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by Jennifer Hayden

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Romance
Author: Jennifer Hayden
ISBN: 1481031171
ISBN13: 978-1481031172
Language: English
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 21, 2012)
Pages: 244
Fb2 eBook: 1144 kb
ePub eBook: 1827 kb
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Welcome to Noel, Montana, where it's Christmas 365 days a year! The idea of a town that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year is lost on Hope Tavener......until she finds herself in the small town of Noel, Montana. Intending to spend only a day or two tying up the loose ends of her recently deceased grandmother's will, Hope has no idea what is in store for her. Eccentric townspeople, a mother with an agenda and more Christmas "spirit" than she can handle, soon make her visit to Noel far more interesting than she ever expected. As if she doesn't have enough problems, she finds herself falling for the town's gorgeous mayor. Tucker Reed is not her type.....or is he? Before long, Hope finds herself in a battle to save not only her grandmother's beloved bakery, but also her heart.
Comments to eBook Hope For Christmas
This book is OK, but a little uneven as to its "voice," and thus, target audience. It starts out like a Hallmark movie, very cute and endearing (but not cloying). It's set in Noel, Montana, a town that sounds like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The folks all know each other's business, which of course is annoying, but the upside of it is that you actually have friends who care about you and will come to your aid when you're in trouble. It's clear from the very outset that Hope is going to wind up staying in Noel, although she's a "city girl" from Seattle. The only tension comes from what's going to add up to make this the obvious choice. There are a handful of underdeveloped characters here, including the obligatory "hot guy," a mom & daughter duet who run Hope's Grandmother's bakery. There is also the bad mother/daughter relationship btwn Hope and her mom, and the bad father/son relationship btwn "hot guy" and his Dad. Neither of these amount to much more than Psych101 when it comes to explaining what makes Hope or him who they are. But then, the story goes WAY off from Hallmark and describes steamy sex scenes btwn the two after knowing each other for two days and doing nothing but needling each other--corny and unbelievable, as well as cutting out all the grannies out there who otherwise might enjoy the story. Then the book reverts back to Hallmark mode when it ties up all the lose ends: Hope and her mother have a heart to heart and begin the "road to recovery," as do hot guy and his Dad. Even the daughter from the bakery "cuts her mother's apron strings and moves to the big city." There are some nice scenes in the book, and it does reinforce the very xmas theme that home is where the heart is. But it's way too choppy otherwise.
I was unfamiliar with this author but decided to try her book, based upon the synopsis. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.

Some of the reviews of this book disagreed about whether or not this was a sweet romance. Some reviewers thought the book vacillated between being a Hallmark sweet romance, and one with enough salacious sex to offend the Hallmark granny audience. I feel that it was a sweet romance, but not a totally clean one. At sixty-five years old, I qualify for the granny set and I saw nothing offensive about this book. The sex scenes were few, mild, and fit within the storyline without overwhelming it. I would have no problem letting my teenage granddaughter read this book. Romance readers who want an absolutely clean book these days should probably just look for Christian romance labels and accept the fact that most mainstream romance books will have some level of sex, even those considered to be sweet. Sweet is not the same as perfectly clean.

This book had some heartwarming value messages. The hero is a good grandson who left a very high paying law practice and moved closer to his grandmother. His purpose was to run her bar, which she loved but could no longer manage, and to look out for her by enabling her to stay in her home and maintain her independence. The heroine shows regret for not being there for her grandmother in life and she leaves a high paying career to honour her in death. She follows her grandmother's wishes to keep her beloved bakery running, when she and her mother could have made a huge profit by selling it. As well, people in the town may know everyone else's business, but they care for and look out for one another.

Some reviews criticized the book's predictability. It's a romance. It's supposed to be predictable. That's why most people read them. Boy meets girl or same sex couple meet, there is some kind of conflict, boy and girl or same sex couple fall in love, conflict gets resolved, boy and girl or same sex couple get married, boy and girl or same sex couple live happily ever after. Of course, there is a lot more to a romance book than that, but it essentially follows that scenario every time. If it doesn't, it isn't a romance book. So, yes, this book was predictable, which I view as a positive quality.

This was a light, "feel good" romance that was fairly well written. The writing mechanics weren't perfect but they weren't too bad, and certainly weren't severe enough to spoil the story, unless one is a perfectionist when it comes to writing mechanics. I definitely have a cutoff point where I toss a book with egregious errors, but this one wasn't even close to my personal threshold. However, everyone has their own threshold, which is fair enough.

Other aspects of the story, such as characterization, dialogue, and plot were quite good. Characters, (including a couple of dead ones) :-), came to life, the dialogue flowed smoothly and fit the various characters, moods, and situations, the plot wasn't complex but it was entertaining.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a heartwarming, sweet, "feel good" romance that isn't absolutely clean but doesn't rate as highly sensuous. The characters definitely engaged me and held my interest, making this book an excellent read for the beach or a winter's day.
Hope Tavener is in a small town called Noel in Montana, a place where there is Christmas all year round. She's there strictly on business for her mother, Holly, a woman who refused to come back to the town even for her own mother's funeral. Holly is the owner of her mother's house and the bakery there, and she wants them sold. She entrusted her mother's friend and neighbour, Agnes, to do the selling. However, Agnes (and her dead friend, Evie) had other plans.

Tucker Reed is the town hunk, bar owner and acting Mayor. He's an all-around nice guy who looks after his ninety-one year old grandmother (Agnes) as well as helping out whenever/wherever he can. The women of Noel fall down at his feet because of his looks and his nice guy demeanor, but he can't commit to any of them. To him, none of them are entanglement worthy...that is until he meets Hope. Of course, this little fact doesn't help her to be popular with the women-folk of Noel.

Hope is staying at her grandmother's house, but she isn't alone. Evie has been visiting her, talking to her and scaring the crap out of her. Evie and Agnes have been conspiring for years to get Hope to Noel. Now that she is finally there, they can set their plan into motion.

What could an old woman and a ghost want with Hope? Will their plans work out or fall flat? Will Hope ever be accepted in Noel?

This book was a real little treat. Christmas is an amazing time of year, but living in a town where there is Christmas carols, Christmas lights on every house and touristy shops that cater to everything Christmas all year round, would seemingly get old after awhile...yet, I found that I might like to visit this place...to maybe even live there.

Tucker and Hope were so amazingly good together and I loved the sexual tension between them. I found myself wondering what Evie's plans were and why she felt she needed Hope there. I found that I couldn't put this book down, it was so good.

For a sweet Christmas read this year, Hope For Christmas would be it. 5 stars!
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