Review: It Started with Christmas

It Started With Christmas


A beautiful, feel-good Christmas story. You’ll laugh, cry, and fall in love with this wonderfully warm and MAGICAL festive romance…

Holly McAdams loves spending the Christmas holidays at her family’s cozy cabin, with its little red door and twinkling lights, tucked in the snowy hills outside Nashville. But this year will be different. Someone unexpected is joining them…

After Holly and her beloved Nana struggle through a snow storm to reach the cabin, they discover gorgeous and wealthy Joseph Barnes, who has been renting the cabin for the last few weeks, is now snowed in. And it looks like he’ll be staying for the holidays.

Determined to make the best of the surprise situation, Holly tries to bring everyone together by baking delicious treats and decorating the cabin with plenty of festive sparkle. She finds herself growing close to handsome Joseph, who is unlike anyone she’s ever met before, even if Nana isn’t so keen on the dashing stranger with the mysterious past.

But charming and irresistible musician Rhett Burton is also back in town. Thrown into close proximity with the person who used to be her best friend and the man who broke her heart, Holly realizes it’s time to face her feelings and figure out what she really wants from her life. But to complicate things, both Joseph and Rhett have secrets to reveal…

Will Holly be able to find herself and the love she’s always dreamed of this Christmas?

Discover the joy of Christmas in this gorgeous novel, celebrating the importance of friendship, the magic of love, and finding happiness by being true to yourself.

Rating: 5-stars


It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale is a novel full of humor, heart, and romance. I loved the family and second chance themes. I also enjoyed following as Holly took care of her Nana and tried to make things easy going in the cabin. When Holly and her Nana arrive to spend Christmas at their family cabin, they didn’t expect to have a visitor. Joe is a renter who should have been gone by now. But due to his canceled trip back home and to the weather, he was stuck living in the cabin longer than owners of the rental cabin thought. With zero cell phone reception none them had any idea. This was a Christmas filled with surprises. Some were hilarious, some were sweet, and some were intense…I was sure what the ending was going to hold for them all. But it was the best! I love Jenny Hale’s storytelling skills. They are superb! I was laughing, crying, and rooting for all the characters. Overall, this was a clean and sweet contemporary romance novel.

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