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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
The Secret Santa Romance: Love and Marriage Book 1, a novella written by George H McVey, is definitely a fun read. Jolene Faraday and Randall Herrschner met as very small children. Their friendship grew into their teen and young adult years, and despite very different lifestyles they maintained contact. Jump forward to their work relationship to discover their friendship takes a completely different route. They are soulmates, to all intents and purposes. When Jolene begins to receive expensive gifts from a secret Santa, Randall displays a certain amount of displeasure, or is it jealousy? Yet, not knowing who has such a personal insight of her can be somewhat alarming. Jolene, of course, loved the gifts, but why was she targeted and who was able to shower a person with such elaborate gifts? Jolene begins to think that it is all too much. She maintains that when something becomes too good to be true, there is usually an underlying reason to doubt the authenticity of such generosity. Is someone attempting to control her life? That would be ominous. Perhaps, it is a well-wisher from her past; but who?
I found the story light-hearted and romantic, as well as infinitely enviable. What a wonderful thing to be blessed with such amazing gifts!
Jolene enjoys each one as it arrives, then is staggered to learn who, and why she is the recipient. Her reaction is somewhat surprising, and Randall is understandably shocked by what comes next. An easy read with absolutely no unwholesome content. So nice to get to the end of a book to realize how much you enjoyed every part of the story. Quite fun too, to place yourself in Jolene’s shoes and imagine having a secret Santa of your own. A joy to read.