Title: A Christmas Kind of Perfect
Author: Christine Schimpf
Publisher: Prism Book Group
Publication Date: December 1, 2017
Page Count: 140
My rating: 2.5 stars
About the book:
Conrad Hamilton thought his life would be easy. A great job running his own construction business. Living in his hometown in Door County, Wisconsin with Lila Clark by his side. He’d planned to marry her as soon as she returned from her Chicago internship, but it never happened.
Lila never expected to become a successful writer nor did she plan to spend years in New York. But she did.
Can the magic of Christmas turn two hearts back to one another again, or is it too late to capture that special kind of perfect?
A Christmas Kind of Perfect by Christine Schimpf is a contemporary romance read that should have warmed my heart and had me rooting for a happily ever after from the very beginning of the story however that didn’t become the case with this one. There’s a detail left out of the description that just rubbed me the wrong way during the entire book that kept me from enjoying the entire thing.
Starting this one we meet Lila and Conrad five years after their relationship ended by just drifting apart as they began their careers. Lila has been in New York making herself a success as an author and Conrad stayed in their hometown. Now bringing this pair back together sounds lovely to me, that is until Lila arrives and everyone tells her that Conrad is on the verge of proposing to someone else.
Now during this book there are slight little digs at this poor unsuspecting lady who probably thought Conrad was her one and only to just keep reminding me that she exists. She’s not a big player in the book but how can I not get it out of the back of my mind that this great guy for Lila is going to break another’s heart? So what if she’s not a great cook and more career minded? I’m sure Conrad knows how to feed himself if he’s been dating her long enough to consider marriage.
Anyway, this is a clean read so one’s version of cheating may not apply but seeing and falling in love again with an ex without breaking up with the current girlfriend was enough emotional cheating to me that I couldn’t be all cheery inside of Conrad and Lila’s growing relationship. In the end this one had a ton of potential if only both characters were completely single upon their reconnecting but as is it’s just not for me.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
CHRISTINE SCHIMPF was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and is an award winning essayist.
Her debut novel, Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime (2011) is based on the life of her grandfather-in-law. “It’s about love, immigration, risk, fear and success all rolled into one powerful story,” says Schimpf. Five years after its release, the book remains the #1 best seller in her hometown at a local book store and gift shop.
The Ticket (2015), an inspirational romance set during the construction of Titanic centers on a young woman overcoming selfishness. The book won the 2014 semifinalist seat in the American Christian Fiction Writers Association’s Genesis Contest in the Historical Romance Novella category.
Christmas 2017 Prism/Pelican Book Group will release Schimpf’s, A Christmas Kind of Perfect, an inspirational romance that tests the strength of forgiveness in a love thought lost. The story is set in Wisconsin’s Door County, in a small village known as Sister Bay.
Christine is a member of the national and local chapters of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, The Wisconsin Writers Association.
She lives on five acres in the country with her husband and golden retriever and is now fortunate to devote most of her time to writing. She always has a work-in-progress, but in her spare time, she enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and simply being outdoors, her source of inspiration.