A rising star, 
a down-to-earth teacher, 
and a Christmas touched by wonder… 

Country music star Kris Trabeau heads to Charming, Mississippi, to convince his aging aunt to sell her farm and move into a nice retirement community. She’s not having it, and she enlists her neighbor Tory Hudson to help her remind Kris why the farm means so much…especially at Christmas.

After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Tory’s not feeling the holiday spirit. Still, she agrees to co-chair a children’s concert and silent auction that will benefit the after-school center where she volunteers. As Kris helps her with the concert and spends time with the kids, the attraction between them becomes harder and harder to ignore. Can he trade spotlights and city lights for the place where the music began?

Title:  A Down Home Christmas
Series:  —  —  —  —  —
Author:  Liz Talley
Genre:  Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 2, 2019
Publisher:  Hallmark Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

If you love Christmas Romance at any time of the year (like me) but especially in the lead-up to all the Christmas releases we can be looking forward to from now ’til next January — well, I’ve got a great Christmasy story to steal your heart and make you wish for snowfall with twinkling lights.

I suspect we all have an Aunt Tansy in our family tree, mine is passed now but I certainly had the love and the frustration of a quirky, adorable, means well even if you don’t agree relative.

Aunt Tansy still runs the family farm even though she’s getting on in years, the work is a bit harder, and she recently, most annoyingly broke a bone so she’s somewhat sidelined at the moment.  But that does not mean her schemes are going to be laid up with her.  Nope.  She’s about to convince her nephew Kris that although he might be a rising star in the Country Music world, he’s still a country boy at heart and he needs to remember his roots.

Aunt Tansy isn’t about to be shipped off to a fancy retirement home so she enlists the aid of her neighbor Tory who has recently gone through a rough break-up.  One old-fashioned Christmas celebration, just like back in “the old days of her youth” is exactly what Aunt Tansy wants for Christmas this year.   And she has two perfect people to help her get ready for the celebration – and if she has her way, do some falling in love this Christmas Season.

A little matchmaking, a quirky aunt, two stubborn people who swear they are not perfect for each other… oh, and a sweater-wearing chicken named Loretta Lynn.  If all that doesn’t catch your funny bone, your romantic heart or your Christmas spirit I don’t know what will.

I had such fun with A DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS.  I laughed until the tears were streaming, my heart was engaged by Kris and Tory who fell in love in spite of themselves, was totally immersed in Christmas at every turn, and simply had a wonderful time with this Christmas tale.  I strongly recommend this one for any reader who loves the Christmas Season with all the trimmings, enjoys a good laugh along the way and loves a really good Romance as well.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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