Chocolatier Emma Miller has a new business selling bonbons to the residents of the quaint town of Wood Creek. When a tiny visitor stops by her shop with an interesting request, Emma is intrigued. The young girl needs chocolates that will help her widowed dad fall in love, preferably with her teacher. What Emma didn’t count on was Casey’s ever so charming and handsome dad, Grant, stepping into her life. She has to remind herself to be cautious because the one thing she learned in foster care is that people always leave.

Pilot Grant Galloway is touched by his daughter’s gift and is curious about the person who made the world-class chocolates. But when he steps into Emma’s shop full of delicious smells and tasty morsels, he forgets to breathe. And it has nothing to do with his favorite dessert. She’s pretty and kind, and when she has to deal with a difficult client, his protective instincts kick into high gear. But he risked his heart once. When his wife died, it left him broken. He’s just now beginning to pick up the pieces, and he and his daughter will be leaving town once the holidays are over.

Thanks to some Christmas wishes, though, these two might discover that their carefully laid plans are about to change.

Title:  A Family by Christmas
Series:  Little Shops on Heart Street
Author:  Viv Royce (who writes Cozy Mystery as Vivian Conroy)
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 14, 2019
Publisher:  Entangled – Bliss
My Rating:  4 stars

A FAMILY BY CHRISTMAS is sure to warm your heart this holiday season, and one little girl will certainly steal hearts and scenes throughout this story.  Really, everything you need to know before picking up this Christmas Romance is in the Cover Description.  The only thing you won’t learn from there is the depth of the emotions that are going to grab your heart and not let go until the final page.

Emma and Grant both have valid reasons for not risking their hearts again even though each is lonely in their own fashion.  One charming little girl who wishes for her Dad to find love and happiness again will bring two strangers together perhaps to take a risk once again.  Yes, there are a few bumps along their road to happiness but nothing huge enough to get in the way of their growing love for each other and for Casey.  This is a quick read, one that kept a smile on my face throughout.  I completely enjoyed this world and sincerely hope there will be more to come from the small town of Wood Creek.  If you’re in the mood for some Christmas magic, two people who seem meant for each other, a charming town and one determined little girl who will steal your heart – then you need to pick up A FAMILY BY CHRISTMAS right now.  I had such a good time in this world and believe you will, too.

*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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