Book Review - Happily this Christmas by Susan Mallery


It’s all about feeling safe and cozy for me right now. As the second wave of the pandemic attacks my community, we have further orders that push us back into our homes. I’m trying to be mindful of the choices I make to keep things as positive and healthy as possible. A book set at Christmas helps to brighten my mood and make me thankful of the people I have in my life and the lovely home I live in. My latest Christmas book reflects this need.

Happily This Christmas tells the story of Wynn Beauchene, a 34 year old graphic designer and single mother to her 14 year old son Hunter. She has noticed her next door neighbour, Garrick a police officer who lives alone, particularly when he’s shirtless while cutting his lawn. When Garrick approaches her for help to get his home ready for his pregnant daughter Jo Lynn, Wynn seizes the opportunity to get to know this good-looking and thoughtful man.

Jo Lynn, however, is not the friendliest of houseguests. Now married to a deployed serviceman and a baby due in a few weeks, Jo Lynn was asked to leave her mother’s home and spend some time with her father. Once very close, the two have been estranged for several years.

It’s approaching Christmas in Happily Inc. Will the spirit of the season heal old wounds, and foster a romance between Wynn and Garrick?

This book is charming and oozing in community holiday spirit. While some might consider this book a romance, this only played a part of the story. This book is more a discussion on relationships and the importance of communication in maintaining them. It’s also about honesty and forgiveness . There are some very sweet side stories which I really enjoyed. The characters were well developed and the book flowed easily. This book is the sixth instalment in the Susan Mallery’s Happily Inc series but can certainly be read as a standalone. For those that have read earlier books in the series, you will appreciate the return of some of your favourite characters. This book is highly recommended for those who enjoy a cozy, holiday read.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book which was performed by Tanya Eby who is one of my favourite narrators. She has a special ability to give characters, male or female, an authentic voice. I also appreciate her crisp, articulate speech and her ability to provide the quick wit banter between characters - one of the reasons I appreciate Susan Mallery’s books. I listened to this book at my usual 1.25x speed and found this to be the perfect speed for easy listening. For those that appreciate audiobooks, I’d choose this version over a printed format.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

20 comments:

  1. Normally I'm not excited about holiday reads. But with the way this year is going, I'm finding they bring me a little extra joy.

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  2. This sounds like such a heartwarming and festive read! I love how you don’t have to read the other books in the series to understand this book. It’s definitely a story I could get behind!x

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  3. I love reading Christmas books around this time of year , something so special about them xx

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  4. Thinking about it now, I haven't really read a Christmas novel in a really long time! This seems like the perfect cozy read during this time. Great review! :)

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  5. Books are an ideal distraction at the moment as you can be taken into another world. This sounds like a very cosy world for Christmas!

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  6. Ooh thank you for this recommendation! I needed a new audio book and I love holiday books 😊 I've downloaded it now!

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    1. Thanks Ellie! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  7. I love holiday novels! And I have loved Susan Mallery's Happily Inc. series. But I think I might have missed this one, so I will go check it out. It sounds perfect for the Christmas season.

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    1. Oh I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comment. 😊

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  8. It's good that you don't have to read the others, I'm not normally one for books this festive but this year might be the year I give a couple a go x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  9. I feel like this book came right in time to read - especially since December 1st is just about a week away! So it’s the perfect festive read as we are heading into a second lockdown as the second wave of carona increases the amount of cases.

    This books sounds like a nice cozy read - I also like that you mentioned that although there is a romance in the book it’s not like the sole part of the book and there’s other things that contribute to the plot.

    That’s interesting that it can be read as a standalone! I’m assuming that the books in the ‘series’ are more-so alike than themes rather than supposed to be read right after one another?

    Overall, sounds like a great cozy read!

    Sahara
    https://www.saharasdreams.com/

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