The 24 Days of Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

  • the-24-days-of-christmasTitle:  The 24 Days of Christmas
  • Author:  Linda Lael Miller
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Christmas
  • Published:  November 2016 – Lyrical Shine
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  A matchbox advent calendar first brought Frank Rayner and Addie Hutton together. But that was years ago. Since then Addie has written herself out of her father’s will, gotten herself blacklisted as a reporter, and had her husband leave her for a younger woman. The only good decision she seems to have made is to move back home, even if Frank now owns that home and is renting the apartment over the garage to her. Not that she thinks there’s anything there. There’s no reason to get wrapped up in the holiday cheer. Because Christmas miracles are for the movies. Real life is about unexpected families—and the magic of true love—and could there be a happy ending after all?  (publisher)

My take:  This sweet story is a re-release of a novella previously included in  No Place Like Home and Jingle All The WayI hadn’t read either anthology so it was new to me.

The 24 days of Christmas was a quick read. It’s a second chance story about not giving up on your dreams – even dreams you didn’t know you had.

I think a novella is perfect for reading during the busy holiday season when you want to escape for a few minutes and don’t want to read anything heavy.  I’m a fan of Linda Lael Miller and got exactly what I expected from this story – a nice, romantic holiday tale that was light on drama and just the perfect amount of sweetness.

14 thoughts on “The 24 Days of Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

  1. For the first time in a few years I have no seasonal reading planned. Not that this stops me from making lists of books I’d read should I happen across them. Loving the cover of this one but I’m not sure its ‘Christmassy’ enough for me – something which put me off seasonal reads.


  2. I like it when there is a novella republished and I haven’t already read it just as you discovered. And love the theme of not giving up on dreams.


  3. Hi Mary,

    I generally find that short stories or novellas, really don’t have enough substance for me, with storylines being hurried and condensed too much, to fit them into the required number of reading pages. However, a well thought out and competently written novella can be a godsend when I am just looking for a short infill read between projects.

    I also wonder how well Linda was able to adapt her storytelling technique, as it seems as though she generally prefers writing books with a ‘western’ theme. Given that you are a fan of the author though, I would follow your judgement call on that one!

    Overall, this is probably not a book for me, however I am pleased that you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing 🙂



  4. I like the idea of novellas for Holiday reading. This sounds like one I would like – similar to the Hallmark Christmas specials my hubby tapes for us to watch. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


  5. Over the past week that I have been sick I think I’ve watched at least ten Hallmark Channel Christmas romances. Perfect answer to a post-election, sicky week. Novella like this remind me of those movies 🙂


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