Title: Christmas under a Cranberry Sky
Author: Holly Martin
Pub. Date: 9/22/2015
Series: 1st Book, but can be a standalone
Genre: Holiday Romance
Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?
I absolutely love Christmas! I love everything from the spirit to the delicious baked goods to the whimsical decorations. This book got me in the Christmas spirit, even though it’s not even Halloween yet!
The story is about Piper (or Pip, as her friends call her) who travels around the world and writes reviews of hotels. She has one last hotel to visit before a 6-month sabbatical: the Stardust Lake Hotel. Little does she know, but the owner is her long-lost best friend and former boyfriend, Gabe Whitaker. As they reconnect, chemistry sparks like it once did, leading the reader through a rekindled love story.
Part of what made this book enjoyable was the description of the scenery. The town is called Christmas, and it lives up to its name. From real live reindeer to Victorian lamp lights is a vision of splendor. I only wish there was a true town such as the one in the book. It sounds like a fantasy come true!
I thought the story itself was a little on the superficial side. Gabe is so wishy-washy, he actually got on my nerves. I felt as though the depth was a little lacking in the characters. My favorite character ended up being a 4-year old little girl, Wren. Her innocence and curiosity added a cuteness to the somewhat bland story.
If you’re looking for a quick book to get lost in for a weekend, curling up by the fire, while dreaming of Christmas, this is a book for you.
A very special thank you to Bookouture for a copy of the book for my honest and unbiased opinion.