Book Review (and a Giveaway!): You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh

Posted September 6, 2023 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Toni Shiloh / 43 Comments

You Make It Feel Like Christmas book review

You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni ShilohYOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS by Toni Shiloh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)

PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2023
PAGES: 198

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–for everyone except Starr Lewis.

As if going home for the holidays jobless and single wasn’t bad enough, she’s dragged into a holiday season full of activities leading up to her sister’s uber-romantic Christmas Eve wedding–to Starr’s ex-boyfriend. But when her brother’s best friend, Waylon Emmerson, attends their family Thanksgiving, she starts to wonder if maybe coming home for Christmas isn’t so bad after all.

As Starr finds the perfect distraction in helping Waylon make over his late mother’s Christmas shop, the most wonderful time of the year works its magic and the spark between them grows. But with the holidays fast approaching, Starr must decide what she wants out of life after the gifts are unwrapped and the ornaments are put away–to go back to New York City or to open her heart to a love that will last beyond Christmas Day?


Y’all know how much I love Christmas books. And books by Toni Shiloh. Combining the two leaves me giddy with bookish joy!

You Make It Feel Like Christmas is a delightful blend of sweet romance, gentle-but-solid faith, close-knit family, and holiday fun. We start out on Thanksgiving and follow Starr and Waylon through the Christmas season in DC, a city that’s bustling with things to do and see – and shop – for the holidays. I loved experiencing a taste of it through the Lewis family’s eyes; it was the perfect setting to get me in a festive mood! I somehow missed reading this story in its previous life as a novella (I’ll Be Home) released independently by the author, but I’ve read other books in the Lewis family world so I already had an affinity for this group of siblings that make me smile big whenever they share page space. I laughed out loud at brothers Gabe and Noel’s antics on Christmas morning, as well as the way the whole group and their mom hijack a certain special occasion. Lots of fun banter between the siblings, but also some tender moments where they show just how deeply they love each other.

Starr and Waylon are an adorably sweet couple whose chemistry is obvious from the beginning. I loved the moments when Starr’s sassy side showed up, and I equally loved how they fit easily into each other’s worlds and supported one another’s dreams. The fact that they essentially grew up together lets their romance progress fairly quickly in a way that still feels reasonable, while still allowing room for them to get to know each other as adults. Ohhhh and the epilogue gave me all the feels! I was rooting for this couple from the first chapter and did a little internal happy dance at their found contentment.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a book to get you in the Christmas spirit, then you must read You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh. It’s full of all the things that fill you with festive thoughts – family togetherness, a tree lighting, a Christmas store, love, laughter, faith … and of course sweet romance! In fact, I’d love to see this made into a Christmas movie one day! It’s not without some drama, though, and there’s one character in particular that needs a good purse whomping – but, not to worry, it’s just enough conflict to keep things interesting and add a bit more depth to the story. Shiloh’s writing voice is engaging and warm, her faith threads are deep without being preachy, and her fun characters settle easily into your heart. A definite must-read for your holiday reading season – or any time of year!

(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: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh ( is a wife, a mom, and an award-winning Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel In Search of a Prince won the first ever Christy Amplify Award. It has also been praised by Oprah Daily, POPSUGAR, Library Journal, and Booklist, and is a Parable bestseller. Her books have been finalists for the HOLT Medallion and the Selah Award. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media.

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You Make It Feel Like Christmas giveaway

Bethany House is offering a print copy of You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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43 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I’ve only read a few of her novels, but thoroughly enjoyed them. It will be really fun to see how she writes a Christmas book!

  2. Roxanne C.

    This definitely is a heartwarming romance to read during the Christmas season. I appreciate the names the author has chosen for the Lewis siblings.

  3. Jessica Paterson

    I’ve read a couple books by Toni Shiloh and have loved them. Combine her writing with a Christmas book…I’m there! Can’t wait to read it.

  4. Regina

    I’ve not read anything by Toni Shiloh yet, but I’ve heard a lot of things about her books and I really liked this review! 😊📚💗

  5. Linda May

    I love reading Christmas stories all year long. It looks like a great read. Thanks for your great generosity.

  6. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS by Toni Shiloh. Always enjoy reading Toni’s books and can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one, which is on my TBR list. Great cover too!

  7. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway! I’d love to read Toni’s new book, although it might make me want to skip putting the fall decorations up and go right to the Christmas ones! LOL

  8. Mindy Bormann

    It sounds like an amazing story!! This would be my first book by this author as well. I love trying new authors.

  9. Hesper Fry

    It’s getting to be that time of year when I like to read Christmas stories. This one sounds really good and would love to read this!

  10. Lesley

    This sounds like a great read. I can already picture Stefan Keyes (a Canadian journalist/actor) in the role of the male character.

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