Series: Silver Springs #7
Published by Harlequin MIRA on October 13, 2020
FINAL DECISION: This charming holiday romance showcases the heartfelt connection between Emery and Dallas, making it a pleasant and worthwhile read, especially for fans of the Silver Springs series. While the handling of sensitive themes and predictable plot twists may fall short of expectations, the book still manages to deliver an enjoyable and satisfying story.
THE STORY: Emery Bliss is an up-and-coming TV anchor whose ex posts a humiliating sex tape of her online, causing her to lose her job and self-esteem. Seeking solace and anonymity in Silver Springs, she meets Dallas Turner, a mountain climber who is back home for the holidays for his adoptive mother’s wedding. Despite their initial reluctance to get involved with another person, Emery, and Dallas are thrown back into contact with each other, and sparks start to fly between them. Dallas’ troubled past and Emery’s recent humiliation makes it difficult for them to connect with people, but their growing attraction makes them want to overcome their past and take a chance on love.
OPINION: Overall, I enjoyed this book. The charming holiday romance novel has a lot to offer, including a heartwarming romantic connection between the main characters, Emery and Dallas. Their chemistry is palpable, and their emotional journey is both engaging and satisfying. I also appreciated the depiction of the small town of Silver Springs, which adds depth and richness to the story.
That being said, the book does have its flaws. While the handling of sensitive topics such as revenge porn and childhood trauma is admirable, it can come across as somewhat superficial and lacking in nuance. Additionally, some of the plot twists can feel predictable and formulaic, and the pacing can be a bit slow and meandering at times.
Despite these issues, “A California Christmas” is still a solid and enjoyable romance novel that captures the magic and warmth of the holiday season. Fans of Brenda Novak will appreciate the well-developed romantic connection between Emery and Dallas, as well as the sense of community and camaraderie that permeates the book. While it may not be perfect, it is still a worthwhile read for anyone looking for a heartwarming holiday romance.
WORTH MENTIONING: Something that really bothered me was the heroine taping her phone calls with her ex. That is illegal in California, which is easy to find out.
CONNECTED BOOKS: A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS is the seventh book in the Silver Springs series. It can be read as a standalone, although there are some supporting characters who have continuing storylines.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.