Holly left her unhappy life behind, hoping for a Christmas miracle . . .
Everything about Holly Truesdale’s existence is, well…forgettable. The only good memory of her childhood is their family Christmas in the quaint town of Bethany. Tired of the high society life, Holly leaves the big city, longing to recover the sense of belonging she felt in the Victorian town. She opens a scrapbooking store, ready to help others preserve the important moments she missed as a child.
Holly is drawn to Liam, the widower who runs the B&B next door, but doesn’t fully trust herself in a new relationship. As Holly and Liam grow closer, Holly becomes concerned for the town matriarch, Miss Bethany. But even as Yuletide celebrations are in full swing, Holly and Liam can’t help but notice that Miss Bethany harbors a secret. One that could change Christmas in Bethany forever . . . .
Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of twenty-four multi-genre novels and is a seasoned collaborator in both fiction and film. She has novelized six screenplays and movies, including her newest, Old Fashioned, with writer/director Rik Swartzwelder. Her romantic comedy with screenwriter Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride, won the Carol Award in 2010 for Best Women’s Fiction. Her new titles include two more novelizations with Cheryl McKay, Love’s a Stage and O Little Town of Bethany. Her seven suspense books include Possession, Misery Loves Company, Ghost Writer and Escapement.
Cheryl McKay is a screenwriter, book author (non-fiction, children’s books, and co-written novelizations of her film scripts), married to the love of her life after a long wait to find love, an advocate for the hearts of singles who are losing hope in their waiting, and passionate about the health of marriages. Cheryl recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia after living in Los Angeles for 15 years. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Chris, who is a photographer, a musician and video editor.
Are you looking for a heartwarming Christmas book? Then you should definitely check out O Little Town of Bethany by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay. A quick read (I finished it in one sitting), this one is packed with lots to love. With a small town vibe, lovable characters, and a sweet romance, this Hallmark Movie-worthy novella gets a recommended rating from me.
So what makes this book a winner? First the town of Bethany itself is a place I wish I could visit. Nestled in a valley in north Georgia, the town has Victorian quaintness going for it. Its slightly quirky citizens are people I would love to hang out with. And the two main characters, Holly and Miss Bethany, are definitely women I could cheer for. Add a couple of cute kids and a hunky dad, and you don’t need much more. But . . . there is a bit more in the message of making a family a place to belong.
I loved O Little Town of Bethany! It certainly got me in the Christmas mood.
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(Thanks to Serenade Books for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)