Miss Brown's Christmas

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
94 Pages
Reviewed on 11/30/2022
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Robert Valle’s charming Christmas read, Miss Brown's Christmas, involves a beautiful romance with a mysterious twist. While working at the New York Public Library, Emily meets Tim, a shy man and like Emily, a newcomer to the city. After a painful breakup, Emily left everything behind to start anew. Though she could travel back home for Christmas, distressing memories kept her away from Pennsylvania. She still remembered and missed her hometown’s magical Christmas seasons. Tim had come to New York after accepting a great job offer. Since meeting Emily at the library, he had been intrigued by her but had been too shy to learn more about her. This Christmas, both had planned to celebrate the season alone but an unexpected invite changes their plans and grants them a wonderful miracle.

A story of hope, surprises, and new beginnings, Miss Brown's Christmas is a heart-warming and uplifting holiday story that celebrates the meaning of the Christmas season. I loved the beautiful images included in the book and its lovely characters. Together with the atmospheric descriptions of New York scenes during Christmas, they create a magical backdrop for the story. I also loved the kind Mr. Niels and enjoyed the story’s optimistic ending. The tale explores other important themes such as reconciliation, love, and forgiveness which are especially relevant to the holiday season. A wonderful read that beautifully captures the spirit of Christmas, Robert Valle has provided a splendid holiday-themed romance that readers will love.

Nino Lobiladze

Miss Brown’s Christmas by Robert A. Valle invites us to spend Christmas in New York. Emily Brown, a librarian with a degree, came there looking to mend her broken heart as her ex-boyfriend Dan had left her just before the previous Christmas. To compound her unhappiness, her father disapproved of her, adding to her inner conflict. Emily managed to find a job at the New York Public Library, a famous and historical institution. With Christmas approaching, she finds herself alone in the big city. A frequent visitor to the library named Tim has an air of kindness about him. Emily hopes for a new friendship and they experience wonderful encounters while snow covers the city in anticipation of Christmas.

Miss Brown’s Christmas is an excellent holiday gift for those who love short books and enjoy romances with a touch of the supernatural. This amazing novella, the second installment in a series, will give you a warm feeling, just like the mulled wine that one of the characters, the mysterious Niels, served to Emily and Tim. Robert A. Valle avoids sugarcoating the Christmas turmoil, for in reality the city is big and cold and the crowds can be impersonal. The common theme of the story is kindness, and I appreciated it so much as the author shows that there is always hope for those who feel lonely and vulnerable. It was great to learn the new and interesting facts about Christmas that Valle added to the story. I loved the smooth narrative and simple yet engaging writing style. The final twist to this beautiful story turned out to be fascinating and unexpected.

Pikasho Deka

Miss Brown's Christmas is a short novella by Robert Valle. Emily Brown has no particular plans for this year's Christmas holidays. Since she started working at the New York Public Library, Emily can't help but feel loneliness amid the hustle and bustle of the hectic city. She had recently moved from Pennsylvania after a fight with her father and breaking up with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Tim Barrett's recent move from Columbus, Ohio, in search of a better-paying job didn't quite turn out the way he thought it would. But a chance encounter with an elderly man named Neils unites these two lost souls on Christmas Eve, leading to an instant connection neither can deny. After being trapped in a blizzard and a magical intervention, Emily and Tim discover that one should never give up on hope.

Christmas is a time of joy and a chance to bond with one's friends and family. Author Robert Valle brings the Christmas spirit to readers with a charming romance novella that showcases the value of letting go of one's past to embrace the future. Miss Brown's Christmas is a heartwarming tale about love, family, and the universal sense of hope and optimism that accompanies Christmas. With two likable main characters and a moving story, Valle crafts a narrative that is an absolute joy to read. Emily and Tim's dynamic feels genuine, as does their mutual connection to each other. Grab a copy and get into the spirit of Christmas before the holidays.

Melanie Kennedy

Emily Brown is a single librarian in the city of New York. Her last Christmas had been a difficult time, so she decided to keep herself occupied and her mind off unhappy memories by working through the New York Public Library holiday season. In a city of millions, at least she can convince herself she’s not the only lonely soul. A serendipitous encounter with a kind old man, Niels, pushes Emily into the path of Tim, a frequent visitor to the library. Their furtive glances at each other have not gone unnoticed by Niels, and he arranges a Christmas dinner that none of them will forget. With the help of Niels, Tim, and a mysterious friendly stranger, Emily will learn to heal her past traumas and open herself up to the possibility of a beautiful future. New York City is truly a special place, and this time around, Miss Brown’s Christmas will be spectacular, fueled by the spirit of Christmas.

Miss Brown’s Christmas by Robert A. Valle is a charming novel for the holiday season. Robert A. Valle has written a sweet and endearing story about love, friendship, forgiveness, and the Christmas spirit. His novella is beautifully written and showcases his talent. I enjoyed the pleasant love story as well as the supernatural twist. A good story keeps you on your toes and keeps your imagination active. Miss Brown’s Christmas is a lighthearted and easy-to-read novel for anyone feeling a little bit lonely or anyone in the mood for a romantic Christmas story.

Alma Boucher

Miss Brown’s Christmas is a novella by Robert Valle. Emily Brown expected her boyfriend to ask her to marry him. However, he breaks up with her, and Emily's father blames her for the breakup. She moves to New York, hoping to make a fresh start. Emily is lonely in New York and Christmas is approaching. Because the relationship between Emily and her father broke down after the breakup, she does not want to go home. Tim Barrett is an only child and after the death of his parents, he is alone. Tim is offered a job he cannot turn down and he moves to New York. Tim has no friends there so he visits the library. Emily and Tim meet at the library, but both are naturally shy and unsure of making the first move.

Miss Brown’s Christmas by Robert Valle is a magical novella. It was unique and it blew me away. The descriptions made me part of the magic of the Christmas spirit. Christmas beliefs and traditions were discussed which was very interesting. The characters were brilliant and authentic. I enjoyed watching the friendship between Emily and Tim turn into romance. They recognized the opportunity that was put in their path and reacted to it. Their emotions were portrayed in their character interactions and conversations as they overcame their shyness and loneliness. The story was well written, and the ends were tied beautifully together. It is a comfortable read and the outcome was appropriate.