Author: Cindy Kirk
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
My Rating: 7/10
Overview: Ami Bloom is a good girl. She's polite, kind, generous, a phenomenal baker and even a business owner.
She's also determined to prove herself as a "Cherrie" in her small hometown of Good Hope, Wisconsin during the holiday season.
To do so, she must convince the restaurant owner next door to open his home for the town's annual Victorian house tour.
As Ami forges a friendship with Beckett Cross in order to appease the Cherries, will she open up more than the door to his home? Can she re-open the doors to his heart as well?
I discovered Christmas in Good Hope through Amazon's Kindle First Program. Through the program, I was able to download the book for free.
What I loved: I have to admit, I typically don't go for feel-good books. So, when Christmas in Good Hope showed up in the Kindle First Program, I almost dismissed it as a choice. But then, I decided to take a chance and put my Scrooge suit away, which proved to be the right decision.
The book was light and incredibly easy to read. Chapters are short and having multiple narrators mixes it up a bit too. Ami is a main character all readers can root for and Beck's charm could make all readers swoon with ease.
The story will help remind you, if you've forgotten, there is magic within the holidays and forgiveness is extremely important in life, especially when it comes to forgiving yourself.
Christmas in Good Hope wasn't a book I couldn't put down, but it's a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and was the perfect Christmas book for easy reading this holiday season.
What I didn't: I'm fairly happy the book had it's romantic side without getting too cheesy, however, some of the scenes in the book did have me rolling my eyes at times. And some of the characters' names were a little outlandish too.
Also, I wish the author would have gotten into more detail about why the town of Good Hope is such a tourist town. It's prominence as a tourist site is often reiterated, but I don't remember reading exactly why or if it had a history.