Published by Bluefields on 2019-10-23
Length: 98 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release Challenge
Chrissy Jensen lives in a town full of Christmas fanatics. Too bad she hates everything about the holiday. Aside from her justifiable grievances, the endless barrage of displays and events is enough to make any girl gag. Nothing has ever been able to thaw her frozen yuletide heart. But when her brother brings a handsome friend home for the holiday, she starts to reconsider her contemptuous attitude. The deliciously yummy houseguest LOVES Christmas. Pretending to share his sentiment couldn’t hurt. Right?
Wrong. The sudden personality transplant doesn’t sit well with her best friend Nate. He perpetuates the deception in order to get even, which causes an agonizing dilemma. Now, Chrissy must keep up the charade—with a cheerful disposition—or risk being caught in her lie.
Sometimes you pick up a book and just know it is going to be great before you even crack the cover. This is one of those times. The Trouble with Christmas by Robin Daniels is a light-hearted, clean holiday romance perfect for teens and adults alike. Following the story of one girl with a crush and her best friend as they take on their town’s Christmas Pageant.
Christmas Eve Jensen, yes that is her name, hates Christmas and everything to do with it. Her name is synonymous with the Grinch to her neighbors, family and friends. Chrissy, born on Christmas day, has always resented the holiday and its traditions. When her brother brings home his college roommate for the holiday break, Chrissy may have let it slip that she loves Christmas and the pageant while trying to impress the handsome boy. This doesn’t sit well with Nate, her neighbor and best friend. He enters her into the town’s pageant. Now Chrissy has to compete in the dumb pageant all while trying to be someone she isn’t for her brother’s friend.
I really like Chrissy. She is down to earth, a little shallow (but what teen isn’t), and set in her ways. When Nate enters her into the pageant, of course she is furious, but she never backs down from a challenge. I love this about her. She is determined to win, getting to work on the projects with Nate is a bonus, and she can flirt with her brother’s roommate while she’s at it.
The pageant itself isn’t the main plot of the book, but I love it all the same. Each day the contestants are given a different craft to do (think gingerbread house, tree decorating, etc), and are whittled down to the final ten. The final ten contestants compete in a beauty pageant (well not quite a beauty pageant, since it’s for both men and women). This is a fun element in the book, showing Chrissy’s competitive nature and Nate’s crafting abilities. It also gives the reader time to digest Nate and Chrissy’s relationship which brings me to the main plot. While Chrissy might be crushing on her brother’s roommate, it’s obvious to all but Chrissy that Nate is crushing on her. If you like best friend tropes, you are in for a treat!
Overall I love The Trouble with Christmas. Sitting at 98 pages, it’s a fast, lighthearted read. Perfect for the busy holiday season. Honestly this book reads like your favorite Hallmark (or maybe Netflix) Christmas movie. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys heart-warming romance.