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There are certain authors that I know without a doubt will deliver heartfelt stories any time of the year, but particularity at Christmas... Kathryn Freeman is high on that personal list. Last Christmas season we were given the gift of A Little Christmas Faith which stole my heart, this year A Little Christmas Charm gives us another couple with layers to spare. Gabby and Owen seem, on the surface, to be polar opposites... but dig a little deeper and you'll find two people who are searching for the very same thing, someplace, someone to belong with forever.
It takes skill to present me with characters who I didn't particularly warm up to at the start of this journey and slowly, but certainly peal back their layers to allow me to have a glimpse of what happened in their past that shaped them into who they are today, or the events that are driving their reactions at this moment in time. I felt that way about Gabby and Owen. They both have faced disappointments and challenges in their lives to bring them to this point. Now they have a chance to find that elusive happiness and sense of belonging... if they are brave enough to take the risk, and wise enough to show their true colors to each other.
There were many moments in A Little Christmas Charm that had me chuckling out loud, and others that simply broke my heart. That's what a good story is supposed to do, engage my emotions - and you'll find a lot of those in this Christmas Romance. Full of interesting characters, beautiful Christmas festivities and locations I was easily caught up in the lives of two people who obviously are attracted to each other, but need a bit of a push to take that final step. If you read and enjoyed A Little Christmas Faith then you'll be delighted at running into old friends and discovering how they are doing today. (And if you haven't read the first story, then you certainly should pick it up for it's a delightful Christmas love story)
In all, I had a wonderful time with A Little Christmas Charm and would recommend it to any reader who loves not only a good story, but a heartwarming Christmas Romance as well.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
I have read Kathryn Freeman's work before and I always know that I am in for a great read but A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHARM is far and away my favourite of her books so far. Engaging and loveable characters mixed with heart-pounding romance is a sure-fire recipe for a thoroughly mesmerising Christmas romance.
Gabby Sanderson is smart, witty, capable, and determined. But she is also lonely and afraid of opening herself up to anyone. So when the sexiest and most charming man at work, Owen Cooper, shows an interest in getting to know her more personally, Gabby's natural reaction is to block him at every turn. After all, if her own mother never had time for her and disappointed her all the time, why would Owen be any different? But Owen is determined to show Gabby that trusting the right person is nothing to be scared of and as their tentative relationship soon turns into something all-consuming, will he be able to break down the walls surrounding Gabby's heart? Or will the past always find a way to come between them?
While the setting is perfect in this book, it is the characters who really steal the show. Gabby is a such a strong character yet I could feel her fear of letting someone into her world, and I really felt for the little girl who was always left by those who should have nurtured her. Owen is suave and witty, but there is so much more to him than a pretty face, and it was a pure delight to get to know him and his family.
A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHARM by Kathryn Freeman has magic, romance, and plenty of misunderstandings to keep you hooked from start to finish, and I have to say it is topping my list for my favourite festive story for 2018.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
This is a fantastic festive romance with the start of an office romance that has potential to be more but only if fears and anxieties from the past can be overcome.
Gabby Sanderson is in the marketing department, but she is so used to other people letting her down that she's reluctant to trust anyone in her life, let alone let them anywhere near her heart. When Owen Cooper from the sales department sets out to woo her she's sweet temptation to him but can he get past her barriers to give them both a chance? Can she trust him not to be another person to let her down?
This is a lovely story where Gabby's childhood is slowly revealed and it explains so much about her attitude and angst . . . And when you learn what happened to Owen when his only long term relationship ended . . . . Well, you've just got to hope that things will work out for them both, despite everything that keeps throwing a spanner in the works! I didn't want to put this story down until I'd finished it. The story explores family relationships, their impact on the present and gives you hope for the future for all concerned. It is an emotive read that had me just wanting things to sort out for all of them. If you enjoy festive romances with great characters and plenty of twists and turns to add surprises, I really can't recommend highly enough that you make sure you have a copy of this wonderful festive story to read this Christmas - it really is a sweet treat!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book without obligation and this review is my honest opinion after I chose to read the book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
Christmas must be on the way as this is the first book of many I will be reviewing over the next month or so.
I knew I recognised Kathryn’s name so looked back at previous blog tours and that was when I found a blog post from almost exactly a year ago to the day that I read my first Christmas book of 2017, which was Kathryn’s book ‘A Little Christmas Faith’, so this is becoming something of a tradition for me now.
Just like A Little Christmas Faith I really enjoyed this new book by Kathryn and felt it was a very nice Christmas read.
The book follows Gabby and Owen throughout the Christmas Season. Gabby is a bit hard to get into to start with as she seems very aloof, but as you learn her back story you find out why she has trouble falling in love and trusting people.
