I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on November 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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What began as an impersonal-but-cheerful holiday gift for a soldier far from home becomes so much more...
Sergeant Tate McAuliffe, stationed in Afghanistan, opens his Christmas care package from Australia and is stunned by both its contents and the sender.
Fun-loving Christmas tree designer Layla Preston is a breath of fresh air for loner Tate. Although they’ve never met, their email friendship quickly develops and their feelings for each other deepen.
But Layla knows the heartache that loving a soldier can bring and when Tate is injured, her deep-seated fear drives them apart. With their relationship in tatters, can Layla and Tate work through their differences, so Layla can welcome Tate home for Christmas?
This is the first review I have done on My Written Romance for close to a month. I’ve recently started a new real world job and that’s kept me VERY busy. Hopefully, I will be getting back on the reviewing horse a little more frequently from now on.
My first #metroread book for this week is the November release from Escape Publishing, Home for Christmas by Fiona Greene.
Here are my thoughts on Home for Christmas:
This is a sweet, gentle romance with a really fabulous premise – two people connecting in an unexpected way via an email exchange. I do love a good holiday romance, but what I really love about Home for Christmas is that it captures the spirit of the season, rather than descending into saccharine sweetness.
Layla and Tate’s relationship develops beautifully. I love that they take the time to know each other as people, before they proclaim love for each other. I very much enjoyed the email exchange between Layla and Tate – there was a great mix of humour, affection, flirtation and emotion in their correspondence. There are, of course, bumps and hurdles to overcome along the way, but I totally connected with the progression of their story – it never felt rushed.
The stuff that happens on the periphery of Layla and Tate’s romance rings true to me. The realities of serving in a theatre of war, family issues, life and death, they all helped to create a believable and truthful setting.
This was an excellent way to kick off my week of #metroreads. Thank you, Fiona, for brightening my Monday commute.