The Christmas Window by Melissa McClone

Posted October 19, 2018 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance / 2 Comments

A matchmaking aunt wants her nephew to find love under the mistletoe… 

All doggy daycare owner Callie Andrews wants for Christmas is to win first prize this year. The annual window display competition is a huge event in Silver Falls, and she’s determined to showcase her success when her family visits her small town. It’s time for her parents and three older brothers to realize the “baby” of the family is thriving on her own. 

The last thing Brandt Winslow wants to do is rehash the past, but returning home to Silver Falls means confronting the reason he left. His vacation, however, takes an unexpected turn when his well-meaning aunt meddles in his love life, and he finds himself caught up in her misguided efforts at matchmaking. 

Despite their reluctance at being paired up, Callie and Brandt discover the holidays are full of surprises…and romance. But is the magic of Christmas strong enough to keep the couple together through the new year?

Title:  The Christmas Window
Series:  –small town holiday romance —
Author:  Melissa McClone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 18, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

One of the hardest parts of being an adult is living up to the expectations of our families — or maybe, what we believe those expectations are.  Callie is quite happy and content living the life she wants, owning a doggy day care business and sees no reason to change that for anyone else.  Yet, with her family coming in to town for the holidays she’s determined to show them just what a success she’s become… all without a law degree, or big business takeovers under her belt, too.  The one way that Callie believes she can accomplish that is by winning the annual Christmas window display competition this year… surely that would show her family that they don’t have to worry about her, she’s thriving just fine on her own.  Maybe… maybe not… maybe it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks but what Callie knows in her heart.  Some lessons learned this Christmas season may be under Callie’s tree.

Brandt would have never returned to Silver Falls if his favorite aunt didn’t insist on living there…. well, to be fair it is a nice small community, and maybe he wouldn’t hate coming here so much if it wasn’t the location of the biggest betrayal of his life.  The best part of his career was that he could work just about anywhere.  Freelancing meant that he could stay as long as he liked or pick up and leave at a moment’s notice… which he intended to do just as quickly as possible, not spending a moment longer in Silver Falls than absolutely necessary.  Brandt’s plans might have worked out well enough if his aunt hadn’t decided to be a meddling matchmaker for her favorite nephew.  Now the question becomes can he make a future in the one place that defines such a huge part of his past…

The Christmas Window easily drew me in to Callie and Brandt’s romance.  From an unfortunate first impression, through some bumps in the road to happiness it wasn’t difficult to see that this couple belonged together — once past their stubbornness and misunderstandings.  Yet some adorable pups and one well-meaning matchmaker do steal some scenes from our couple, and I was perfectly okay with that.  I enjoyed my time in this charming Christmas tale full of interesting characters, a small town to fall in love with and a couple that you cannot help but wish for their happy ending.  Looking for a Christmas Romance that’s full of feel good moments?  Then I believe you’ve found one right here.  Enjoy.

*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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2 responses to “The Christmas Window by Melissa McClone

    • Marcy

      You’re very welcome. I had such fun with the pups and, of course, Callie & Brandt.

      I should say thank you for a great story that I enjoyed. 🙂