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Christmas in October is a fun read especially when the cover is so pretty and the story engrossing.

Saving White Oaks Inn was the crux of this book as it was the place where the entire Bailey clan met during Christmas. But that year would probably be the last as the newer hotels were taking in more profits. Scarlett knew she had to do something to save the inn.

Charlie was the answer to her prayers, a property developer with money to help. She just had to convince him that the inn needed to be run in her old fashioned way. Friction happened and sparks flew. Romance had a slight chance, but something was preventing it from growing.

Jenny Hale writes brilliant heart-warming books. Period. The emotions in this story were like the shiny baubles on the Christmas tree. Each one sparkled and left me longing for more. Two characters so different from each other added a spiciness to the otherwise cosy tale.

The words were powerful, each completed the imagery that I had of Christmas. Its spirit was captured in the chapters, and its fragrance seeped through as I turned the pages. There was something magical about it all. The path of love and understanding was not smooth, and that made this story more interesting. A fun Chrismassy read!!

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.

The rest is history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband

White Oaks Inn has always been at the heart of Christmas celebrations for Scarlett Bailey and her family. Her adored gran has owned the rambling, old-fashioned hotel, filled with the scent of cinnamon and chocolate, since Scarlett was a little girl. But now her gran’s home is under threat. And it looks like it could be the Baileys’ last Christmas together there…

Over the holiday season, amidst much-loved festive traditions of baking cookies and decorating the tree, Scarlett throws herself into saving the hotel. When she hears that Charlie Bryant, a handsome, successful property developer, is spending December in Silver Falls, Scarlett is hopeful he might be the answer to their problems.

When they meet, sparks fly between impulsive Scarlett and business-like Charlie – as they both have very different ideas for the future of White Oaks. Scarlett is determined to show him how much White Oaks Inn means to her family and the guests who return there every year and, as they spend more time together, she begins to realize there is more to Charlie than his serious appearance…

But Charlie is struggling with a secret from his own past. Will he be able to face it, or will it stop him from truly opening up and getting close to anyone? And can Scarlett share the true meaning of Christmas with him and save her gran’s beloved hotel along the way?

Publication Date: 15th October 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

17 Responses

  1. ah, sweet review, but Shalini, it’s not even Halloween yet. I don’t want to think about Christmas, although I must admit to being excited about achieving 2020–that has a special ring to it–don’t you think? Good things are bound to happen–(1) you’ll be well and pain free.

  2. I love Jenny Hale’s books. She writes such sweet, yet emotional stories. I love your statement. “The emotions in this story were like the shiny baubles on the Christmas tree. Each one sparkled and left me longing for more.” Such a great comparison for a Christmas story. Great review Shalini.

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