Spend this holiday season in Winter Hill, a town you’ll never forget–and never want to leave. Christmas in Winter Hill will cheer your heart.
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Christmas in Winter Hill
by Melody Carlson
“That sign says Home of Christmasville–what does that mean? Does Santa Claus live here?” Emily giggled like she knew better.
“What do you think?” Krista grimaced at the plywood Christmas tree alongside the welcome sign. It could use a new coat of paint.
“I know, Santa isn’t really real. But are we near the North Pole now? You said it snowed a lot here.” Emily peered eagerly out the window, almost as if she expected to see snowflakes flying.
“It does snow here,” Krista confirmed. “But it’s still late autumn, Emily.” She pointed to where some orange and gold leaves still clung to a large tree, vibrating in the afternoon breeze.
“But why did that sign say Home of Christmasville?” Emily persisted.
“I’m not sure.”
Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. After her rough childhood in multiple foster homes, the holiday season just brings too many bad memories to the surface. But when she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, something that the city manager . . . well, manages.
As she tries to make her tiny new apartment feel like home for her and her eight-year-old daughter, Emily, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. She doesn’t always feel welcomed in the close-knit town, and Emily continually wonders, “Where’s the snow?”
Can a friendly stranger and his family help restore Krista’s Christmas spirit before the big day?
My review of Christmas in Winter Hill
I love Melody Carlson’s Christmas books! If I had to choose a favorite among them, I think I’d choose The Christmas Bus, but they are all wonderful. Reading Christmas in Winter Hill has definitely put me in the Christmas spirit! I know it’s only October, but I’m feeling the need to start decorating…and the need to read more holiday books!
Well, Krista, the main character in Christmas in Winter Hill is very unlike me. I wouldn’t say she’s a Scrooge, but her experiences during the Christmas season haven’t been positive ones. She tries to make the best of Christmas each year for her daughter, but, now, at eight years old, her daughter Emily has picked up on the fact that her mom doesn’t like Christmas.
Unbeknownst to Krista, she chose the wrong time of year to accept a job as city manager in Winter Hill. They’re a town that goes all out at Christmas time. And I mean all out! The entire town gets involved in the “Christmasville” celebration. Well, as city manager, Krista has to look at the details like the cost and safety surrounding Christmasville. When some concerns pop up, Krista is quickly blamed for something that threatens Christmasville!
I really enjoyed this quick novella. The characters and setting are just as charming as the ones in Carlson’s previous Christmas novellas. This happily ever after book will get you in the Christmas mood!
About Melody Carlson
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than seven million. She is the author of many Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington’s, The Christmas Cat, The Christmas Joy Ride, The Christmas Angel Project, The Christmas Blessing, and A Christmas by the Sea. Melody received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.