About the Book:
A Steel City holiday romance sure to melt your heart.
The holidays haven’t been the easiest for Merry Grainger. Five years ago, she lost her grandfather and got dumped by her boyfriend right before Christmas. Each season since sees her determined to avoid getting hurt again, and so she keeps a steel-like grip on her hopeless romantic heart.
Music used to soothe Sam Shepard’s soul until the death of his biggest cheerleader broke his heart, family, and dreams into pieces. Now he’s focused on thriving in the city, and with the people, he’s grown to love –all to keep the hole in his heart from opening anew with every passing holiday season.
Thrown together by a church play and meddlesome family armed with mistletoe, will Merry and Sam unwrap their guarded hearts to let in the true hope of Christmas–and each other?
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Meghan Gorecki’s self-published debut novel, God’s Will, has been on my radar since May so I was excited to see that she had a new Christmas novella (well, holiday novella really, since the story begins just before Thanksgiving and ends at the New Year). It was the rave reviews, however, that convinced me to part with my 99 cents to snatch up an ebook copy for my Kindle. Those reviews are very well deserved.
This novella has a very personal feel, filled with family, faith and traditions. Reading it, I could imagine the chaos of the family dinners, and it brought to mind similar family gatherings of my own. The descriptive writing had me craving cookies and other treats (luckily I had some chocolate on hand). While there were a few errors, and an awkward sentence or two that snagged my attention, I found I really (uncharacteristically) didn’t care.
The contentment that smelled like turkey, sounded like laughter and felt like home. (ebook location 400)
The main characters, Merry and Sam, were both so much fun to read about. Merry is immediately relatable, having trouble driving in the Pittsburgh snow after a first date that ended with the man claiming he needed to go do laundry. Sam appearing as a good Samaritan was a great “meet cute,” and this is later acknowledged as good fodder for a story.
Both are hurting, adorably awkward, and in the habit of talking to themselves aloud. I enjoyed the nerdy touches to their personalities, and I was particularly tickled by Merry’s last name being Grainger since Sam is an admitted Potter-head.
Highly recommended as a fun, contemporary romantic comedy that will warm your heart and tempt your sweet tooth. Be prepared to like the fiercely loyal Grainger family, to find Merry adorable, and to fall for Sam with his chocolate crinkle eyes and caught-in-the cookie-jar smile. I just might have to re-read this next November.
Wrapped in Red (A Three Rivers Romance Novella) by Meghan M. Gorecki | Northern Bell Publishers, Dec. 17, 2016 | 98 pages, ebook