Okay seriously I feel so honored and humbled that Harlequin reached out to me to be part of different blog tours throughout the seasons. Thank you so much for thinking of me, and including me in these seasonal tours! I can’t wait to participate in more and I hope you think of me again.
Christmas from the Heart
by Sheila Roberts
Genre: Christmas Rom-Com
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Mira Books
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USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts takes readers to the charming, snowbound town of Pine River in this irresistible holiday romance.
Sometimes you need to look beyond the big picture to see what really matters
Olivia Berg’s charity, Christmas from the Heart, has helped generations of families in need in Pine River, Washington, but this year might be the end of the road. Hightower Enterprises, one of their biggest donors since way back when Olivia’s grandmother ran the charity, has been taken over by Ebenezer Scrooge the Second, aka CFO Guy Hightower, and he’s declared there will be no more money coming to Christmas from the Heart.
Guy is simply being practical. Hightower Enterprises needs to tighten its belt, and when you don’t have money to spare, you don’t have money to share. You’d think even the pushy Olivia Berg could understand that.
With charitable donations dwindling, Olivia’s Christmas budget depends on Hightower’s contribution. She’s focused her whole life on helping this small town, even putting her love life on hold to support her mission.
When Guy’s Maserati breaks down at the edge of the Cascade foothills, he’s relieved to be rescued by a pretty young woman who drives him to the nearby town of Pine River. Until he realizes his rescuer is none other than Olivia Berg. What’s a Scrooge to do? Plug his nose and eat fruitcake and hope she doesn’t learn his true identity before he can get out of town. What could go wrong?
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have been published in several languages. Her book, Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark . You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin Press and Mira Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Am I slowly turning into a holiday rom-com fan? I mean I haven’t had a major issue with any of them that I’ve had to try, and this was definitely no exception. I have noticed that I haven’t really been in much of a Christmas mood outside of the books I’ve gotten the opportunity to read lately, so maybe that’s why I’ve been living vicariously through these books and finding some little romances to enjoy.
This one was pretty interesting though, because it deals with the financial side of Christmas that I feel like a lot of people don’t think about. Olivia’s nonprofit helps those in need within the Pine River, WA area. It’s a pretty admirable non-profit to start and run, and I’m honestly curious to know how something like that would work since it seems like they would use the majority of their money at the end of the calendar year. Unless they try to spread out the money they use to help the families. Not what they did in the book but I mean in general. Who knows? I’m kind of going off topic a little bit.
It also sucked because I also understand having to cut down on donating monies when the economy is going to hell and the profits for the company just aren’t the same. Or because things have gotten more expensive because of inflation and then you have to adjust your budget accordingly in order to make sure you can pay for all of the necessary expenses that come with running a business. I mean, I don’t really know, I’m not a business-owner or anything but that’s just what I think about.
But anyway, this was super curious to see how this kind of topic would translate into a holiday themed story, but then again I think about the comparisons that the synopsis made to Scrooge and then it makes more sense, am I right? So, yeah. Think about that in a very abstract way and don’t try to compare the two word for word, you know? Just enjoy this for what it is, and happy holidays, fam. It definitely was worth enjoying.