Tuesday, February 13, 2018

One Christmas in Winter (Winter, Montaana #1) - Book review

Back Cover Summary:

Reba Farwell is finally getting a chance to live out her dreams. Sent to Winter, Montana to direct filming for a crucial, on-location shoot, she knows the next two weeks will make or break her career. And she could definitely use a break. As if that isn’t enough, she’s got a secret that none of her crew knows. All she’s asking for is two weeks of small town, Christmas beauty and a little bit of on-camera sizzle.

Five years ago, Hoyt Bradley’s heart and future shattered in one fell swoop that landed him back in Winter. Thankfully, making lemonade—or his father’s famous lemon meringue pie— out of lemons is what he does best. Running Bentley’s Diner has filled the gaps left in the wake of his heartbreak, even if it hasn’t healed him completely. Not wanting to relive memories of his rocky start in the film industry, Hoyt does his best to steer clear of the dreaded film crew, but Winter has a way of bringing people together.

After one fateful delivery and a score of icy bad luck, Reba finds herself in a bind and at the mercy of what Winter can offer. Will she pull the film together in time to salvage her name as a director? Or will the sparks flying off-camera create more of a distraction than she knows how to handle? 

Come visit Winter, Montana in this Christmas Novella where the Christmas lights are always on and the snow falls most frequently when loved ones share a kiss. 

My Review:

This story will take you behind the scenes of a Christmas Hallmark-like production. In fact, the whole novella itself seems like a typical Hallmark watch and that has its advantages and a small few disadvantages. 

It is overall a pretty sweet read! I have to say that initially, I liked the character of Hoyt a lot better than I did that of Reba. Reba is first presented as a typical bad - tempered Hollywood 'type'. But then it seems for the purpose of Hoyt falling for her, she suddenly becomes the complete opposite (Hoyt thinks very few people would be as kind as her). While I did end up liking her, I found the change drastic and almost unbelievable. 

I loved the description of the Winter and how Hoyt and his family fit into the town. The relationship and conversation between the three brothers amongst themselves and with their mother is heart-warming and adds a sweet charm to the pages. Hoyt really is an exemplary male lead. His kindness, humility, thoughtfulness and tenderness are all admirable and will undeniably put a smile on your face!

I love movies and filmmaking so I particularly enjoyed that the plot centred around the making of a movie. The whole aspect of filmmaking and directing was delivered perfectly and accurately! I could see it all happening! And I enjoyed that filmmaking aspect very much.

Unfortunately, there is a small disadvantage to the novella being very Hallmark-tesque and that is that some things appear cliché and whatever problems the protagonists face don't really appear serious enough for you to worry with them or to be scared for them. Everything seems to be presented as lightly as possible. And ends up lacking any real depth. In spite of this, One Christmas in Winter remains enjoyable! A quick light read to make your heart smile and sigh wistfully. Especially at the end.

Hoyt's brother, Beau, gets a chapter at the end. Thus introducing us to his own story to come. I loved this scene. I loved the way it was written and the perspective. It is possible my favorite part of the book. And I am very much looking forward to Beau's story.

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