This would have been a great read before Christmas, snuggled up under a blanket with a cup of cocoa on the table beside me. It is a Christmas romance, a little light, set in a Christmas tree lot.
Publisher’s Summary: Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
It was an ok book, but it got me thinking about a couple of Hallmark holiday movies. The first one, from 2005, also involves a romance that springs from a Christmas tree lot.
IMDB Summary: Christy Byrne, a Christmas tree farmer, whose wife died four years ago, goes to New York with his children and meets Catherine O’Meara, whose husband died three years ago. Though their paths cross frequently, Catherine and Christy remain emotionally isolated until a compelling crisis draws them together and allows them to rediscover the faith, hope, and love of the Christmas season.
Catherine O’Meara is portrayed by Anne Heche plays who has quite a history in Hallmark holiday movies.
This year she stars in Looks Like Christmas.
IMDB Summary: Two single parents battle for control of the Christmas holiday at the middle school their children attend and learn a lesson about the meaning of Christmas.
Two years ago, we saw her in One Christmas Eve.
IMDB Summary:A series of mishaps threaten a recently divorced mom’s attempts to make her two kids’ first Christmas “without dad” perfect.