Christmas at Whitefriars
I loved this historical novella! A standalone spin-off from the series, An Empire State, that will leave you smiling long after you read it. Both characters Mari, and Everett are a bit eccentric, which makes them endearing and has you rooting for them to work things out and for her castle success. I enjoyed seeing previous characters pop in, especially Nick. Although Elizabeth Camden didn’t add the element of suspense she usually does, it’s because, and it has some measure of mystery as they try to locate a hidden vintage gingerbread recipe.
Mary Beckwith lives in a magnificent English castle during the twilight years of the gilded age. With the help of an American millionaire, she has succeeded in renovating her beloved Whitefriars castle into a splendid estate just in time for Christmas.
From across the ocean, millionaire Everett Wooten has spent a fortune propping up Whitefriars to add modern conveniences and rebuild crumbling old walls. Even though he’s never met Mary, they have enjoyed a lively business correspondence over the nine years they have been working toward a renovation. Now he has finally come to see Mary and the castle in person, but nothing is as he was led to believe.
What’s the word? Perfect! But it’s Rachel Hauck, of course. If you’ve read any of her books from The Wedding Dress series, you know. Full of humor, yet will have you weepy eye with the dress that fits every intended bride no matter her size or height. Sigh. Being a Christmas setting, it seemed more magical.
The Wedding Dress Christmas
December comes to quaint Hearts Bend, Tennessee, with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.
For JoJo Castle there is no place like home. Her onetime love of adventure ended when her life in the big city came crashing down. Now that she’s home, she never wants to leave again.
Country music sensation Buck Mathews has charmed the world with his smile and his music. However, news of his mother’s illness brought him home to Hearts Bend for the holiday season.
Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. But when her high school crush returns to town, her buried feelings surface.
Busy with his career, Buck hasn’t had time for family and friends, much less love. Seeing JoJo in The Wedding Shop reminds him there are things more important than his career.
But JoJo and Buck have opposing life goals, and there’s no middle ground. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmas, overcome her fears and his quest for greatness?
With the help of a very special wedding dress, there might be a Christmas miracle.
I found this one a bit more on the Hallmarkish side. It was funny, sweet, and cozy as a knit sweater. I loved all the baking involve, as well the insight into ornament production. It’s a great read and I enjoyed it.
No matter how hard she tries, Maddie Kelley can’t seem to fit in at Ornamental, a company founded by her great grandfather and his best friend. Now, after yet another screw-up, she’s been sent into the “enemy’s” camp—two hours away from home for the next two months.
A punishment or a blessing?
Her life is turned upside down when the mundane turns unexpected, and she finally discovers where her heart truly lies.
This is the fourth novel set in the fictional Missouri community of Tarryton. Come visit old friends and make some new ones!