Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Review: Hope for Christmas by Stacy Finz

This Christmas in snow-capped Nugget, California, the gift of a second chance is all anyone can wish for . . .

Sparkling lights, sugar cookies, a fragrant tree—Emily McCreedy is checking off her list for a perfect holiday with a new baby on her hip, two adorable stepsons hunting for presents, and her husband’s love shoring up the life she rebuilt after the unbelievable tragedy of losing her young daughter to abduction seven years ago. 

But the merriment dims when Emily receives a strange note alluding to her daughter’s disappearance. Emily’s sure Christmas miracles are only for TV movies, but with each new communication, she finds herself face to face with the one thing that matters most—hope.

Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Lyrical Shine 
Series: Nugget #10
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday

Kristine's Thoughts:

Hope For Christmas is the 10th in the Nugget series by Stacy Finz but it can be read as a stand alone. I have not read any of the series and I could follow along but I do feel like I might of appreciated it more if I had read Emily's original story. Also, there was a lot of name dropping and interactions with characters that I did not know and can only assume were from the previous instalments of this series.

For only 110 pages I can say that this novella was full of love, family and most of all hope. I thoroughly enjoyed the realistic approach that the author took to the situation at hand because it made it more believable. However, there was some glazing over of key and important parts to the story which I had a hard time overlooking. I don't want to get into specifics because it would give portions of the plot away.

In the end I thought Hope for Christmas was worth reading but I do think that it would have been better served as a full length novel. There was a lot crammed into those few pages that could have been developed on that would have given it the impact that a story like that deserved.

About the Author
Stacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press) about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over--and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love. Look for her Garner Brothers series (Zebra) in 2017.

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