Have you noticed how many Christmas novels and novellas release every fall? Inspy Romance author-bloggers have contributed to probably half a dozen Christmas box sets and released a whole bunch of single titles, as well. Check the BOOKS tab to see if you’ve missed any!
In October, I blogged here about the first book in my Christmas in Montana Romance series, More Than a Tiara. In November, I turned my blog post over to Bren, the heroine of Other Than a Halo, the second Christmas in Montana Romance. I decided that was enough about my own Christmas stories on this blog, so I dug through the Christmas stories I’ve been reading lately to see if there were any that stood out to me.
A Christmas Homecoming by Kimberly Rose Johnson, one of our Inspy Romance authors, is one such book. I’ve been a fan of Kimberly’s since her first Wildflower B&B romance, Island Refuge, in spring of 2015. (Psst, click the link! It’s FREE today!)A Christmas Homecoming is the second book in her new Sunriver Dreams series. Like many Christian contemporary romance series, it’s helpful to read the books in order, but isn’t completely necessary. Note from Kimberly: Currently A Love to Treasure, the first book in the series is FREE!
Sunriver is a resort community near Bend, Oregon. I haven’t ever been there, but it’s a real place, and I’m not sure how much Kimberly has adapted the town for use in her own stories. Knowing it is actually on the map definitely helps explain the solid sense of setting that Kimberly brings to this series.
I love Christmas stories that take place in a winter wonderland. The hero of A Christmas Homecoming, Stephen Belafonte, may not agree. His entrance to the story takes place when his truck slides off a snowy road and crashes into a pine tree. Of course, the first person on the scene is the heroine, Bailey Calderwood, who just happens to be the interior design assistant of Stephen’s mother, the owner of Belafonte Design and Construction.
Stephen, a widower, has been in Paris for the past several years. Now that his mom has had a stroke, he’s decided it’s time to return home and take his place in the family business. The first task assigned by his mother is to fire Bailey, but why, when it is obvious that Bailey is talented and is dedicated to the business?
Enter a bit of intrigue, a secret admirer, precocious children (Stephen’s niece and nephew), snowball fights, Christmas tree decorating, shopping, and friends as a foundation to this delightful Christmas romance.
If you haven’t picked up A Christmas Homecoming yet, what are you waiting for?
A giveaway? Okay, fine! I’ll give away one E-BOOK copy of A Christmas Homecoming OR one of my own Christmas books (Merry Kisses, More Than a Tiara, or Other Than a Halo), winner’s choice, to one person who comments by Friday evening, December 16. The winner will be announced in the Sunday Edition on December 18.
To start the conversation, what makes a Christmas romance story a memorable read for you?
Of all the Christmas stories written and published by Inspy Romance authors, which stands out to you?