A Steel City holiday romance sure to melt your heart.
The holidays haven’t been the easiest for Merry Grainger. Five years ago, she lost her grandfather and got dumped by her boyfriend right before Christmas. Each season since sees her determined to avoid getting hurt again, and so she keeps a steel-like grip on her hopeless romantic heart.
Music used to soothe Sam Shepard’s soul until the death of his biggest cheerleader broke his heart, family, and dreams into pieces. Now he’s focused on thriving in the city, and with the people, he’s grown to love—all to keep the hole in his heart from opening anew with every passing holiday season.
Thrown together by a church play and meddlesome family armed with mistletoe, will Merry and Sam unwrap their guarded hearts to let in the true hope of Christmas—and each other?
SERIES: Three Rivers Romance #0.5
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Northern Belle Publishing
RELEASE DATE: December 17, 2016
“You opened your heart to hope, Meredith Grace. And that is no small thing.”
Y’all. (Or… if you’d rather … Yinz.)
This new holiday novella from Meghan Gorecki is super cute and super romantic! (I use the term ‘holiday’ not because I’m one of those people who avoids saying Christmas but because Wrapped in Red covers a time frame from Thanksgiving to New Years’ Eve.)
One of the characters in Chapter 3 observes, “…writing the whole pretty girl falling into a guy’s arms during a snow storm would make a pretty great beginning.” It would … and it does, as a matter of fact! And that’s something I love about this novella – the moments when Gorecki uses Merry’s alter ego as an author to do a little tongue-in-cheek commentary.
Merry is a wonderfully likable heroine – cute and a little feisty (which I love!) but also authentic. She misses her Grandpa who passed away a few years ago. She loves her family dearly but sometimes she could do with a little less involvement in her life. She enjoys her job but ohhhh what about those dreams she used to nourish – the ones about writing a book? She loves God but she’s not very happy with Him at the moment. And she longs to fall in love with a great guy but she’s afraid to trust her heart to just anyone.
And Sam…. blissful sigh. Sam of the chocolate crinkle eyes. Sam who is adorably awkward around Merry. Sam who is still processing his own grief. Sam who smiles when he finally gets around to kissing. (SWOON!) Sam who is “an imperfect man with the biggest heart”.
And that’s something else I love about Wrapped in Red – these characters are flawed. The romance isn’t a lot of swoons and stars and sweetness. It’s a bit of a bumpy ride for Merry and Sam. Mostly because of their own insecurities and the baggage they each bring into this relationship. But these bumps and bruises – beautifully – leave room for hope to come down and usher in grace in its wake. Along with a perfect Love that drives out fear.
Bottom Line: Wrapped in Red by Meghan Gorecki is a really cute romance, from the (not-at-all) “ridiculously cheesy meet-cute” that totally hooks readers right from the beginning to the final moments of fireworks. In between, we’re also treated to a great family, sweet conversations, and fun humor. I’m looking forward to more from the Three Rivers Romance series!
(I bought a copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!!!
KissingBook Level: 3 / you may forget to breathe on occasion
Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction, a blogger, book reviewer and voracious reader. Taking her life a day at a time as God leads, she is pursuing a career in the publishing industry as an editor in training and as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. A hopeless romantic, history and Marvel nut, she’s also a redhead (thanks to a box), who knows way too much trivia about movie musicals and the Civil War. Find her on social media and at her blog, A Northern Belle (http://www.northernbellemeg.com)
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I am giving away one ebook (Kindle) copy of Wrapped in Red to one of my readers. Open Internationally, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.
Thinking of Sam’s chocolate crinkle eyes … If you used your favorite cookie or candy to describe someone’s eyes, what kind of eyes would they have?