- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 576 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945879513
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tule Publishing (1 Dec. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M1AO5RM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I highly recommend this book with a cup of Hot Chocolate ( I will just dream that it's from Sages).
Krista has found a home in Marietta, starting her own business with her friend and being away from the drama of her family. Jonah is brilliant and rich. A Montana born boy who has moved on, he is only back for a brief time. Neither of them has the time or energy for a relationship, and neither of them actually wants one. From their first meeting an attraction is palpable, and soon they find themselves immersed in working for Marietta's Secret Santa Society. As they spend more time together, the season of giving, happiness, and hope starts to become so much more...but it can't possibly be a forever thing, or can it?
Montana Secret Santa is the story of Krista and Jonah. It is about them, with strong secondary characters and plots that enhance the main plot instead of distracting from it. Krista and Jonah may come from different worlds from each other and the reader, but I found them to be relatable, realistic and believable. For me they were like the people I might meet in a cafe or just down the street. I liked them, and I liked that real life feeling of the unexpected and the challenges they faced. I felt like I got to know them. As the story progresses, they both experience a lot of growth. I liked that they were mature characters, and there is a distinct lack of angst which resonates with their maturity.
Debra Salone writes an emotional, touching story in Montana Secret Santa, and I liked that all parts of their present day life pull together and bring these characters to life. Montana Secret Santa was a story that gave me not only a holiday feeling, but a variety of other emotions from hope, sadness, courage, caring and love.
I'd recommend Montana Secret Santa to any romance reader!
I received an obligation free copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.
Take Krista. She starts off the book in determined mode because her business partner isn’t pulling her weight. She has a plan, she’s going to implement it, but somehow all her starch goes out of her and she’s suddenly offering to play Secret Santa, even though she hates Christmas. She hates it mostly because of constantly being letdown by her family over the years, but also because her last serious boyfriend dumped her over the holiday. She’s also pretty cynical about selflessness and giving.
Yet somehow, over the course of the book, all of this changes. But we don’t see it. One moment she’s sneering about someone’s request for their sister to have a spa day (which of course they have to go along on too), the next she’s practically an elf, full of the joys of giving. Not that we actually see any giving either. I was pretty disappointed about the lack of Santa-ing, be it arranging gifts or giving them. Krista’s family also add stress and trouble throughout, but we don’t get to see her with them either. It happens in flashback. Which left me feeling a little flat.
Jonah is more straightforward, without too much trouble in his past. I enjoyed reading about him and Krista growing closer and I did think they (and the dogs) were very cute together. A bit more insight into what he was thinking towards the end might have been nice, but since this book’s focus is firmly on him and Krista, we do at least get most of the important relationship moments between them.
So overall this was okay. I like Debra Salonen’s writing and have really loved some of her Marietta/Big Sky Maverick books, but this one felt a bit too short and light on details beyond the romance. It’s still an enjoyable, easy read, but the episodic nature of the second half meant I didn’t like it as much as I’d hoped.
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
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