Title: Christmas Charms
Author: Teri Wilson
Release Date: October 6th 2020
Length: 280 pages
Genre: Christmas Romance
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
She never dreamed her holiday would include
her hometown, a dog, or a firefighter.
But a mysterious charm bracelet
predicted it all…
Ashley’s supposed to be having the Christmas of her dreams. After four years of working at an upscale jewelry store in Manhattan, she’s finally going to get a little velvet box of her own―from her boyfriend Jeremy, who’s taking her on a romantic trip to Paris. What could go wrong?
Ashley heads home to Owl Lake instead, falling asleep on the train ride there…and waking up with a beautiful antique charm bracelet on her wrist. Soon, she realizes that each silver charm predicts an event that happens in real life. What does this mean for her and Jeremy…or her and Aidan, her former high school boyfriend, who’s now a local firefighter? Is there still a chance that she could have the perfect Christmas?
**** My Review ****
We all sometimes need to escape from the cruelty of our everyday life and believe in magic, at least for a few short hours to forget about everything and indulge in a more beautiful world …. This wonderful story offers all that and much more, a book that perfectly captures the magic of a wonderful holiday. Sweet and festive story that will put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.
Ashley is a girl who sacrifices a lot to succeed in what she believes, to succeed in her life goals and everything seems to be just perfect, life in the big city, nice job and a perfect boyfriend …. The plans are just too perfect, a trip to the most romantic city in the world and a magical proposition she hopes for …. But what will happen when the perfect image in her head bursts like a soap bubble, when the perfect idyll disappears and the desire to return to her small town will be her only consolation? What will happen when she becomes magically attracted to the wonderful past and a man who manages to shake her to the core? The past and the present, two men, one woman and a decision that will change her life forever …
Definitely an emotional love story that will delight you and take you into that magical world of Christmas romance and second chance. Although this is the first time I have read something by this author, I believe it will not be the last. What immediately caught my attention was the absolutely beautiful cover page that conveys the message without words. Clear and beautiful style of expression, with rich descriptions that allow you to visualize all the places and scenes. Just as you read, you feel like you are watching a movie. The story is rather short, but doesn’t feel rushed or sloppy, it was just perfectly paced for me. I was also amazed by the well-developed characters, both Ashley and Aiden are awesome, Ashley as a strong, yet gentle heroine and Aiden the perfect hero- a small town, sexy firefighter. The secondary characters were really interesting and added to the appeal of this winter love story.
I have to admit that I love Christmas-themed books, especially around Christmastime. And believe me that this cute story checks all the boxes- an idyllic small town, handsome ex-boyfriend, some Christmas magic and happily ever after, add some hot chocolate and you have a recipe for a perfect afternoon.
****About the Author****
Teri Wilson is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, whimsical contemporary romance. Three of Teri’s books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR’S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at www.teriwilson.net or on Instagram @TeriWilsonauthor.