Book Recommendation – A (kinda) Country Christmas by Krista Phillips

Book Description:

Celebrate the holidays with this sweet contemporary inspirational romance novella (with a splash of humor!) about a woman who is surrounded by Christmas and a man who could – eh- do without it.

Sadie Jenkins lives and breathes Christmas every, single day of the year. Owner of Bethlehem’s Boutique in the tourist mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN, she has no room for the bad boys of her past and devotes her whole life to the struggling boutique and her teenage daughter, Maribelle. She’s perfectly happy with her country-living life until he walks into her store.

Nate Myers travels the globe for his job and has the bank account to prove his success. The former “bad” boy is in town for a short visit with his sister and is determined to not get caught up in all the Christmas hype. But then he falls for the beautiful shopkeeper—quite literally. 

Will these two (sorta) opposites be able to find a happily-ever-after together?

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading A (kinda) Country Christmas novella set in the small Smoky Mountains town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Sadie is a single mother who inherited her parents’ Christmas store. Her parents relocated the family from Indiana to Tennessee after Sadie became pregnant at sixteen to her drug addicted boyfriend. Sadie grew up fast and has raised her daughter, Mari, to share her faith. The Christmas store is struggling financially and Sadie is worried about how they will pay for Mari’s college tuition.

Nate is a well traveled businessman with no financial concerns and no real home. His sister, Kendra, lives in Gatlinburg and he agrees to visit with her and stay long enough to watch her theatre performance. Nate discovers Sadie’s Christmas store and their meet cute is hilarious.

Kendra is good friends with Sadie, and Kendra’s matchmaking efforts are complicated by Sadie and Nate’s initial first impressions of each other at the Christmas store. A fun romance develops as Nate searches for home and Sadie wrestles with finances and moving into the empty nest stage of life when Mari leaves for college. I recommend A (kinda) Country Christmas to readers who like fun small town Christmas romantic comedies with a strong faith element.

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