Title: Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber (#3.5 in the Blossom Street series)
Published: November 15, 2006 by Tantor Media
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★
Noteworthy: can be read as a stand-alone, for fans of Hallmark movies
Katherine O’Connor often spends her days at a cozy café 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 café, 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.
I don’t typically reach for cheesy and especially not adult romance. However, I was feeling in the Christmas spirit and wanted more of a holiday book, so I decided to give this one a go.
Characters. The first thing that stood out to me was K.O. There were things about her that made her relatable, personable, and I liked that I could envision her as a human being rather than a stock character (which I was expecting). Wynn is perfect. Too perfect, but I couldn’t be bothered to care in between the swooning. There was a few characters in here that were oddities, Levon and Max being the main two. I liked that there was such a variety in the cast of characters, and it wasn’t what I expected from a cliche adult romance. Of course, I hated Zelda with a passion and found the twins absolutely annoying. But you can’t win them all.
“Outlaw Christmas? That man was a menace.”
Plot. Honestly, the reason I picked this one up over the other cheesy Christmas romances was the fact that KO writes Christmas cards for people. Um, hello? That’s super cool! Realistically, there isn’t that great a need for a Christmas card writer but I thought the idea was clever anyway. Plus, discussing about a book inside a book is a favorite of mine.
This was set up to be an angsty Christmas romance and it delivered. There were some facets of the plot that I just couldn’t jump on board with because it toed the line of “sort of realistic” to “that would never happen”. However, it was still cute and sweet enough to make me give it 4 stars.
“Wynn Jeffries? Who would’ve thought?”
Romance. Listen, I am all for nosy, meddling neighbors and plots to get two people together. So I liked it. But I also liked that this didn’t exactly come from no where. And it wasn’t instalove. While the man was as attractive and perfect in person as he seemed in his book, KO didn’t stop arguing her side or holding steadfast to her beliefs which I love. Hallmark movies are my only reference for adult romance and most of the female characters get so swept up in the love interest that they forget themself, which can happen, but I loved to read about a stronger character. No spoilers, but I admire how these two don’t seem to work but do. It isn’t an easy relationship but really, which ones are?