Book Review: Home Alone on Hope Island by Portia MacIntosh.

I was away on holiday when Portia MacIntosh announced three new books at once and I was scrambling to keep up with them. I've read all of Portia's books to date, so you know I had to make sure I didn't miss anything. It's all very exciting. I started with this gorgeous little novella, set on the same Island as 'Love and Lies at the little Village Christmas Shop' and 'Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli.' 

The Blurb.

Lexi Newman is coming home for Christmas… she should have called first

The silver lining, when Lexi is dumped by her long-term boyfriend, is that she’s finally going to get to enjoy a family Christmas after years of doing whatever her ex wanted to them to do. The only problem is that Lexi hasn’t called ahead to let her parents know she’s coming…

Lexi arrives at her Hope Island childhood home only to realise that her parents have decided to go on holiday for the festive season this year. With nowhere else to go, and no one else to stay with, Lexi is going to have to spend Christmas home alone in her parents’ big house, but the bigger the house, the emptier it seems.

With her nosy neighbours suspicious and her childhood friends asking her all about her life, Lexi lies that she’s here to use her parents’ house for a big Christmas party while they are away, but as more and more people find out about the party, it’s going to take a lot more than some loud music and some flashing lights to convince everyone that she isn’t alone.

With just 12 days to go, will Lexi find someone to spend the holidays with, or will she be home alone for Christmas?

My Review.

I really got into this novella and found it a refreshing, fun, festive read to devour in between some historical romance that I've been reading a lot of lately. Portia has an easy going way of writing that feels like I just get to sit, open my Kindle and be told a story. I always love that she writes in first person, which plays a huge part in that. 

This year it feels as if everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit earlier than usual. I'm a 1st December kind of person, but I have to admit that I haven't been as strict on the no Christmas movies until then rule as of late. In fact I'm pretty certain I watched all of the Christmas movies Netflix had to offer all ready by the middle of November. The same can be said for wanting to indulge myself in all of the festive reads that look adorable on the shelves this Christmas. There are so many and I want to read them all. This book is the third festive story I've read this year so far and it didn't disappoint. 

In 'Home Alone on Hope Island,' I love the way Portia talks about Christmas, all the feelings about being at your parent's house and the decorations was exactly how I feel about this time of year. No matter how old the decorations are at your parent's house, they never look tacky or out of date, they look just right and are comforting and are Christmas in a nutshell. It's what I look forward to every year; putting our childhood tree up at Mum and Dad's house and then proceeding to just sit next to it, because it's so pretty and colourful and nostalgic. I felt all those vibes from Lexi too. 

This story is everything it needed to be for an enjoyable, Christmassy, romantic novella. The characters were fun to revisit and meet, the romance tied in perfectly and there was enough snow, festive food and Christmas lights to make me even more excited for my favourite time of the year. 

I'm very much looking forward to the next two books that Portia has announced. Keep them coming!

Happy Reading!

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