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The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)

The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)

By: Sarah Morgenthaler

Blurb:

He had a strict “no tourists” policy…
Until she broke all of his rules.

When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the grumpy local than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness. 

Review:

So, this book was on my to-read list, but my library didn’t have it. I was hoping they’d get it eventually, but then I got a lovely email letting me know it was on sale. I am so glad I went ahead and bought it.

Zoey is a waitress that has scrimped and saved for ten years to have her dream vacation. Who hasn’t dreamed about going to Alaska?? Finally there and on the first day, she meets Graham. It wasn’t quite love at first sight, definitely not for her, but I could see Graham being convinced of it pretty easily.

Graham about made the book for me. He would say these goofy super sweet things, and it would make me cry. He was an artist, went to art school, and dropped out because he wasn’t good enough. He was just quirky enough to be endearing, and the only reason someone hadn’t already snatched him up was that he lived in a small town in Alaska.

One of my favorite parts of Zoey was how unpredictable she could be. She was poor and made decisions accordingly, but she could also be impulsive. She could be shy, but then say something that would catch Graham off guard. They made an impossibly cute couple, and I ended up crying through the book. I love them.

The background characters were interesting enough that I’m hoping for multiple books in the series. Since there are already two books up for pre-order, it looks like those hopes are going to be realized.

The Tourist Attraction is easily one of my favorite books of the year. I’m already thinking about re-reading it, and I’m beyond excited that I don’t have long to wait for the sequel. If the series ends up being as good as this book, it will end up being one I re-read a lot.

5/5

A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince (2017)

Director:

Alex Zamm

Starring:

Rose McIver

Ben Lamb

Alice Krige

Plot:

When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love – but will she be able to keep up her lie?

Review:

I was not expecting to see a Netflix Original Movie like this one, though, I should have been. Cheap Christmas movies are perfect for Netflix, they should make more because this one seemed like it had a slightly larger budget than a Hallmark movie and Rose McIver was a much better actress than we normally get. However, it still had all the things I love about cheesy Christmas movies.

Sweet romance, check.

Snow and Christmas decorations, check.

Misunderstandings that lead to an almost horrible ending, check.

A sweet child and an American woman that saves Christmas and an entire countries political future, um, check.

Really enjoyed this movie, though, I don’t think it’s going to become a yearly tradition. I might end up watching it again though. If you’re a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies then you’ll love this one.

3.5/5

Starry Night By: Debbie Macomber

Starry Night

Starry Night By: Debbie Macomber

Plot:

’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.
Review:

Maybe sweet romances are just not for me? Are they supposed to be like Christian Fiction? I thought it was more a fade to black around the naughty bits? I just don’t know.

Apart from not understanding why the characters weren’t jumping each other’s bones if they were so infatuated with each other, the story was alright. Just alright.

Finn was a manly man surviving in the wilds of Alaska who found it easy not to jump into bed with someone who is very attractive and more than willing. Carrie was a real journalist stuck in the society pages who fell in love with the first manly man she met that wasn’t covered in oil.

The story was fine it just left me wanting and unsatisfied, surprisingly not the way the characters were feeling after marathon make out sessions.

I’ll be taking a break from Debbie Macomber until next year. If anyone can recommend me some of her Christmas books that are good that would be awesome!

3/5

 

Rainy Day Kisses By: Debbie Macomber

Rainy Day Kisses

Rainy Day Kisses By: Debbie Macomber

Plot:

While Susannah Simmons struggles up the corporate ladder, her neighbor Nate Townsend stays home baking cookies and flying kites. She resents the way he questions her values and the way he messes up her five-year plan when she falls in love with him!

Review:

This was clearly not written recently, a quick check of the front matter shows that it was originally published in 1990 and boy was it obvious. Lots of dated views on women in the work place and at times it was infuriating to read.

Susannah was your typical career minded woman, she had to deal with a lot of issues at work being the only women that high up in her office. It wasn’t until Macomber started having everyone tell Susannah that she needed to be married with a child that things started to get uncomfortable. Then when Nate starts telling her that if she continues down that path she’ll be unsatisfied and alone that it started to irk me. Come on people, that’s not the message we’re supposed to be telling women. We can have it all and then some, right?!?

Anyway, the book was old and very cliché. The conflict could have been completely avoided if Susannah had asked a very easy and common question or if Nate had volunteered information very early on. Their reasoning for not doing so was weak.

The end has been done before and felt rushed. Christmas played no part in this book even though it was paired in a Christmas Wishes double book, it was set in September and at one point she sang a Christmas song. That was it.

Overall disappointed and would not recommend.

2/5

Christmas Letters (Blossom Street #3.5) By: Debbie Macomber

Christmas Letters

Christmas Letters (Blossom Street #3.5) By: Debbie Macomber

Plot:

Katherine O’Connor often spends her days at a cozy cafe; on Blossom Street in Seattle; where she writes Christmas letters for other people. She’s good at making their everyday lives sound more interesting. More humorous. More dramatic. But for Dr. Wynn Jeffries, who also frequents the cafe, Christmas means lies and deception. In fact, the renowned child psychologist recommends that parents “bury Santa under the sleigh.” Katherine, however, feels that his parenting philosophy is one big mistake; at least, based on her five-year-old twin nieces, who are being raised according to his “Free Child” methods. She argues with Wynn about his theories, while he argues that her letters are nothing but lies. They disagree about practically everything; and yet, somehow, they don’t really want to stop arguing. As the days and nights; move closer to Christmas, Katherine and Wynn both discover that love means accepting your differences. And Christmas is about the things you share

Review:

Every time I started to get into this book the characters would bring up Wynn’s child rearing theories and I would get pulled out. They were so stupid and anyone who had done any kind of research or held a doctorate should know that, and the character supposedly had both. It took me out of the story completely.

The romance was sweet, what you expect with a Debbie Macomber, the characters were fine, though a bit unrealistic and honestly stupid. Christmas played a large part of the story so if you’re looking for a holiday romance this certainly fits the bill, just not sure if I would recommend it.

3/5

Side Note: This book is in a series but you do not have to read it in order