I’ll Be Home For Christmas Book Review & Excerpt
Get ready because this post is packed with fun information about Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas. I’ve got my I’ll Be Home For Christmas book review, and excerpt, a little extra info about the book, and a surprise at the end! Basically, you’ll just want to set aside a few minutes to read through this post and learn about this super fun, light Christmas romance novel. Let’s jump right on in!
Michelle’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas Book Review
I am probably the only one of the Tipsies that really reads romance novels and that’s not saying much because I haven’t read any in a while. However, I still enjoy the occasional quick romance read or two and I have to say I’ll Be Home For Christmas showed up in my inbox at just the right time. After months falling down a YA Dystopian / Fantasy rabbit hole it was really refreshing to read a light, heartwarming novel.
The premise of the story is not new, it is very much a version of The Holiday which the characters reference several times in the book. Two women, Gabi and Katie decide to trade lives for Christmas, but, unlike The Holiday, we only really see Gabi’s adventure. And, that adventure include the dreamy Joe, her new neighbor and Katie’s brother. Lori Wilde does a wonderful job of bringing Twilight, TX to life for anyone who hasn’t read any of the previous Twilight Texas novels (which I hadn’t prior to reading I’ll Be Home for Christmas) and beautifully develops each of her characters. You really get a sense that you know these characters and what life is like in Twilight.
Now, this is a romance novel so it is predictable, but if you are picking up a romance novel then you are probably reading it because it’s predictable. What I love about romance novels like I’ll Be Home for Christmas is that they are all just sex. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good, steamy scene, but I really dislike reading romance novels that sacrifice plot and character development in favor of packing in as much sex as possible. Lori Wilde does an excellent job of telling a story that happens to include some sexy encounters between the two main characters. This is definitely a book that could easily translate to a Hallmark Christmas movie, and as most of you know, I love a good Hallmark movie. I feel that if you are a fan of the romance genre and like a heartwarming Christmas story then you will really enjoy I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
Still on the fence about whether or not you’ll enjoy Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas? Check out this excerpt from the novel.
Gabi got out of the car and her designer heels sank into the damp earth. Not the proper footwear for navigating a pasture’s bumpy terrain. Maybe she should buy a pair of cowboy boots. Better yet, maybe she should get a motel room.
What had she been thinking?
In truth? She hadn’t fully thought this through. That’s what she got for not asking for details. An adventure was what she’d wanted and that’s what she’d gotten.
Purposefully, she readjusted her chin, her spine, and her attitude. Okay. Bring it. She was on board with whatever circumstances threw her way. This was part of her journey. Had to embrace the new in order to strip away the old, right?
The domed tent sat atop a plain wooden deck. Off to one side was a large chicken coop, and a black and white cow grazed contentedly in the field. Animals? Was she supposed to be taking care of animals? Katie hadn’t said a word about animals.
Her heart, which had been nesting in her stomach, glided right on down to her shoes. Gabi had never had a house pet, much less been around farm animals.
She hiccupped. Her lungs tightened and her head buzzed dizzily.
Calm down. It was okay. She could handle this. Momentarily, she closed her eyes, let the fear wash over her and away, then brusquely dusted her palms. Move forward.
The sun was sinking toward the horizon, bumping through gray clouds, sending cool fingers of winter to silver the long grass ruffling in the breeze. The scent of the lake and Christmas tree pine tinged the air, smelling both earthy and sur-real. She paused on the deck of the tent house, in-haled deeply, and listened to the silence.
The chirp of a bird. The whisper of the wind. The gentle sound of her own breathing.
Ah, peace. Nice. Very nice. She could get used to this.
The ping of a metal axe against wood cut the quiet. Gabi lifted her head and glanced around. Less than fifty yards separated her from the Christmas tree farm, and through the branches of the trees she spied a man chopping at a fir that he felled in three easy whacks.
He wore a blue flannel shirt that rippled in the back every time he swung the axe. The sleeves of his shirt were rolled up to the elbows, exposing forearms corded with muscles and giving her a show of strength, agility, and timing as he picked up the downed tree and tossed it effortlessly onto a flatbed trailer parked down the row of trees.
Her gaze dropped to his masculine backside hugged by a pair of faded Levi’s. Uh- oh, she knew that butt. It was the same scrumptious ass she’d seen less than half an hour earlier at the coffee shop.
It was He- Man.
More About Lori Wilde
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. www.twilighttexas.com
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.
And, last but definitely not least…A GIVEAWAY
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