Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas in Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts

Christmas in Icicle Falls (Life in Icicle Falls #11)Book Description:
Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts this Christmas as she returns for the final installment in her treasured Icicle Falls series When Muriel Sterling released her new book, A Guide to Happy Holidays, she felt like the queen of Christmas. She's thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off--until she gets it out of the box and realizes it's a mangy dud. But rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there's a lesson to be learned: everything and everyone has potential. Maybe even her old friend Arnie, who's loved her for years. Except, she's not the only one seeing Arnie's potential... Meanwhile, Muriel's ugly-tree project has also inspired her friends. Sienna Moreno is trying to bring out the best in the grouchy man next door, who hates noise, hates kids and hates his new neighbors. And while Olivia Claussen would love to send her obnoxious new daughter-in-law packing, she's adjusting her attitude and trying to discover what her son sees in the girl. If these women can learn to see the beauty in the "ugly trees" in their lives, perhaps this might turn out to be the happiest holiday yet.

My Thoughts:
This is the last book in the series and I know I've read at least 1-2 others, that being said, you can read this one on it's own and really enjoy it.  I really liked all the characters throughout the book, even the grouchy neighbor!  There is a lesson to be learned by the book, and understanding, forgiveness, differences, family.  This book is packed with holiday spirit and real people.
I know these characters aren't really real, but they are flawed, quirky people that I think I would enjoy knowing in reality.  Sienna's love for her son and moving to help him and her to have a new start, but then having the grouchy man next door.  The author and her beau, there are just so many little stories mixed in to the overall story that you will enjoy everyone.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I plan to go back and read the series in order so I can catch all the little interactions that you miss not having read the series!
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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