Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: No Holly for Christmas

No Holly for Christmas by Julie N. Ford.

Here's what the publisher says:
As Brian McAlister struggles to move past being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he's ever loved, he's all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he crosses paths with ex-socialite turned social worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter-and romance blossoms. Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at WalMart, Holly is dreading the approaching Holiday Season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but because of a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. Love at first sight quickly turns frigid for Brian and Holly when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her. His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice. A heart-warming story of suspense, healing, giving and receiving, No Holly for Christmas is the perfect addition to everyone's holiday reading list.

Here's what I think: I love Christmas stories, and this one did not disappoint! While I admit I'm a sap for any story set during the Christmas holiday, I was pleasantly surprised with the uniqueness of this story. No Holly for Christmas is not your typical holiday romance; it is instead a story full of suspense and intrigue. I was impressed with the author's ability to create realistic characters. She does a fantastic job of putting you inside of Holly's and Brian's heads, helping you see the real characters, faults and all. And Holly is not your typical heroine, which makes me like the story even more. I will warn you that there is some adult content, nothing that really crosses the line, but it does get intense in a few places. Overall, the author does a fantastic job of creating real characters you will connect with in this southern tale of loss, learning, and love.

No Holly for Christmas is available on Amazon.