Author: Heather Horrocks
Release Date: September 9, 2011
Publisher: Word Garden Press
Format: Kindle copy
Source: It's free on Amazon.
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Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller. For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block--until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes it’s the perfect solution to his plot problem. He digs in and discovers two things: one, his villain’s weapon will fit inside a snowman's body, and two, this particular snowman was supposed to be the backdrop for Lexi’s next show. From this improbable beginning comes friendship, but can there be a happy ending for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood? Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.
You know how sometimes you'll be flipping through the channels for a fun Christmas movie to watch, and all of a sudden you come across a particularly cheesy and sugary romance on Hallmark? That's how I felt with this book. It was SOO a Hallmark movie. And don't get me wrong. I love some of those Hallmark Christmas movies! But I'm sure you know exactly what I'm saying when I tell you that this one was just TOO Hallmarky. I supposed with the right overdose of the Christmas spirit pills, one might be able to sink their teeth into this one without getting a cavity. But even the cheeriest of elves, or Mrs. Claus herself, would probably feel the need to brush their teeth big time once they finished this.
Now don't get me wrong. It's not a bad book by any means. The story idea was a lot of fun: famous children's author meets young Martha Stewart, and they help each other recover from their pasts to pave the way for a future together. But the story was so implausible that I could not see past that to anything else. Lexi and Kyle meet for the first time when he destroys her beautiful snowman, in the hopes of finding a twist for his next book. She gets so unbelievably mad at him, you'd think he stole her secret fruitcake recipe and sold it on the Black Market. It's a snowman. But she flies over the handlebars and refers to him as one of the worst men in the world for ruining her snowman.
This is the biggest case of instalove I've ever seen. More than Twilight, even. They go from hating each other's guts to planning a Christmas party together, which of course makes them fall in love. The two are engaged before they even have their first kiss and before they even exchange "I love you's". Ahhhh! It happens in like 4 days! To offset the sugary love, the author threw a very depressing pity party for Kyle and his family, who spend Christmas Eve morning the 22nd anniversary of their mother's death. It felt a little forced to me, and I got really depressed reading pages and pages of crying. It was just a roller coaster of extreme emotions.
I did enjoy that the story takes place in Salt Lake City. I always have fun reading about places I've actually seen, like the mall they mentioned. And I really liked Lexi's kids, especially her daughter Tricia. But other than that, this book was just too much for me. Martha added too much sugar to this batch of cookies!