Review: Christmas Reflections by Joanne Jaytanie

Blurb:

As a teenager Juliet Swanson couldn’t wait to get out of her home town of Glenville, WA and move to the big city. She moved to California to attend college, and then went to work for a large corporation. It didn’t take her long to realize that clawing her way up the ladder at others expense wasn’t the life she wanted. She moved back to her home town, fell in love with the ‘family feel’ of living there and has a close knit group of girlfriends she shares everything with. Now if she could only find a way to make her dream career a reality she would have it all, except for Mr. Right.

Colton Weatherly is a city guy who eats and breaths his career as a project manager for a acquisitions corporation. He is assigned to acquire the Glenville Ski Resort, along with the Schwartz Christmas Tree Farm. By his estimation it will be an easy close, and he plans to wrap it up in one short weekend. What he didn’t plan on was butting heads with Juliet, who is not the average ‘local girl.’

Reflecting on one’s life can sometimes lead to discovering a path you never knew existed.

Story 1 in the best-selling Christmas romance series, Christmas Forever.
The western Washington town of Glenville is threatened with the possible loss of their 100 year old Christmas tree farm to an outside corporation. Four friends join together to keep the tradition alive and create new opportunities with the rebirth of the Forever Christmas tree farm.

Review:

The season is almost upon us. In my hometown, the Christmas lights are up in preparation for our annual festival, which takes place the first weekend in December, and everything is already starting to get that Christmastime feel. It is also unseasonably cold at the moment- thirty degrees in Louisiana in November- brrrr! Perfect timing for curling up with a sweet Christmastime romance.

This one is just that. It is sweet romance; the first book in a collection called Forever Christmas. It is one of those quick, uplifting reads that makes you believe in the good of humanity and the power of love.

This collection is written by 3 of the 4 authors from the Love List, which I really enjoyed because the characters were so realistic and likable. So when I was asked to review this one, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m going to go ahead and say this one is a four star read. While I love the story, I find myself wanting more. (I can be a greedy heifer sometimes.)

I really like the characters in Christmas Reflections. Juliet is strong and determined. When the town is faced with the possible loss of a crucial landmark, she and her friends band together to not only save the tree farm, but to turn it into something more. Colton is smart and savvy, which is why he is sent in to acquire the holdings his company wants. But the longer he is in the town, the more he questions what he really wants. The town itself is like its own character, the people are warm and helpful. They band together any time they are needed giving a sense of not only community but also an embodiment of the spirit of Christmas making it a perfect place for a place called Forever Christmas.

There isn’t a whole lot of information on the other ladies just yet- the three that go in with Juliet to save the farm- so I will definitely be checking out the rest of the books this season.

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