Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Review: One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan


 
Title: One More for Christmas
Author: Sarah Morgan
Published: October 2020, HQN
Format: ARC E-copy, 384 pages
Source: Netgalley

Summary: 
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Christmas Sisters comes this sparkling tale of Christmas redemption. Brimming with Sarah Morgan’s trademark festive cheer, you won’t want to miss it!

For sisters Samantha and Ella Mitchell, Christmas is their most precious time of the year—a time for togetherness, love and celebration. Most of all, it’s about making up for everything their childhood Christmases lacked. But this year, they’ll be buying presents for the most unexpected guest of all—their estranged mother. It’s been five years since they last saw each other. But when their mom calls out of the blue and promises that this Christmas will be different, Samantha and Ella cautiously agree to spend it all together…

Gayle Mitchell is at the top of her career, but her success has come at a price—her relationship with her daughters. She never seemed to say or do the right things. Her tough-love approach was designed to make them stronger, but instead managed to push them away…until a brush with her own mortality forces Gayle to make amends. As the snowflakes fall on their first family celebration in years, the Mitchell women must learn that sometimes facing up to the past is all you need to heal your heart…



My thoughts: I've read quite a few books by Sarah Morgan, most recently the last few she has written that fall within the cozy holiday-theme. What I love most is that while there is definitely that holiday feel to them, there is also substance there...it's not all fluff and holiday charm.

It's no secret that I love a good story about families, particularly ones that delve into relationships and family dysfunction. I love a story that involves secrets and one where there might possibly be some type of reconciliation. Any else that happens - a romance, the holidays, some great locations - is all extra. 

I found the characters here to be relatable, especially the sisters. That bond is always something I look at critically, having two sisters myself. And what we get is relationship between the two sisters that is supportive and realistic. I loved how they were there for each other when they were needed, questioned each other and pushed at just the right time. Both need to make changes and we see that happen during the course of the book.

Each character takes their own journey in this book and I loved that. For some, the journey had more obstacles than others. This book tugs at your heartstrings at times, but it is not without it's humor. There were times I found myself laughing out loud, only to be tearing up in the next moment. 

Even though Christmas is still months away, I found this book to be the perfect read to lift my spirits and get me thinking about the holidays!


 

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2 comments

  1. This sounds like a good warm-up book for the holiday season, which will be here before we know it!

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  2. I haven't read Sarah Morgan in several years but I love the sound of her more holiday reads she's had lately and this sounds absolutely wonderful. Definitely a book I need to add to my holiday stack this year.

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