Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson

The Christmas Room
by Catherine Anderson

My rating: 3.5 stars

Publisher: Berkley (September 26, 2017)
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Holiday Romance
Print Length: 432 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Widow Maddie McLendon has uprooted her life to move to Rustlers Gulch with her son and grandson. But as a brutal Montana winter looms on the horizon, contractors have yet to break ground on their new house, leaving them to live in a makeshift camp of trailers, tents, and sheds....

Since his wife died six years ago, millionaire rancher Sam Conacher has been content to wallow in his grief alone while keeping a tight rein on his twenty-six-year-old daughter. But now the girl has gone and fallen in love with his foolish new neighbor’s no-good son....

Maddie and Sam will never see eye to eye on anything, until a near-tragedy gives them a true glimpse into each other’s souls. And as the first snowflakes begin to fall, they’ll discover that an open heart is the biggest gift of all....

The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson

The Christmas RoomThree generations of the McLendon family pulled up roots to make a new life in a rural Montana town amidst the beauty of the wilderness, only to find their next door neighbor will do anything to make their life a living hell. Little did he know he would later eat those words when he meets his match in Maddie McLendon.

Two generations will find love, but it is sixteen-year-old Caleb that shows the most maturity and unselfish love throughout this tale. Maddie has a terrible secret that she keeps “for the good of her family.” Sam blames himself and punishes the world for his wife’s death. Twenty-six-Year-old Kirsten allows her father to run roughshod over her life, sneaking around to find “fun” and lose her virginity. Cameron has tried to raise his son the best he can, and has set an amazing example.

What could have been a beautiful holiday romance got lost in vile name calling, physical violence, and worse, a total lack of understanding and compassion on Sam’s part when Maddie’s “secret” is revealed. While there are moments of humor to lighten the darkness, I just couldn’t relax into this tale and believe in the two romances I saw growing. THE CHRISTMAS ROOM by Catherine Anderson had so much to give being a holiday romance, I was disappointed that it just didn’t quite deliver for me. I would, however, love to read Caleb’s story when he becomes an adult.

I received an ARC edition from Berkley.

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