Even though my family was a two weeks before Christmas get the live tree kind of family, I am now part of a fake tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving kind of family. It confuses my son a little, who thinks Santa should come the moment the thing is up and then has to wait another month for the presents to magically appear. Even though it always takes a month for Santa to come.
The snow is finally seasonally appropriate, however.
My elf isn’t coming out until December because I have more control over that one. I can leisurely take my last week in November.
Also I realize that I read Christmas novels the way many watch Hallmark Christmas movies, which I didn’t even know existed until about 12 years ago in grad school when we had a roommate that put up a tree in the apartment even though no one had any kids. I know sometimes these books get made into Christmas movies too.
The first Christmas cozy novel happened! And I am not alone because the Christmas audiobooks at the library were already checked out. So there are some other local library patrons right now who were not judging me one bit.
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, Jenny Hale
So here it is, the quintessential clean Christmas romance, a rags to riches story to warm your Christmas heart. I am enjoying the romance genre more than I did. I can’t do the really sexy stuff, but this one was good. And it isn’t sexy. It was predictable, the obstacles not too high for the couple to overcome to be together. I know that low stress and predictable are requirements for some people, so if that’s you, read this.
Nick, the love interest, only had a little bit of emotional development to do to make the reader happy that they work out as a couple in the end. He wasn’t like a super dark narcissist with an abuse history or something that you know can’t be resolved by a month of courting. And I did like that Abbey, the main character finds more actualization than just in her getting a guy who has enough money so she doesn’t have to work or struggle. She is looking to have a business that is her true heart and calling. I am sure there are plenty of modern day wish fulfillment narratives where women marry into the kind of money that will just make her problems go away and then she can lead a life of leisure. I say modern day because I have read plenty of classic literature where the whole point is to get to be idle, but that’s not today’s world and I, for one, am happy that it is no longer like that.
I am working on more for the Christmas season, but this is as far as I have gotten. I have made a good dent in the shopping and planning, but not in the reading. I made my addictive cracker toffee and earned all the praises for Thanksgiving. I read another book in the middle that didn’t get blogged about. So those are my excuses.
More Christmas reads next week though, so stay tuned.