23 December 2009

A Home for Christmas Book Review

Book: A Home for Christmas
Authoress: Deborah Grace Staley
Length: @185 pages
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Genre: Adult Fiction | Romance
First line: "They say you can never go home."

My summary: Dr. Janice Thornton has always dreamed of having a family. Now she has a chance at then when an uncle she never even knew she had offers her his small town practice just down the street from a dreamy single carpenter. Will Janice really leave her big city practice for family? Will she give the dreamy carpenter a chance? Will the road really lead home?

My say: Christmas reads are often terribly cliche or too sweet. But A Home for Christmas is better than that. It has beautiful complicated characters who suffer from realistic insecurities and are easy to relate to. The result is a lovely coming home and love story that just happens to take place at the most magical time of the year.

My verdict: I loved this story because it is sweet but full of layers.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My favorite part: The town angel who just happens to pop in at the right time.

My Meter Readings:
Kiddie-o-meter: This one is safe for even tweens. It remains chaste and contains no foul language or social commentary. The only violence is a fight between two brothers.
Adult-o-meter: Adults will relish in the sexy moments, subtle complexities, and idyllic town.

Noteable: This novel is part two in a series about the town of Angel Ridge Tennessee. Each novel is independent and it is not necessary to read the one before it. The first book is called Only You.

Click here to visit the Angel Ridge blog.
Click here to visit the author's page.

My final say: I love and dream of living in a small town. How about you? Do you enjoy small town reads?


  1. This is really nice. Sometimes when I read Christmas reads, I need some flaw in the characters. This is just perfect. Lovely review :)

  2. Oh boo, I missed the questions. I love answering em :)

    Anyway, I, as well, have always dreamed of living in a small town. I love reading about them too. It's like a place where everyone knows each other and this familiarity is what keeps the whole town united somehow. That would be awesome, and probably the place of my dreams. :D

  3. I agree; many holiday books are cliché or too sweet, or the characters aren't believeable enough. I'll keep this title/series in mind. =)

  4. I love the sound of this. I would love to live in a town where everbody knows one another.

  5. Giving it five stars means that it's pretty good! I love christmas book! :)

  6. Sounds like a sweet story. I usually shy away from Christmas stories for the reason you stated.

    As for living in a small town - I grew up in one. Yes everyone knew each other. You could do NOTHING without the whole town knowing. My high school class was 32 people. It usually makes me giggle when people say they want to live in a small town just because I lived the reality. Some days I'd move back in a heart beat just because the pace is slower.

  7. I grew up in a smaller city.. I say city because now it's huge. It was dirt roads and now 6 lane roads. CRAZY. It was awesome growing up, we were not afraid to sleep outside in our front yards watching the meteor showers. It was a fun time.

  8. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  9. Well this certainly sounds like a wonderful Christmas time read....and yes, I agree with the general comment there about most ending up too sweet and such....although this years picks have surprised me with the story lines complexity. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy holidays....and happy reading!

  10. There is something really quaint, cozy and appealing about small towns, isn't there? I've lived in the suburbs of D.C. my entire life, so the idea of a place with sidewalks "where everybody knows your name" is pretty foreign to me! :)

    Sounds like a sweet holiday story! Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Very nice review, Juju.
    This sounds like a sweet read and I love the cover.
    Heading to my TBR list . . .

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  13. Great review! I love christmas reads.

  14. Oh, wow, a 5 star holiday-oriented book! Great review as always, and it sounds cute. I might check it out sometime, thanks! :)

  15. I guess it depends on the small town. I grew up in a somewhat small town but it was full of drama. Then I visited a small town in north carolina and it was so sweet! I was there for a few days and had dinner at a different place each night (not many options) and I recognized a lot of the same people everyday. lol

  16. Jess: Excellent point! I hadn't considered that.

  17. I love a story with some good layers to it. This one sounds fantastic. I just got it for free on my Nook, so I'll be reading it soon. Thanks for the great review!

  18. Greg: :)

    Alyssa: It was :)

    Penelope: Oooo it went free for the nook. Hooray!