Melissa Tagg does it again. This Christmas novella was delightful! I just adore her writing style, full of humor, warmth and romance. I’ve always felt that there’s a lot of Melissa Tagg in her characters, and this story, based off of her crush on her own cover model, makes me feel so connected to the main character.
“I may write mystery, not straight romance, but trust me, I know how meet-cutes work.”
Author Maren Grant says this in the first chapter, and sure enough, she knows how they work, as she gets not one, but two adorable meet-cutes in the story. First she gets introduced to Colin Renwycke, the attractive model for the cover of her upcoming book. Then, at Colin’s invite, Maren travels to the Renwycke family’s farm in Maple Valley and meets his brother, Drew. The two brothers are very different, and Maren soon finds out that everything is not how she expected it to be.
This story read like a full-length novel. The pacing didn’t feel rushed and we got to know the main characters well. I love the setting, in the fictional town of Maple Valley. If you’ve read any of the Walker Family Series, you’ll see some familiar faces popping into this book.
I’d highly recommend this story to those who enjoy romance with a dash of humor and fans of the old classic movies. The story has a narrator dropping in from time to time, reminiscent of It’s A Wonderful Life. (I was hearing Clarence’s voice reading it in my head.)