Brilliant, but overworked California accountant, Rachel Mills, inherits an old bookstore in Marietta, Montana, just as she’s been passed over for a huge promotion. The smart thing to do would be to buckle down and keep on working. But for the first time in her life, she goes with impulsive and books a flight to Montana to inspect the bookstore, and hopefully have her first white Christmas ever.

Texan lawyer and entrepreneur, Atticus Bowen, has found the perfect location for his next restaurant—the two-story, turn-of-the-century brick building on Marietta’s Main Street. All he has to do is convince the new owner to sell Paradise Books to him. After all, used bookstores aren’t practical or viable businesses, and he’s making Rachel Mills a very generous offer. But instead of jumping on his offer, Rachel decides she’s going to open the bookstore doors for December and ‘explore her options.’

The last thing Rachel expected was to fall in love with the old bookstore, or charming Marietta. She never expected sparks to fly with handsome, arrogant Atticus Bowen, either. Smart, practical Rachel realizes she just might be falling in love with the sexy, opinionated Texan lawyer — something that could prove to be neither smart nor practical….or the best decision of her life.

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Title:  Oh, Christmas Night
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Author:  Jane Porter
Genre:  Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 5, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There are authors and series or worlds that I anticipate a Christmas release from long before the holidays get near.  Marietta, Montana is one such world and Jane Porter is one of those authors that I will read anything she writes, especially Christmas stories.  It was one of Ms. Porter’s stories that introduced me to Marietta, Montana – a reading addiction that I own, love, and freely admit to devouring any story placed in this unique, small town.  So, we return to that magical Montana town for Rachel and Atticus as they experience the magic of Christmas, Marietta, fate and falling in love with not only a unique, perfect life-partner but a community as well.

Rachel is determined to succeed, an accountant who has worked hard in her profession only to see herself passed over for promotion time and time again and always by a man.  When she receives a package from her godmother, including the gift of a small-town bookstore – well, she’s surprised and intrigued (and angry) enough to make the trip to Marietta to check it out.  Atticus has also descended upon Marietta but that bookstore would make the perfect location for his restaurant.  Neither could have known that this trip was going to change their life – just not in the ways they expected.

OH, CHRISTMAS NIGHT is an emotional story on many levels as Rachel and Atticus must change their ways of thinking, open themselves up to possibilities and let a town help them heal, grow, and fall in love.  I was captured from the start and loved every moment of this hard-fought journey to a forever kind of love.  There are issues and mistakes made but in the end, both Atticus and Rachel learn the value of trusting in their instinct, of setting aside their path to take another one, and the magic that one quirky, at times crazy, always welcoming community can give.  This is a story that will go on my annual re-read Christmas Romance shelf – and, yeah, it is that good.

If you love a really well-told tale, a sprinkling of Christmas magic, reconnecting with old book friends, and finding love just when you least expected it then you’ll love OH, CHRISTMAS NIGHT.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. 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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