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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Emily Wright introduces readers to Holly Bradfield, who reluctantly goes home after two years of dodging holidays in her childhood town. She misses her brother, Cameron, and grief overwhelms Holly as she notices small things like the park and the bus stop that remind her of her former loved one. Sharing her grief is her neighbor, Vicky Castleton, but Holly hasn't spoken to her since her brother's untimely death. In their teenage years, Vicky had revealed her feelings for Holly, but Holly wasn't ready to embrace that part of herself. Her hesitance left Vicky heartbroken and Holly unable to keep a real romantic connection. Holly tries to mend Vicky's heart, but Vicky's love life is complicated, and it may be too late for Holly to have A Holly Jolly Christmas.
Emily Wright's lesbian romance checks all the boxes for a fantastic holiday read! Mistleberry is a sweet rural town, with caring neighbors and endearing friendships. Wright shows how love and friendship can help a grieving heart. Snow storms and the holiday draw Holly and Vicky together and apart, keeping readers turning the pages until the end. Holly's mother and father provide comic relief in just the right places, and their banter reflects the language many seasoned couples speak. With a climactic New Year on the horizon, readers will be on the edge of their seats, hoping for the chemistry between Holly and Vicky to reignite into a lasting flame. A Holly Jolly Christmas is a great selection for readers who enjoy second-chance love stories with festive elements.