Monday, November 8, 2021

The Christmas House by Victoria James

 The Christmas House
Book Summary

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Victoria James is back with a heartwarming story about three generations of women trying to reconcile for the holidays.

It's Christmas in the small town of Silver Springs which is bursting with holiday spirit. The downtown shops boast twinkling lights, and the town square features an enormous Christmas tree. Every Christmas Eve for the past fifty years, Ruby Harris, the owner of the historic B&B, The Christmas House, has opened her doors to strangers in need, showing them the compassion once denied to her.

When Ruby invites her family home for the holidays, including her two adult grandchildren, Charlotte and Olivia, she hopes they will be able to put the past behind them. However, her plans for reconciliation implode as the women unravel secrets from the past that force them to confront the impact they've had on their dysfunctional family. As Charlotte grows closer to Wyatt, the neighbor next door and a friend from the past, old memories resurface that the women would rather forget. they're reminded of a man they want to forget.
As the clock inches closer to the New Year, can the magic of the season bring the family closer? Or will a surprise guest threaten their tentative truce and test newly formed bonds?
This light-hearted Christmas tale draws inspiration from Victoria James's own historical fixer-upper, offering plenty of warmth and holiday cheer. 
My Thoughts

The Christmas House by Victoria James is the story about three generations of women and how their choices in men have affected their lives.  Grandma Ruby owns The Christmas House where the family will be spending the holidays.  Charlotte, a professional organizer, arrives first and discovers that a boy she had a crush on when she was twelve lives next door.  Wyatt is a cop just like Charlotte’s father who walked out on the family when she was twelve.  Wyatt has an adorable twelve-year-old daughter who clicks with Charlotte.  Olivia, Charlotte’s sister, arrives with her baby, Dawn and she is a hot mess.  Add their unreliable mother and you have a family holiday.  Each family member has a secret as well as issues that need to be dealt with along the way.  

I liked the flashbacks to Ruby’s life as she deals with being pregnant at eighteen and on her own.  We get to see how she came to own The Christmas House and began the open-door policy on Christmas Eve.  Ruby was my favorite character.  She is a delightful woman who is strong, caring, and generous.  Ruby has a big heart, and she was truly hoping the family would have a special Christmas.  I also liked Wyatt and Sam.  Wyatt’s wife left him and Sam.  He is having to raise Sam on his own while we working as a police officer.  He works hard to make sure she has the type of childhood he never did.  Ruby and Wyatt’s Aunt Mary were busy playing matchmaker when not spoiling Olivia’s daughter, Dawn.  There is plenty of family drama and emotions in The Christmas House. Charlotte needs to make a choice about her life.  Is she going to let the past take away her chance at a happy future or she is going to leave the past in her rearview mirror while she gets her happily ever after?  There is mild foul language in the story which is disappointing because they should not be in a Christmas tale.  The Christmas House also delves into topics that some people might find upsetting (suicide, alcoholism, infidelity, child neglect, and abandonment).    There are sections of the book that will have you smiling, but there are some areas that are depressing (and they dragged on a little too long).  The moral of the story is that we are not perfect.  We all have baggage and must decide if we will let it hinder us or make us better.  One of my favorite lines from The ChristmasHouse is, “It’s never too late for a happy ending.”  The Christmas House is an emotional, dramatic Christmas story with an endearing neighbor, a meddling grandmother, a topsy-turvy pantry, an orderly organizer, a twirling tween, family fuss, and one magical home. 

The Christmas House is available from Amazon* along with other major retailers (Barnes & Noble, BAM, Kobo).  You can find Victoria James' other novels here.  Thank you for visiting today.  I appreciate you reading my review.  Death on the Shelf by Allison Brook is scheduled for tomorrow.  It is the 5th A Haunted Library Mystery.  I am heading outside to work on my Thanksgiving decorations for the yard.  I have inflatable turkeys, cute signs, and lights that I need to install.  It will be cute when it is all done.  I hope that you have amusing day.  Laughter is good for the soul.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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