About the Book
YouTube vlogger Alexis Jacobson knows how to create the perfect aspirational Christmas for her viewers. She has made promotional videos for resorts and far-flung travel destinations for several successful years. Still, the fantasy she creates isn’t real, nor is her relationship with her co-star and business partner. When keeping up the illusion gets to be too much, Alexis finds herself out of a job with no place of her own to call home. That’s when Alexis’s Oma asks for help getting some new vacation rentals in Icicle Creek up and running. Alexis agrees to return to the place she used to call home to stop Oma’s plans. Someone Oma’s age should be taking it easy, right? So when Alexis discovers Justin Karon is the real estate agent behind the proposed deal, she questions his motives. Appearances can be deceiving—as she would know. Justin seems like a great guy, and yes, Alexis had a crush on him back in high school, but a lot has changed since then. Despite her misgivings, sparks start to fly between these two. But are these feelings real? And will going home help Alexis re-discover the true spirit of Christmas?
In My Opinion
If you’re looking for a quick, light-hearted, Hallmark-esque Christmas read, America’s Favorite Christmastown by Dawn Klinge is for you.
When Alexis returns to Icicle Creek to help (or discourage) her grandmother from opening a resort, her future is uncertain. But spending time with Justin as they create a promo for a national contest to become the favorite Christmastown brings back some of the joy she once found in her work—not to mention some potent sparks between her and Justin.
There was a lot happening for Alexis in this novella, and I wanted to experience more of the why of what made Icicle Creek a contender for the contests (including meeting some more of the townsfolk), but overall, this sweet and quick read was a wonderful way to settle in with a cozy blanket and enjoy the magic of Christmas for an evening.
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