but it’s clear that Ginny has some amazing friends. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about her parents, who are definitely more on the selfish side of the spectrum. But it all plays out very nicely.
Overall, I enjoyed The Most Wonderful Time of the Year a lot, and found it to be perfect for when you want a quick, feel good story. Plus, it’s only $0.99!