On Christmas Avenue – Ginny Baird

Published By: Hallmark
Pages: 304
Released On: 21/09/2021

Evan, the county sheriff, knows that businesses are struggling in the small town of Clark Creek. But unlike the mayor – who happens to be his mother – he doesn’t think that hiring a Christmas Consultant, whatever that is, will help. Especially when this Christmas consultant proposes a holiday parade that seems likely to overwhelm his staff and leave the town in even more debt.

Mary is sure the parade is going to be a superb fundraiser. She’s going to make sure of it, overcoming every obstacle…including those put in place by the stubborn sheriff. But in the middle of her planning, the unexpected happens: she and Evan begin to see one another in a different light. Could the parade bring about more than one Christmas miracle?

*****

Thanks to Hallmark for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I’ll be honest here and say that previously, I’ve not been a fan of the Hallmark a Christmas world. I found it…chintzy? Corny? I don’t know if they’re the right words…they just never gelled with me, used to more sedate British Christmas stories than the jazzed up American ones, so I was a bit apprehensive about starting this book, not knowing what to expect.

For all its issues, the small town of Clark Creek seems like such a quaint place to live, especially when covered in snow and twinkly lights, and it becomes a character in its own right, and more than stands up against its charming inhabitants.

I found it reminded me very much of the 2020 film “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” – another over the top, festive, American extravaganza that I absolutely adored.

Overall this was a very sweet and warming, charming and cozy, funny and sad book. The Christmas parade – the buildup and the parade itself – was described so beautifully it was like I was there in person, along for the ride. I wish we had parades like that here as it seems simply magical. It even brought a tear to my eye in several places, and very rarely do I cry at books.

With a playlist of Christmas music on in the background, it’s the perfect book to while away a cold autumnal afternoon.

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