When she meets Owen she slowly starts to fall in love with him, but if it was all plain sailing then this would be a very boring and unrealistic book. They have their ups and downs and at times looks like they could be going their separate ways, and Gabby has to make some tough decisions in her life before everything falls apart for her.
Overall this is yet another brilliant Christmas book by Kathryn and I look forward to more from her in the future.
The holidays and romance are made for each other. From favorite Christmas songs to cozy fires to snuggle by, from merry gatherings to mistletoe moments, Christmas is the season for love and hope. Author Kathryn Freeman shows us what happens in the real world, away from the Christmas card perfect scenes.
The author is at her best with her characters and their development. The book begins six weeks before Christmas as a committee meets to plan the corporate Christmas party. Owen Cooper, successful salesman, blessed with looks and charm, has begun to realize that the new employee in Marketing, Gabby Sanderson, is quite enticing.
Owen begins his “sales campaign”. The relationship between Owen and Gabby progresses from flirtatious and gentle to full-on sensual pleasure. A tropical getaway for two during the holidays is scheduled. But then…
We learn more about Gabby. She has had an unusual upbringing that has left her with major trust issues. To her, Owen is just another flirt, a casual fling. As the days count down to Christmas, can Owen win her heart forever? Can Gabby finally discover and reveal her feelings?
We learn much about Owen and Gabby and how life and love can get complicated. Each of these main characters is well-developed, likable and memorable. We also get to meet a mix other characters, from work and family that add magic to the story. The young girl Zoe is a charmer herself. And Christmas is fully on display, with all the wonders of the season. (Turns out Owen is the master of corny jokes. You’ll love his “groaners”.)
Many readers will enjoy the slow romance of Owen and Gabby. Owen is a darling guy. For me, the story dragged, filled with too many similar descriptions of Gabby’s trust issues.
For readers who are wondering- yes, there are many “bedroom scenes” in the book. Nothing graphic, but plenty of mentions of heat and passion.
I’m sure Kathryn Freeman’s fans will adore this book.
Many thanks to Rachels Random Resources and the publisher for and ARC. This is my honest review.
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
This is a lovely, heart-warming story that was thoroughly enjoyable and it would be a complete treat for the upcoming Christmas period!
I loved the plot and the writing style was great, the story flowed very well and it was a really easy book to read. It had just the right amount of detail for me to keep the story focussed on the main plot and to allow the characters to develop as the book progressed.
The setting was lovely and I really enjoyed everything about this book from charming cover to the lovely ending. Five stars from me – very highly recommended and another superb book from this author!
After being extremely snobby about women’s fiction for a good long while, I find myself reading more and more of it. I guess it’s in part due to a comforting familiarity in women’s fiction – we live in such uncertainty these days, it’s reassuring to read about love and happy things and, by the way, I have also succumbed to the lure of the Christmas book!
A Little Christmas Charm is a warm and welcoming story of a strong and independent woman who has been hurt in her early past by a poor relationship with her family, but begins to trust again when she meets a charming and irresistible colleague.
Despite twists and turns in both their lives, a little of the Christmas spirit leads them together and – hopefully – into a bright and loving future. You see? Happy things!
That’s certainly not to say that things are all plain sailing along the way for Gabby and Owen, but following the twists and turns of their new relationship is both sweet and incredibly annoying! As with most fictional couples, the urge to bang their heads together at certain moments is very strong, but they are both sweet characters, deserving of a happy ending.
This book is really heartwarming, perfect for the time of year and, at the time of writing this review, only 99p on Kindle, so an absolute steal.
This is a book about a relationship between two very different people which should never work ‘on paper’. Despite demons from the past and real life getting in the way Gabby and Owen can’t deny their mutual attraction… but are they really meant to be together?
Gabby has built up a wall around herself and believes that a career is all she needs, something that she is firmly in control of. Owen only has to rely on his looks and cheeky charm to get women falling at his feet.
I immediately felt protective towards Gabby, desperately hoping that Owen’s intentions were honourable and he wouldn’t break her heart. I didn’t need to worry because it soon became clear that Owen was actually a deeply caring man, under his cheeky chappie facade. Would Gabby let down the barriers enough for Owen to warm her heart and give her the Christmas that she deserves?
The characters are so believable and multi-layered it was a sheer joy to see the relationship develop. There were so many sweet and tender moments, interlaced with humour and emotional backstories. A beautiful festive read, highly recommended and another absolute gem from Kathryn Freeman!
This is the second in the Christmas Wishes series. It can easily be read as a standalone but I recommend you read the first one A Little Christmas Faith first. This one briefly mentions the main characters from book one which is nice. It's another charming story from this excellent author of feelgood romance. As always the reader is rooting for the main characters to get over their difficulties and give in to the attraction and love they feel for each other. A perfect winter, fireside read.