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Cute enough, but won't be a keeper for me
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020
There was an enjoyable Hallmark holiday movie feeling to Samantha Chase's "The Christmas Plan," and main characters Gabe and Aspen were relatively likeable, if a bit frustrating at times. They were cute together as best friends in the first part of the story, but I have to admit that I found their romance to be rather lackluster. Both Aspen and Gabe were very stubborn and terrible at communicating their feelings, which resulted in a "conflict" at the end that seemed like it was a problem only because they made it into one.
On the bright side, I really liked the town of Silver Bell Falls as well as the book's secondary characters, particularly Gabe's parents. I loved the way they welcomed Aspen into their home and treated her like a member of the family even before she and Gabe started dating. The entire town was very friendly and welcoming, and it was easy for me to understand why Aspen fell in love with it.
Overall, the funny, sweet aspects of the story outweighed the ones that frustrated me, so I'd still recommend that holiday romance fans give "The Christmas Plan" a chance. I don't think it's going to be a keeper for me, however.
*Review copy provided by the author via InkSlingerPR. All opinions expressed are my own.