by Caitlin McKenna
Publication Date October 5, 2021
Published by Carina Press
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
"A modern fairy tale that’s sure to enchant.” -- Publishers Weekly
A heartwarming romance about what it takes to bring a little holiday spirit to the grinchiest of skeptics—and how one small town with an abundance of Christmas magic can bring two people together.
Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for Charley Dawson. After writing a column suggesting readers cancel Christmas, she’s sent on assignment to St. Nicholas, Colorado, home of the Scrooge Legend. The legend says that any “Scrooge” who enters the town will end up loving Christmas as much as Santa does. She’ll go, she’ll prove the myth wrong, she’ll have a fantastic new column. Easy as mincemeat pie.
Detective Jack Brody assumed the Scrooge Legend was just that—a legend. A free stay in the picturesque town seems too good to be true, so he heads to St. Nicholas to investigate. Once there, he finds a winter wonderland, a group of kind but suspiciously closemouthed townspeople…and his high school sweetheart, Charley. He’s more than happy to team up with her, especially when it might mean a second chance with the only woman he’s ever loved.
As Charley and Jack go dashing through the snow to find the truth, they rediscover all the reasons they were a great couple. Of course, in the town of St. Nicholas, Colorado, there are plenty of someone's little helpers to bring people together with comfort and joy when they need it most…
Colorado Christmas Magic by Caitlin McKenna is a sweet, heartwarming, holiday story that takes place in the magical town of St. Nicholas, Colorado. Colorado Christmas Magic has a strong Hallmark Christmas Movie vibe, and I believe it’s a perfect story for a holiday movie.
Charley writes a blog for Authentic Lifestyles called the Cold Hard Truths. After she writes a blog post complaining about Christmas, she is mysteriously sent an invitation to visit S. Nicholas, Colorado for a one-week, all-expense-paid vacation just before Christmas. She is immediately wary of the invitation, but goes to St. Nicholas, and suspects the invitation is some kind of fraud that she is determined to uncover.
Detective Jack Brody is assigned to check out the Scrooge legend in St. Nicholas after a fellow detective comes back and is “changed” after his visit. His boss, wants him to find out what is going on in the town that has changed his fellow detective and his brother.
When Jack and Charley meet they are surprised as they were high school sweethearts back in Los Angeles. So, what a coincidence that they meet up in the magical town of St. Nicholas.
Colorado Christmas Magic was a fun, quick read, with an interesting plot, and some mystery. The town of St. Nicholas was just a bit too cutesy for me, but I did enjoy some of the characters in the town. I thought Jack and Charley has some good chemistry between them and was happy to root for them to get together. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.