What to Read in 2021

In case you missed it last month, I was on a mission to finish my holiday preparations before Thanksgiving. I didn’t quite make it, but the tree is up, wine advent calendar in full swing and Christmas cards mailed. I have two gifts left to purchase and then I plan to rest and relax – at least until I start making Christmas cookies! (For more on the wine advent calendar, check out Facebook and Instagram.)

This month I am reading holiday books under the Women’s Fiction umbrella. One last recap of the definition of Women’s Fiction: 

Women’s Fiction is an emotionally-driven story focusing on a female main character who is struggling with some aspect of life. A power struggle ensues and by the end of the book, the reader hopes to see the main character stronger, wiser, happier or whatever “—er” you have in mind.

On to the book: 

December pick:

A Lighthouse Christmas: A totally gorgeous and heartwarming Christmas romance by Jenny Hale in eBook format. This book falls in Women’s Divorce Fiction, the same category My Best Mistake is in.

Description from Amazon:

When her beloved grandmother passes away, Mia Broadhurst returns to the snow-covered seaside village of Winsted Cape, where Grandma Ruth ran the lighthouse overlooking the golden beach.

This will be Mia’s first Christmas without her, and she can’t bear to part with the lighthouse that has been in their family for generations. As she steps into it, childhood memories rush back to her. She can almost hear them playing tag on the steps… But her life is back in New York, dedicated to a busy PR firm, and she has no choice but to sell.

With the snow falling, turning the grounds into a winter wonderland, Mia works with real estate agent Will Thacker. As they restore the historical building, she tries not to notice how handsome he is. After all, she’s only home for Christmas… And Will’s deep blue eyes, as stormy as the Atlantic Ocean, tells her he has his own heartbreak to contend with.

Warmed by a crackling fire, Mia packs up Grandma Ruth’s belongings with the help of her mother and sister. But waiting for them is a black-and-white photograph with a faded inscription. The mysterious message is the key to a family secret that has been hidden for decades––one that changes everything.

When Mia finds out the truth, will it save the precious lighthouse and show Mia where her heart belongs? Or will it tear her from Winsted Cape––and Will––for ever?

My Take: 

This is holiday romance comfort food. The premise is simple: a grieving, heartbroken woman in the midst of a divorce returns to her family home to rescue her mother and younger sister, only it turns out she is the one that needs rescued. 

It delivered on my expectations. Mia, the main character, was most definitely struggling with the state of her marriage and the loss of her grandmother and by the end of the book, she is happier than she’s ever been. 

There’s no surprises, twists or turns – well, okay. There is one twist but it resolves fast and doesn’t really cause a big upset in the story.

Hale gives some beautiful descriptions of the setting and the clothes the characters wear. I also enjoyed Leah, the woman who decorated the lighthouse for Christmas. She was over the top but a fun addition to the story. 

A lighthouse Christmas is an easy, cheerful read. This is the time of the year I especially enjoy relaxing with an uplifting book. Which leads me to my annual re-read…

Other books I’m reading: 

The Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. The series started in 2011 but it is my go to re-read during the holidays. It’s comfort food for my reading soul. Several people have asked me why I read the same books over and over (ten times at present count) and I get excited explaining how good the books and characters make me feel. I know what to expect and I pick up something new with each read. The four main characters, Mac, Emma, Laurel and Parker, are old friends of mine and I enjoy visiting with them each year. Call me crazy, but it’s like a pair of warm, fuzzy slippers. Sometimes, you go for the familiar!

That’s all for December and What to Read in 2021. I’ll continue reading and sharing my thoughts on various books in 2022. If there is a book you think I should read, drop me an email at carole@carolewolfe.com. 

Until next time…

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