Book Review: 'A Family by Christmas.' by Viv Royce


Don't you just love that time of year when all the festive reads start popping up everywhere? I adore seeing all the Christmas covers come out and getting in the festive spirit.
'A Family by Christmas' is officially my first Christmas read of the year and so I'm excited to tell you about it.


Blurb

Chocolatier Emma Miller has a new business selling bonbons to the residents of the quaint town of Wood Creek. When a tiny visitor stops by her shop with an interesting request, Emma is intrigued. The young girl needs chocolates that will help her widowed dad fall in love, preferably with her teacher. What Emma didn't count on was Casey's ever so charming and handsome dad, Grant, stepping into her life. She has to remind herself to be cautious because the one thing she learned in foster care is that people always leave.

Pilot Grant Galloway is touched by his daughter's gift and is curious about the person who made the world-class chocolates. But when he steps into Emma's shop full of delicious smells and tasty morsels, he forgets to breathe. And it has nothing to do with his favourite dessert. She's pretty and kind, and when she has to deal with a difficult client, his protective instincts kick into high gear. But he risked his heart once. When his wife died, it left him broken. He's just now beginning to pick up the pieces, and he and his daughter will be leaving town once the holidays are over.

Thanks to some Christmas wishes, though, these two might discover that their carefully laid plans are about to change.



My Review

This book was so lovely and warm and inviting. Our leading lady Emma owns a chocolate shop and it was hard to stop my mouth from watering at all her delicious sounding treats. I loved that she had gone after her dreams and was working hard to keep her little shop running. It just sounded so delightful during the Christmas season and I was rooting for her so much to have confidence in herself and what she was capable of and not let anyone take advantage of her. 

I thought it was the sweetest thing that Casey took it upon herself to go into the chocolate shop in search of a little magic for her Dad. It made me smile as I loved that Grant had a sweet tooth and adored chocolate. Casey was such a gorgeous and endearing character; her interaction with the whole family made my heart melt. 

I loved the time that Emma and Grant spent together. I liked how Grant was helpful towards everyone and had such a big heart all while trying to figure out his own dreams and sorting out his new life. I very much wanted to move in with his family as they were a rather wonderful bunch. Their house sounded incredibly idyllic and who wouldn't want to live on a Christmas tree farm? 

I loved the cosiness and the romance of this story and loved seeing Emma and Grant's relationship grow, though sometimes I just wanted both Emma and Grant to let go and enjoy their time together rather than always thinking about leaving each other but their story of coming together is beautifully festive and I thought Christmas Eve was magical and special and that made me happy. 

If you're getting your festive TBR pile lined up or you've already dived into the Christmas stories, then pick up your copy of 'A Family by Christmas' today. 

Happy Reading.
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