Title: No Ordinary Christmas
Author: Belle Calhoune
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Page Count: 281
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Mistletoe, Maine, is buzzing and not just because Christmas is around the corner! Dante West, local cutie-turned-Hollywood hunk, is returning home to make his next movie. Everyone in town is excited . . . except librarian Lucy Marshall. When Dante took off for LA without warning—or even a goodbye—he broke Lucy’s heart. She swore not to spend one more minute thinking about her ex, but Dante makes an offer Lucy’s struggling library can’t refuse: a major donation to film on-site.
Dante is thrilled to help boost his hometown’s economy and finally begin making amends to the people he hurt years ago when he left, starting with Lucy. But seeing his former best friend on set every day feels a lot less like closure and more like a fresh start. It’s one thing for Dante to fall for Lucy all over again, quite another for a famous movie star and a small-town librarian to find lasting romance. Can the magic of the holiday season give Lucy and Dante’s first love a second chance?
No Ordinary Christmas by Belle Calhoune is the first book in the new contemporary romance Mistletoe, Maine series. The story in this first book is one that is told by changing the point of view between the two main characters in the book. It also does seem to be that the common theme for the series will be the setting and possibly changing main characters in the books to come.
Dante West grew up in Mistletoe, Maine but left at the first chance he got with every intention of heading to Hollywood and making it big as an actor. The road wasn’t easy at all to achieve those dreams but Dante did make a name for himself staring in action movies but now wants a change in his career writing and directing his own film.
Everyone in Mistletoe seems to be excited for Dante’s return to film his new movie, everyone that is except the one Dante left behind, Lucy Marshall. Lucy knew of Dante’s dreams and is happy for him but she can’t forget all the nights of crying herself to sleep when Dante went without her. Planning to avoid him at all costs doesn’t last long though when Dante offers up a huge sum to film in the library where Lucy works.
No Ordinary Christmas by Belle Calhoune was a lovely opener to this new contemporary romance series. Being a fan of a second chance trope I had hoped I would enjoy this one and I was right. The characters were likable and it had a nice small town vibe. I would say I would’ve liked to have seen even more Christmas incorporated into the story but I can see how that was hard with the moving filming. Overall though since I did enjoy this one I will be excited to see where the next book takes us.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Publisher’s Weekly Best Selling Author Belle Calhoune was born and raised in Massachusetts, one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library fed her hunger for books, particularly romance novels and mysteries. A member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) Honor Roll, Belle has written over 40 books. Her novel, An Alaskan Christmas, has been made into a television movie by Brain Power Studios, to be featured on UPtv in October of 2019.
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