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A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.
Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.
Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.
Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.
Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?
I'm a sucker for small town romances and Nancy Naigle writes some of the best around. Christmas Joy is no exception! Hilarious quirky characters make this a fun and memorable read. You would think someone named Joy would be full of holiday cheer. That's not the case for Joy Holbrook. She's all work, all the time. This year though she finds herself back in Crystal Falls helping out her aunt Ruby after Ruby takes a fall and ends up in a rehab center. She's worried about her job and the promotion she wanted but she can't say no to the aunt who was there for her when she needed her. Ben Andrews may be an accountant by day but he is the towns golden boy and definitely a favorite of aunt Ruby's. Ben has been helping decorate for the holiday contest for years and he's not about to let her down this year. That means spending a lot of time around Joy. Could be fun if he could get her to relax a little! Joy and Ben are quite a pair add in the adorable little girl Molly and the feeling of family has Joy rethinking some of her life choices.
This was a great read and one that will get you into the holiday mood. I highly recommend it.
Beautiful emotional story
When I pick up a book by Nancy Naigle, I know I'm going to get a story filled with emotions. Christmas Joy totally delivered the emotion filled story I was in the mood for when I picked it up.
Joy Holbrook is a super strong and independent woman. She rarely depends on others and is a total workaholic. She has very few real friends, with the exception of her co-worker Renee, and only her Aunt Ruby as family. However, when push comes to shove and her Aunt Ruby needs her help, Joy takes the time off from work to help. Of course, she has way more on her plate with taking care of the animals on the farm and decorating the house for the annual Christmas Home Tour. When Molly, a little girl Ruby makes lunch and helps get on the bus each morning shows up, Joy was so out of her element. Luckily Ben Andrews is there to save the day, as he has helped Ruby decorate the house for years.
I loved watching Joy change so much during Christmas Joy. She hadn't celebrated Christmas since she left her Aunt Ruby's house and as she worked with Ben and Molly decorating and making cookies for the tour, she started to remember how much she loved the season. I loved how she and Ben helped each other with Christmas projects using their strengths. I loved the slowly developing relationship between Joy and Ben. They were so sweet together, and after a rocky start, they really worked as a couple for me. However, my favorite part of the story was seeing Joy change her opinion about children. She had never been around many, but once she started spending time with Molly, I saw the sweet side of Joy come out and could totally see her as an awesome mom.
Christmas Joy was a really sweet story with so much emotional growth in the characters. I loved the humor from Aunt Ruby. I also loved watching Joy and Ben slowly more their relationship from just friends to more. Nancy Naigle gives readers a beautiful story to get them ready for the Christmas season.
Rating: 4 Stars (B+)
Review copy provided by publisher
Loved every second.
Nancy Naigle is an expert when it comes to making me feel right at home in one of her novels. Add in some Christmas spirit, and I was in heaven. For me, Christmas Joy was like the extra warm fuzzy blankets that I bring out and curl up under when it gets cold outside. It was comforting and cozy. I loved getting lost in Ben and Joy's story and the beautiful town of Crystal Falls. I laughed with them, cried with them, and was moved by all the heart-melting moments. I can't even begin to tell you how sweet and perfect Ben was. I don't think I've ever had anything make me crave Christmas more than this book did, and that includes Hallmark movies. I will probably have my tree up by the end of the week, and maybe I'll just leave it up all year long. I received a complimentary copy of this book.