Book Review: 12 Days of Snowmen by Sarah Monzon

December 11, 2016 Christian, Christmas, contemporary, romance, Sarah Monzon 7

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about the book

Twelve days.

That’s all Lucy Nel has left before her foster daughter, Abby, goes back to live with her biological mother. Twelve days to make this the best, most memorable Christmas of Abby’s young life.

Lucy plans to provide a snowman for each day—no easy feat with Florida’s unseasonable temperatures.

When an attractive new coworker nursing a wounded heart offers to help Lucy, she reluctantly accepts his generosity, determined not to let his friendship sway her from giving Abby her undivided affection.

Can twelve days of snowmen turn into a lifetime of love?

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SERIES: Carrington Family (sort-of)
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Radiant Publications
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2016
PAGES: 66

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“She’d heard about not crying over spilled milk, but no one had ever warned against weeping over melted ice.”

12-days-of-snowmen-book-reviewI’m pretty sure the first thing I said to Sarah Monzon upon finishing Finders Keepers … well, after I recovered from the swoon caused by Trent in general and by Captain Montoya’s doozy of a kiss. So, the first thing I said to Sarah Monzon after recovering from reading Finders Keepers was, “But… Jonathan!” I’m also pretty sure at least one or more stickers were used which conveyed my deep sense of mourning for this character’s broken heart.

I was always #teamTrent but I (perhaps not so secretly) supported the #teamJonathan crowd too. Because even though he and Trent got a little cranky around each other, Jonathan is a sweetheart. And he deserves a happily ever after too.

Needless to say, when I found out that Sarah was writing a Christmas novella – about SNOWMEN – to appease the #teamJonathan-ites, I did the dance of joy.

12 Days of Snowmen lets us see Jonathan for the sweetheart he is – and as a swoonworthy hero in his own right. His tender side comes out full force when he meets Lucy and her adorable foster daughter Abby and sets out to help Lucy give Abby 12 days of snowmen. In Florida. Where it doesn’t snow. To say they have to get creative would be an understatement but that just leaves room for some great scenes that will have you smiling all the way through.

Speaking of smiling … Trent makes an appearance, much to my delight. Trent and Jonathan together in the same room produce no shortage of great thoughts from at least one of the two characters. Such as this rather grumpy observation from Jonathan:

The guy had his girlishly-long blond hair pulled back in a man-bun, for goodness’ sake. How did women find that attractive?

Lucy and Abby are fantastic characters, well-developed despite being introduced in such a short novella. Adorable little Abby stole every scene she’s in … and stole my heart too while she was it. Her conversations with Jonathan had me alternating between laughing and crying – sometimes in the same paragraph! Lucy is the kind of heroine that most women can relate to, at least on some level. This makes her easy to love, and I hope we see these characters at least once more in a future novel!

Oh… and one more thing … before my review becomes longer than the actual novella LOL. The kiss. The all-important kiss. Is. Fantastic. Keep some fans (or a bucket of snow) handy for this one.

Bottom Line: There’s something about Christmas that lends itself to stories of believable whirlwind romances and children who fully capture your heart. 12 Days of Snowmen is ideal for a quick read before bed, snuggled under warm blankets with a mug of your favorite hot beverage or a blazing fire in the fireplace. It will make you smile and laugh and cry … and even swoon. It may even cause you to want to build a snowman 😉

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / LOVE it!

KissingBook Level:  4 / Keep a fan handy … or read this in the snow. Either way.

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about the author

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Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

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What about you? What’s your favorite snowman-related memory?

Carrie

7 Responses to “Book Review: 12 Days of Snowmen by Sarah Monzon”

  1. Winnie Thomas

    I can’t remember any snowman memories, but my dad used to make an ice-skating rink in our back yard most years while I was growing up. It took a lot of work, but it was fun to go out anytime we wanted to skate. We had some spotlights set up, so we could skate at night. One day my brother and I were out skating, and we got the “bright” idea to try some jumps. Just so you know, they weren’t the figure-skating type of jumps. We just made some lines out of snow and tried to jump from the first one and make it past the second one. (What were we thinking?) I slipped as I was jumping and bumped my head on the ice. My brother thought I was dead, and I felt like I was. I’m pretty sure I had a concussion and also damaged my neck, but I didn’t go to the doctor. My dad was a coach so he checked my eyes for concussion. I’ve had x-rays since, and the doctor always asks me what I did to my neck. (I put this experience on my list of things I wish I hadn’t done). My advice is just to stick to building snowmen–it’s safer! 😀

    Great interview, Carrie! And Sarah–this was such a fun book! I loved that Jonathan got his HEA, too.

  2. carylkane

    Great review, Carrie. 12 Days of Snowmen are waiting for me on my Kindle. I’ll be curling up with them soon. 😉

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