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What was one of the most memorable moments of Unexpected Gifts?
Andi hates Christmas, well she doesn't hate it, but it certainly is not a time for celebration for her. This is ironic because she owns a party planning business. However, due to several unfortunate incidents that culminate into a severe case of anti-Christmas celebration (no mention of the reason for the season – as the phrase goes) she is going to shrink away to a winter retreat.
Colin is back in Canada for the first time in many years. He wants to immerse himself into all the holiday traditions, enjoy the snow and get back into the holiday spirit – after spending years in a tropical climate on Christmas. The perfect vista? The Castle Mountain Lodge.
There is a mix up with Andi's reservation and due to the wretched snowstorm she is stuck at the Castle Mountain Lodge with no place to stay (again this is not a parallel to the Christmas story at all). Colin is behind her in line when she gets the news – since he has rented an entire villa he considers asking him her to stay with him. Especially after he recognizes that she is a girlfriend to a childhood friend of his. Once they make that connection, he does offer.
When he discovers that Andy has a Christmas aversion he makes it his goal to turn her attitude 180°. The rest of the story is just that. Colin planning sweet things, traditional things to change her mood.
Some unexpected circumstances give this sweet novel unexpected twists and turns. It really is a very sweet, cute romantic story without the descriptive hotness of many books in this genre.
The narration is good and I appreciated her ability to tell the story without trying to oversell it. Great job.
Notes: nothing to warn about here
I'd give this a PG rating
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I liked the story, but I felt the book was too short. Other than that, the book was ok.