Book Review: Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen

Posted October 25, 2021 by meezcarrie in Carrie Jansen, Christmas, contemporary, romance / 8 Comments

A Sea Spray Island Romance #1

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2021
PAGES: 304

In this humorous and heartwarming romance, sparks fly between a woman who can’t wait to leave a wintry New England island, and a widower who would do anything to stay.

Travel magazine writer Celeste Bell is in a terrible mood. Not only was her flight to the Caribbean diverted to a Massachusetts island, now it looks like she’ll have to spend Christmas there. Single and still mourning the loss of her mother a year earlier, Celeste is desperate to avoid any emotional entanglements and all holiday festivities. She just doesn’t feel like celebrating.

But that’s exactly what community center director Nathan White and his young daughter Abigail want to do. Nathan is entirely focused on making sure that his daughter has a happy Christmas, especially with the knowledge that if he can’t raise money for the community center soon, it will close and they’ll have to leave the island. When he meets Celeste, Nathan begins to feel a connection and wonders if he’s brave enough to risk his heart once more.

Thawing their frozen hearts, and saving the community center will require a Christmas miracle. But tis’ the season…


Are you the kind of person who eagerly waits for the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies to come back on every year? (Me? not really.)

Are you the kind of person who watches the reruns in the meantime? (Me? sometimes)

Are you the kind of person who loves a quirky small town and a sweet Christmas romance? (Me? Always!)

If you answered ‘yes’ to at least one of the above questions, then you need to also be the kind of person who grabs a copy of Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen!

From the idyllic Sea Spray Island setting to its eccentric (and endearing) population, I was captivated by this community from the moment we landed at the airport with Celeste & Nathan. I could easily visualize the dynamics of a town that temporarily changes its name every year to Christmas Cove, and I got a kick out of the hodge podge mix of characters we meet during Celeste’s extended stay. I especially loved the characters who were staying at or directly connected to Nathan’s sister’s inn. They add the right amount of humor or wisdom, depending on what the situation calls for, and set the tone for the town’s personality.

Celeste takes a bit of warming up to but, when we learn that she is still deeply grieving the loss of her mother & Christmases past, we are able to see her brusque attitude in a different light. Especially as she is stuck on an island where Christmas is literally around every corner. Nathan has his own layers to unpack, and it’s not too long before readers can see how good they are for each other. Their blossoming friendship is sweet and sincere, particularly the scenes with Nathan’s precocious daughter, and I really appreciated their respective growth as the novel progressed.

Bottom Line: Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen is everything lovely about Christmas romances. Sweet and heartwarming with well-timed wit, this novel solidly kicks off a new series full of characters that readers will care about. Celeste & Nathan are layered and relatable protagonists, and I was cheering for their individual growth and their happily ever after. The gentle pace adds to the overall cozy vibes of the story, ideal for the busy holiday season. Looking forward to more visits to Sea Spray Island!

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

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Carrie Jansen earned an MFA in creative writing and published many poems and short stories before becoming a novelist. An avid bodyboarder and beach walker, she spends as much of the year as she can on Cape Cod, where she draws inspiration for her contemporary romances. She also writes Amish romance novels under her pseudonym, Carrie Lighte. Learn more online at

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8 responses to “Book Review: Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen

  1. Winnie Thomas

    I actually read this a few days ago! It’s a charming Christmas story! Thanks for your lovely review, my dear BFFFC!

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