Fairhope, Alabama. 1952.
Take a trip to Millie’s Boardinghouse this Christmas…
When Walter and Violet fake a relationship for the sake of their families, they find themselves in a surprising situation under the mistletoe thanks to Millie, the inn’s owner.
But just as sparks begin to fly and Walter prepares to confess his feelings, he gets news from his family that will have both he and Violet reevaluating what they really want this Christmas… and for their future.
I enjoyed reading this short historical romance novella set in the early 1950’s in Alabama, USA. Violet has big plans to travel and see the world. She takes a short term position at Millie’s Inn to help her family financially and save money for her overseas travels. Violet wants to marry for love and she resists parental pressure to marry and settle down.
The story opens with Walter proposing to his girlfriend at the Inn. His public humiliation is on full display when his girlfriend rejects his proposal and runs away. The awkward proposal is Violet’s first impression of Walter, and she’s drawn to him despite the unique circumstances.
Walter asks Violet if she can pretend to be his fiancé because he doesn’t want to disappoint his parents. She agrees, and in return Walter will assist Violet by faking a relationship when visiting with her family.
A fun and charming romance unfolds in first person, present tense viewpoint. I recommend Christmas at the Inn to historical romance readers who like 1950’s era sweet and wholesome fake relationship Christmas romance novellas.