Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Deck the Halls (Darling, VT)
by Donna Alward

Kindle Edition128 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Swerve

With shades of It’s a Wonderful Life, one man must face his past to find his future this Christmas.

In the last year, George's life has drastically changed. The formerly homeless veteran now has a job he likes, a family in the residents of Darling, VT, and for the first time in years, a home. But while his present is good, he's still haunted by the past, a past that appears shortly before Christmas when the older sister of his brother-in-arms hunts him down and finds him in Darling, working at the Ladybug Garden Center.

Amy’s looking for closure for her family after her brother's death in the Middle East, but the serious man she finds working in Vermont doesn’t resemble the soldier she remembers from years before. This man is hardened and yet somehow fragile, too, and in her desire to find out what really happened to her brother, she learns more about George than she ever expected.

With a little Christmas magic and the whole town supporting them, can these two bruised hearts make a future together?

Deck the Halls is a novella jam-packed with so many emotions and feels! I blew through this novella in one sitting and enjoyed every moment of it! This novella was a quick and charming story that put me in the holiday spirit!

I am not a veteran, so I do not personally know what it is like to be a veteran, but I thought this author did a good job at realistically portraying what it is like for a veteran to return home. There wasn't a lot of time to really delve into the PTSD that the characters in this novella faced due to the length of the story, but I was glad that the author still made it an important subject. George was a veteran and this story delved into how he was dealing with his PTSD since the war and other things that haunted him from his past. My heart really broke for George and I was really hoping he would get the love he deserved. George was a kind, gentle, and understanding man. I was so happy that he got a chance to get the happily ever after he deserved. 

The romance in this story was adorable and extremely heart-warming. Amy and George had a rocky history, so they definitely had a lot of hurdles to overcome to make their relationship work. It was an emotional and rewarding journey to see them make their relationship work. 

Overall, this was a quick and emotional novella. I would recommend this novella to anyone who is in the mood for a holiday novella with a heart-warming romance! 

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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