Staging Christmas

A Dickens Holiday Romance (Book 24)

Romance - Contemporary
149 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2024
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Reviewed by Carmen Tenorio for Readers' Favorite

Sometimes, what seems to be an impulsive and spur-of-the-moment decision turns out to be unexpectedly perfect and meaningful. Kendall Worthington wanted to reboot her life by relocating to Dickens, also known as New England’s Christmas Capital as a distraction from the heartbreak of her wedding being canceled because of an unfaithful fiance. Jamie Frisk is a burnt-out software engineer who decided on a change of scenery by impulsively purchasing an old historic ski lodge in Dickens, with a crazy plan of opening the place again to paying guests. Jamie overheard a conversation where Kendall pitched her skills as a sought-after home stager to the unimpressed store owner. Jamie offered her a job on the spot to help him renovate the ski lodge. Will their team be able to triumphantly revive the Iron Gate Lodge to its former glory just in time to host a wedding? And will the undeniable attraction between Kendall and Jamie be the start of a Christmas miracle?

Staging Christmas by Kathryn Hills is an engaging and delectable romance that features relatable major and side characters with multifaceted personalities to charm or amuse the reader. It’s a slow-burning yet well-paced romance and an enjoyable and easy read for fans of romance and feel-good novellas. The author occasionally throws some humor into her witty and descriptive writing in the chaotic and messy stages of the renovation of the ski lodge which also seems to align with the healing of the characters’ broken spirits. The story takes place during a festive season of hope, sharing, and togetherness that gives one numerous excuses to socialize or be cozy and warm with someone else. This novel is recommended for readers who love happily ever afters. It’s an endearing story that entertains and invites us to dip into something optimistic and satisfying, even for just a short time.