Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Christmas Love Year Round by Elaine Stock

Posted November 7, 2018 by Carrie in Christian, contemporary, Elaine Stock, giveaway, romance / 13 Comments

about the book

SERIES: Kindred Lake #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary/Christmas Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2018
PAGES: 212

Cami Richardson is good at chasing away the men in her life: first Gavin Kinkaid, a former classmate she’d helped to bully, and later, her husband who left her widowed and a single mom. Now all she wants is to bring a smile back to her eight-year-old son. What she doesn’t expect is for Gavin to become her new neighbor.

Gavin wants to settle down after serving in the Air Force and mend the separation between him and his dad. What he never counts on is his changing feelings when he sees Cami as a kind woman instead of his former adversary.

When Cami’s son blindsides them both during the Christmas season, is their reunion at risk or will it grow stronger?

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Grab a mug of hot cocoa and a warm quilt and settle in for this delightful, sweet holiday romance!

Elaine Stock always writes wonderfully layered characters with stories that go beyond a surface level to the deeper parts of the heart. Christmas Love Year Round is no exception. Cami and Gavin have a painful history and while swoony Gavin with his twinkly eyes and big heart has forgiven Cami, she isn’t so ready to forgive herself. And neither is Gavin’s dad, who is still harboring bitterness toward Cami after all these years.

There is instant chemistry – and lots of sparks – between Gavin and Cami, despite the past that can’t quite be escaped. And some mighty fine kisses to boot. I’m still swooning a little 😉 Add to the mix Cami’s little boy and Gavin’s adorable puppy, and there are plenty of opportunities for smiles too.

But at its heart, this story is about love. Not just romance, but the kind of love that doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. The kind of love that never fails. The kind of love that Christmas is centered around – and the kind of love we should hold in our hearts (and live out with our lives) year round. It’s a sweet message that Stock weaves naturally into the plot of the story and right to the heart.

Bottom Line: Hallmark movie fans, rejoice! This is exactly the kind of story I’d love to see on their movie lineup. Never saccharine though, Christmas Love Year Round paints an authentic picture of life and all its ups and downs but also wraps around readers with a sweet story of love and forgiveness. Great characters, a charming setting, and some fabulous kisses – what more could we ask for?

(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 those fans and fainting couches handy!

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about the author

Elaine Stock is the author of the novels Her Good Girl, winner of the 2018 American Fiction Awards in the Christian Inspirational category, and Always With You, which won the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award in fiction. And You Came Along, a novella, released in December 2017. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and faith in a clean fiction style. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.

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To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away

Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between print (US only) or Kindle of Christmas Love Year Round, Kindle of And You Came Along (companion novel to Christmas Love Year Round), and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card

1st and 2nd Prizes: a Kindle edition of Christmas Love Year Round!!

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13 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Christmas Love Year Round by Elaine Stock

  1. Carrie, thanks so much for the awesome review. Wow–so I succeeded in writing a swoony story,after all. LOL!

    Most importantly, thanks for supporting Christian fiction.

    May you and your viewers be blessed with Christmas love year round.

  2. James Robert

    My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

  3. emilee

    The romance is what most interest me. I’m also interested in the cozy setting. This sounds really good!

  4. Bea LaRocca

    Congratulations on this great review and thanks so much for the giveaway! I absolutely love this cover and can’t wait to read this holiday story.

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