Every year, I am always looking for a Halloween book to read. Since I failed to get through one (IT) this year, I thought I would try my hand at a Christmas book. I asked for suggestions and also looked for some on Good Reads. I stumbled across this one, a little skeptic about how it was going to be. I am happy to say, this one was really good and it has a warm Hallmark movie feel to it! Plus, the main character has my first name so I had to read it!
For Kayla Green, the festivities of Christmas isn’t hard to avoid when you bury yourself in work. When her PR firm takes on a new client, Kayla finds that she may not be able to avoid the holiday this year. Jackson O’Neil runs a family ski resort that needs to be more recognized and suggests that Kayla come stay there to get a good feel for it to better provide a plan to get Snow Crystal on the map. She expected to experience the resort and work through the holidays but she comes to find out that there are more distractions than her handsome client; she finds family and love in the place she least expected.
I had been watching the Hallmark Channel for weeks after Thanksgiving and was wanting a feel good christmas book to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love those movies but there is only so many of them that I can watch before my brain fries. I needed something that I could design myself and work through. That is what I love about reading the most, you are the designer. The author gives you the tools to build the scenes and the characters, you just have to follow their story.
I looked through all kinds of books and suggestions, deciding to give this one a try. I am so glad I did. I liked everything about this book and often found myself reading past my bedtime. This book should definitely end up as a Hallmark Christmas movie; it might already be, they have a ton of movies out there.
My favorite part of the book was the scenes that the author, Sarah Morgan, painted for us. Kayla leaves her congested, New York city life behind for a few weeks and drops herself right into a small town ski resort. There is a drastic difference there, obviously because those two locations couldn’t be more opposite but also in the style of writing that the writer takes on. I found when she was describing Kayla’s NY life and job, the tone was stark and “uptight”. When she was writing about Kayla’s experiences with Jackson in Snow Crystal, the writing was more warm and comforting. Crawling under a blanket with a cup of tea, the fire going and reading this book is absolutely the way to do it.
The snowy scenes, the mountains, the cabins, the forest, animals… Pretty much everything described in this book made me want to pack up my Christmas and move it right up to the mountains just so I can experience what she was. Maybe someday, my husband and family will have a holiday in the snowy mountains 🙂 This book will do that to you because the scenery is so vivid and exciting!
In being a “Hallmark” type book, there is plenty of feel good romance. Though, I often found myself wanting to slap Kayla because she was being closed off or stubborn. If you read this book, you will find out why she was like that but I was super happy when she finally loosened up and let Jackson slowly creep into her heart. Now, there are some sexy scenes in this books, so if you are looking for a holiday read, just a heads up, Morgan doesn’t leave those out. They don’t take away from the book but they don’t add much either. I think they were used by Jackson to break down the walls that Kayla had put up.
There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this book. It was heart warming, charming, adventurous, romantic; everything you would want in a Christmas read. This is only the first book in a series of three, so I will be picking the others up soon!
Set around Christmas, with trees, cooking, decorating and ALL! 🙂
I loved the vivid scene descriptions
Overall: I really really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for something to read (instead of watching Hallmark movies over and over), give this one a try. It will give you the warm fuzzy feeling that made the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes that day 🙂
Rating: 5 out of 5 🙂
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