Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bell Renshaw: One Christmas in Winter

By Kelly Bridgewater

Reba Farwell is finally getting a chance to live out her dreams. Sent to Winter, Montana to direct filming for a crucial, on-location shoot, she knows the next two weeks will make or break her career. And she could definitely use a break. As if that isn’t enough, she’s got a secret that none of her crew knows. All she’s asking for is two weeks of small town, Christmas beauty and a little bit of on-camera sizzle.

Five years ago, Hoyt Bradley’s heart and future shattered in one fell swoop that landed him back in Winter. Thankfully, making lemonade—or his father’s famous lemon meringue pie— out of lemons is what he does best. Running Bentley’s Diner has filled the gaps left in the wake of his heartbreak, even if it hasn’t healed him completely. Not wanting to relive memories of his rocky start in the film industry, Hoyt does his best to steer clear of the dreaded film crew, but Winter has a way of bringing people together.

After one fateful delivery and a score of icy bad luck, Reba finds herself in a bind and at the mercy of what Winter can offer. Will she pull the film together in time to salvage her name as a director? Or will the sparks flying off-camera create more of a distraction than she knows how to handle?

Come visit Winter, Montana in this Christmas Novella where the Christmas lights are always on and the snow falls most frequently when loved ones share a kiss.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

One Christmas in Winter is a short novella by debut author, Bell Renshaw. The novel takes place in a made-up town called Winter, Montana. It is a magical Christmas town where a movie is being made by Reba Farwell, the heroine. Reba struggles with doubts that she can actually create a realistic movie. A movie that will make a difference in the movie world. While struggling with a heroine who keeps her on her toes, Reba meets another struggle when her hero gets in an accident and can't act anymore. Luck for her, she runs into Hoyt Bradley and sparks fly. Amid the conflict and the movie making, Reba and Hoyt have sparks fly across the page. The writing is clear and crisp. I had no problem imagining the scenery. I also enjoy how Renshaw gets realistic internal dialogue for Reba and Hoyt as they struggle if they like each other or not. If you are a fan of Christmas Hallmark movies, then this story is right up your alley. Romance starts in the opening chapter, and chemistry happens between Reba and Hoyt through the whole novella. There are moments of sigh worthy magical moments that make it easy for Reba and Hoyt to fall in love even among all the conflict with movie. Since it is a novella, the story moves pretty quickly. I enjoy the novel and can't wait to read the next novella coming out in December 2018. Fans of Melissa Tagg and Becky Wade should pick up this novella and read it with the Christmas lights on and something warm in their hands.

I received a complimentary copy of One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw, but the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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