By Ashantay Peters
The Wild Rose Press. You can search for it by title or by author Robin Weaver's name.
In this novella, Suzette Forrester discovers she’s been entered into the local Christmas tree decorating contest, familiarly known to many as The Christmas Tree Wars. Unbeknownst to the generous friends who footed the bill, Suzette had played the lack of funds card as an excuse. Her real reason for not entering the contest was deeper and difficult to admit.
Suzette wonders if she’s made Santa’s naughty list for life when she learns her high school crush, Spence James, has returned to help his ill father. She’d love to sit on his lap and whisper her Christmas wishes in his ear, but Katarina was standing first in line. Which makes working with Spence fraught with emotional icicles.
Mix a wanna-be fiance, a Hollywood star with secrets, a series of contest wins by Suzette’s grandmother, and a history of losing to Katarina to the holiday potpourri, and you’ve got the makings of a Christmas Tree War. And what a fun war it is!
I enjoyed the many plot turns and new twists of language employed by Ms. Weaver. The author’s trademarked snarky heroine does herself proud and pulls off a laugh out-loud HEA win in more than one category.
If you are searching for a short read to take your mind off the stress-related decorating, baking, and shopping to find just that right gift for cantankerous Uncle Joe, pick up The Christmas Tree Wars novella. You’ll be swept into a story that will invigorate you faster than devouring an entire gingerbread house!
Be sure to put December 10 on your calendar so you can add this title to your personal Christmas gift list. This writer gives the book a high recommendation for a ho-ho-ho good time. And that’s no snow-blinded opinion. Remember, I come by my holiday story biases naturally.
May your upcoming holidays be filled with satisfying stories, love, joy, and peace!