Thursday, December 9, 2021

Review: Christmas in Tinsel Tree Village: A Holiday Novella by Viola Shipman

About the Book


Graydon House
Release Date
September 1, 2021


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Just in time for the holidays, a beautiful story about letting go of grief and discovering the healing power of love, from USA TODAY bestselling author Viola Shipman

Neve Ford, once the queen of Christmas, no longer loves the holidays. While she once reveled in the magic of the first snow of the season and her collection of heirloom decorations, they now serve as reminders of the husband she lost too soon. With so many painful memories haunting her small Michigan hometown, Neve moved away and never looked back.

Now working in Chicago, and a social media star thanks to her spectacular Christmas windows, Neve’s sole focus is creating crowd-drawing displays—and ignoring the pleading letters her grandmother continues to send from home. But then her job unexpectedly takes her back to Michigan to curate displays for a Christmas festival. An expert at avoiding her past, Neve plans to slip in and get gone…until word of her return leaks out. The walls Neve built around her heart may be strong, but with some unexpected help from the community, Neve will learn that she can’t outrun family bonds—or the promise of hope that only Christmas can give. 


My Review

Neve Ford always loved Christmas.  After a tragic accident, she no longer loves the holiday and wants to get away from all her terrible memories.  She leaves her hometown in Michigan and heads to Chicago.  She establishes herself as the creator of store Christmas windows and is very successful.  When she is awarded a very important job in her Michigan hometown, she’s both elated and scared.   

Unfortunately, her past catches up with her.  All she wants to do is run and keep running, but that answer is no longer the right one.  She must face her demons and move on with her life. 

What a beautiful, heartwarming, sweet holiday story.  I fell in love with Neve right from the start.  She’s a strong, but tortured heroine.  This story is filled with hope, grief and reawakening. It’s an emotional read.  Perfect for the holidays.  My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer.  Still, I really loved this story.


FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from  the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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