Thursday, December 21

Book Review: A Christmas Kind of Perfect by Christine Schimpf

Author: Christine Schimpf
Title: A Christmas Kind of Perfect
Genre: Romance
Pages: ebook
Published: December2017
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)

Conrad Hamilton thought his life would be easy. A great job running his own construction business. Living in his hometown in Door County, Wisconsin with Lila Clark by his side. He'd planned to marry her as soon as she returned from her Chicago internship, but it never happened.

Lila never expected to become a successful writer nor did she plan to spend years in New York. But she did.

Can the magic of Christmas turn two hearts back to one another again, or is it too late to capture that special kind of perfect?

Awwwwe what a fun Christmas romance. I can’t help but enjoy romances that are brought together by snow, trees, and food. 

This story follows two characters that had dated for eons, but they broke up because she wanted to go to go to New York and be a writer, but he wanted a quiet life in their hometown with babies and a white picket fence. Years go by and she comes back to town to help her old friend. Drama happens, Christmas spirit is tested, and of course it ends with a HEA. No spoiler there ;D.

Ooooo they were idiots the both of them. I wanted to smack them. Lila…you can be a writer at home…there is no real need to have to move to New York. Conrad….if you really loved Lila you could’ve gone with her. FOOLS! Stubborn, stubborn fools. All this drama and regret and loneliness could’ve been avoided if they just sat down and talked about all the options. BUT then there wouldn’t be a story of course. 

I am glad that Lila and Conrad took FOREVER to realize that they need to be together. They are convinced they can just be friends. Conrad is convinced that he is destined to marry some work-aholic who I am unsure how they lasted SO long…they are complete opposites and want different things. I feel like he was just settling and hoping that things would get better. Super sad indeed. 

Honestly, I want Suzanne to get her own HEA. Sure she was a cold-hearted B the majority of the book, but it turns out she did have a nice side and she does care for Conrad…in her own way. She deserves to be happy. Strange that the author changed the direction of this character! Normally the current lover of one of the main people are demonized and made for you to hate so you don’t feel bad when the main person gives them the boot. This wasn’t the case near the end. At the beginning you feel like you dislike Suzanne, but then she surprises you and you really warm-up to her especially after something she says to Conrad. 

There were some parts I felt were just fillers that were not needed so it slowed the story down. Sure this is not abnormal, but it just felt like fillers and added in last minute. Some parts did not flow as well. Also, there were sometimes the dialogue seemed forced and not natural. No one talks like that. No one. 

Besides for the fillers and occasional unnatural dialogue, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the lovebirds finally getting over their bullheadedness and just working together for their love. A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE indeed. If you like a light, fluffy romance filled with Christmas joy I recommend this one. I’ll give this…3 stars. 


Blodeuedd said...

Xmas book :D

Melliane said...

sometimes it's nice to have a book like that

Carole Rae said...

B, eekk!

Melliane, agreed!