This rework of the classic A Christmas Carol by Alys Murray comes to the blog today, please read on for my review of
The Christmas Company
Stuck in Texas, the little town of Miller’s Point is a company town, most people are employed by the Woodward family in ranches and other places: there’s just one twist. On Christmas the town turns into a slice of Victorian England with decorations, reenactments and tourists galore, and is special, oh so very special to Kate Buckner. The town took her into it’s heart, and she’s completely full of Christmas spirit and the potential of the season – loving every moment and recognizing that the celebrations for the town also supplements the incomes of those who are living on the edge of survival, struggling along throughout the year. But, when Clark Woodward, new CEO arrives and shuts down the celebrations because of their detrimental effect to the bottom line, Kate is determined to change this ‘Scrooge’ into a fan of the holiday.
An intriguing set-up and some truly clever moments as Kate uses her knowledge of the townspeople and their investment in the festival, dragging Clark around to meet people, sharing her delight in the town and it’s spaces, she’s determined to find out just why Clark won’t celebrate, doesn’t celebrate. And while the story roughly follows the sensibilities of the original, there was something missing here. Kate was far too OTT, and Clark was so very repressed and stiff that her initial challenge to get him to ‘admit’ the specialness of Christmas was just not believable for me. And sadly, the instant connection from someone so unaware of his own emotions and out of touch with anything that doesn’t fit his very narrow visions of the world, combined with his rather cold and impolite persona just didn’t work. Sure the town loved Kate, perhaps more for her willingness to cling onto the rather naïve belief that there is sunshine everywhere, but it was more that they were caring for someone who couldn’t’ look out for herself.
I found myself skimming frequently, the emotional draw that should have had me wondering just what next, and the quick, near instant about face from Clark was just too pat and too convenient, with actual snow falling, a caroling town and some rather poor recitations of the Dickens text. Sadly – this one is a miss for me, and I just didn’t find any development of the characters that felt plausible, giving me a reason to want more.
Title: The Christmas Company
Author: Alys Murray
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Published by: Hallmark Publishing
Published on: 16 October, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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She’s out to save the town
from a real-life Scrooge…
The small town of Miller’s Point is known across the country for their annual Dickensian Christmas festival. When the festival is threatened by Clark Woodward, a miserly, big-city businessman, Kate Buckner steps up to save her hometown, their traditions, and her favorite holiday. But, along the way, she realizes that the man she’s trying to protect her town from might need some rescuing of his own.
With a lot of heart and a little Christmas magic, Kate is convinced she can teach Clark to love her favorite holiday. But can such different people learn to open up and love each other?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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