Christmas Ever After
A Cape Hope Series Novel

By
Author Clare Connelly

Purchase: Christmas Ever After

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #Smalltown #Christmas #SecondChance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 4

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Release Date: October 6th 2021

Read: September 1st 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Blurb:

He once chose her happiness over his. Can this Christmas be their second chance?

Cassidy Hanna never felt like she belonged in Cape Hope, so she fled town and heartbreak ten years ago for a new life in Manhattan and everything she ever dreamed ofโ€”a great job and the perfect boyfriend. Only sheโ€™s never felt emptier and more alone. When her beloved grandfather falls ill, she knows she must push aside the past and return home to help.

Letting Cassidy go without a fight was the hardest thing Cape Hope doctor Phoenix Walker had ever done. Even as his own life fell apart, he lied and encouraged her to fly far from home to live out her dreams. Now Cassidyโ€™s backโ€”just for Christmasโ€”and Phoenix wonders if they can have a second chance at a happy ever after…even if itโ€™s just for the holiday.

๐Ÿ“My Review๐Ÿ“: 4 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

I enjoyed this novel very much despite that I found it to be sad for nearly the entire length. This is one of those books where I am being extra careful with my review. How can I articulate my feelings without giving away the plot? I can’t. Christmas Ever After spans years. The author goes back to the past on several occasions which makes the premise even more complex and filled with character depth and development. I read the first book in this series and enjoyed that as well. I found that I have a connection with this author’s writing. While I did not experience what the characters did, she engaged me from the very beginning and I refused to put this book down until I got my happily-ever-after. I wasn’t at all sure of how this book would end due to the angst and behavior of certain characters. Phoenix was a hero I had to love despite his choices that I did not agree with. I’ve never been a fan of a man making decisions in the relationship that HE thinks is best without talking about it with the heroine. People should be able to make their own choices. And here is where I won’t comment about that further. Cassidy is amazing, strong, caring and independent. I admired her a great deal.

I can tell you that this book was beautifully written bringing the characters and town to life where you could feel the presence strongly; you are there in Cape Hope. Lots of twists and turns. A book that is not forgettable. 

While I received an advanced reading copy ofย Christmas Ever After,ย this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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