Karen Schaler comes to the blog today with a story of love and new starts in
Christmas is Emmie’s favorite time of year – although this year is a rough one with losing her parents in an accident – she’s wondering just how to keep the magic of the season alive for her. But, she’s hoping that sharing some of her favorite traditions with Grant – the person she thinks may just be “the one”, she’s finding a way to keep her spirits alive and celebrate one of her favorite holiday traditions. Taking a page from her father’s book, she’s making a scavenger hunt – sure to bring Grant into the spirit. But, the first clue goes awry and it’s Sam, not Grant who arrives to join in the fun – and Emmie is left to wonder just why she can’t get this man out of her head.
So – I loved the premise of the story, and a Christmas Scavenger hunt is just a wonderful way to get people involved in the fun. But, Emmie was a conundrum for me – and it wasn’t helped by her vacillation or the over-worked telling of the basic plot points. We are told, repeatedly that Christmas is Emmie’s favorite time of the year – we don’t need it repeated – and not as frequently as it was. Then we have her justifications and near convincing dialogue about Grant – I’m not quite sure who she was trying to convince since it was obvious to me as a reader that Grant just wasn’t all that into her – and nothing she would or could do would convince me otherwise. Combined with the all tell and little show, there wasn’t a ton to grab onto as far as the relationship between Emmie and Grant went. When you add in Sam, who starts as a friend and is someone she can’t quite get out of her mind, the match (for me) was made – and it was simply a matter of Emmie seeing the light.
A bit of a mixed bag overall, even as Emmie did finally see that her match, and perhaps her way through her grief and to keep her ‘favorite’ holiday alive was with Sam, and he’s perhaps the better developed character of them all in the story. Not quite as memorable as the first book I read from this author – but it was an okay, light and fluffy Christmas story with a clever scavenger hunt that was different from the usual.
Title: Finding Christmas
Author: Karen Schaler
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 15 October, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 40 minutes
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With all the glittering decorations, twinkling lights, snow angels, gingerbread men and mistletoe, Christmas is Emmie’s first love.
This year, she can’t wait to share her favorite Christmas traditions with her boyfriend, Grant. She thinks he’s “the one.” So when Grant’s hectic work schedule has him more “Bah Humbug” than “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Emmie creates a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to help him find his Christmas spirit. At the end of the journey, Grant will arrive at the charming town of Christmas Point where she’s planned a romantic weekend filled with holiday activities.
But Emmie’s plan backfires when a mix-up has the wrong guy following her clues! Sam, a best-selling mystery writer, thinks Emmie’s clever Christmas riddles are from his agent, who is trying to help him get over his epic writer’s block.
When he arrives at Christmas Point and finds the stunned Emmie, he immediately feels she’s someone special, but she can’t see beyond the fact that the wrong guy has shown up. Inspired by the small, charming town, Sam decides to stay and convinces Emmie to join him in a little holiday fun while she waits for Grant.
When Grant finally shows up, Emmie is disappointed to discover he’s not enjoying the activities she planned and can’t help wonder if he’s really the one for her. She also can’t get Sam out of her mind and all the great times they had together. With Christmas coming fast, Emmie will need the magic of the season to help steer her in the direction of true love…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.