Friday, December 3, 2021

Review of A Nutcracker Christmas by Laurie Winter

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Christmas is a time of magic, and there's plenty in this sweet holiday romance. Read my review of A Nutcracker Christmas by Laurie Winter and then download your own copy. Be sure to enter the giveaway! And check out an exclusive excerpt at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters.

A Nutcracker Christmas
By Laurie Winter
Sweet Contemporary Romance, Magical
Paperback & ebook, 210 Pages
October 11, 2021 by Champagne Book Group

Suddenly let go from her news anchor position, Aria Roberts heads north to stay at her late Great-Aunt Clara’s house. She has many good memories there and wishes to give Clara’s Christmas Shoppe, which is located on the first floor of the Victorian mansion, one final holiday season. When Aria arrives, she finds the special gift Clara left for her—an antique nutcracker with a poem hidden under the back lever. Aria reads the poem out loud. At sundown that night, those words magically bring the nutcracker to life. 
Kort Zellner awakes inside the familiar surroundings of Clara’s house but learns she has passed away and now her great-niece resides there. The curse placed on him three hundred years ago traps him in the form of a nutcracker but allows him to return every December 1st through midnight on Christmas Day—only between sundown and sunrise. 
After some convincing, Aria believes Kort’s strange story. She helps him experience life as he is gifted so few hours alive and in doing so, falls in love. He knows his curse makes it impossible to give her the constant relationship she deserves. His plan to leave her forever on Christmas Day collides with Aria’s desire to build a future together, even if for only twenty-five nights a year.

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**My thoughts**
The book description, and even parts of the story, reminded me a lot of the story in The Spirit of Christmas, which is one of my favorite movies to watch during the holiday season. A man from the past comes to life during a portion of the day at this particular time of year. And of course he and the woman - who is working to revamp her life - develop a strong friendship and are attracted to each other. But despite those similarities, this book is quite unique on its own and I fell in love with it.

Aria is not dreadfully older than I am and is considered to be washed up and too old to continue her news anchor job. Plus her beloved great-aunt Clara has passed away and her daughter is away at college. Her marriage had fallen apart. So she's trying to figure out a lot in her life as she reopens her aunt's beloved Christmas store for one last hurrah.

And then we meet Kort, who has been cursed to this wooden nutcracker, only appearing in the evening hours for the month of December until Christmas. He has his own tragic past and struggles to deal with all that he has lost. And yet he is comfortable in this present time.

They're both learning how to heal and enjoy the life that they have around them. I loved watching them grow and still got a lot of that holiday happiness that I so crave at this time of year. And I definitely think that this one would makes a wonderful holiday movie as well. So Hallmark and Netflix need to get on that!

Thank you to Prism Book Tours for my requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Multi-award winning author Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running with her dog, Shadow. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's likely fueling up on wine, cheese curds, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book. it sounds like a wonderful read and I am looking forward to it


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