Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#27: Christmas with Holly (Lisa Kleypas)

on November 24, 2012

After reading a ginormous novel like Gone with the Wind, I needed some fluff. I was ready to read something simple and charming with a bit of sappy romance. Nothing explicit….no 50 Shades here….just a simple story of courtship. What I found was Christmas with Holly. It’s not high literature, but I must admit that it was actually a fun read.

Holly is a little girl whose mother was tragically killed in a car accident. She is now cared for by her Uncles Mark and Sam, two bachelors living on the islands outside of Seattle. Since the accident, Holly has not spoken to anyone. Everything changes when Mark takes Holly to a toy store on the island and they meet Maggie, the shop owner. As if by magic, Holly begins to speak and Mark begins to fall in love. Maggie is a bit of a tragic figure herself. She lost her first husband nearly two years ago to cancer and is trying to figure out what the rest of her life will look like without the man she loved.

Set against the charming scenery of Friday Harbor, Washington, Christmas with Holly is filled with wit and humor while warming the heart with its authentic characters and heart-warming story. I was especially pleased that the requisite “love scene” doesn’t occur until the very end of the novel and was handled with dignity and none of the graphic language that could easily slip in. Looking to be transported for a few days in the busy Christmas season and captivated by a neat love story? Consider checking out Christmas with Holly.

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