The Christmas Window
By Melissa McClone
Releasing October 18, 2018
Contemporary Holiday Romance
A matchmaking aunt wants her nephew to find love under the mistletoe…
All doggy daycare owner Callie Andrews wants for Christmas is to win first prize this year. The annual window display competition is a huge event in Silver Falls, and she’s determined to showcase her success when her family visits her small town. It’s time for her parents and three older brothers to realize the “baby” of the family is thriving on her own.
The last thing Brandt Winslow wants to do is rehash the past, but returning home to Silver Falls means confronting the reason he left. His vacation, however, takes an unexpected turn when his well-meaning aunt meddles in his love life, and he finds himself caught up in her misguided efforts at matchmaking.
Despite their reluctance at being paired up, Callie and Brandt discover the holidays are full of surprises…and romance. But is the magic of Christmas strong enough to keep the couple together through the new year?
In The Christmas Window by Melissa McClone, Brandt Winslow is back in Silver Falls for the holidays. However, being home isn't easy for him, especially with what happened years ago that sent him running. Yet, meeting Callie Andrews makes things better for him and the more time they spend together, the more Brandt wants to stay. Will Brandt be able to let go of what happened in the past or will he break Callie's heart?
What an absolutely riveting, fast-paced, delightful read Ms. McClone has delivered in this book where the main characters have interesting back stories that made me want to get to know more about them; the dialogue was a wonderful combination of intense moments and playful banter that had me loving this couple's growing relationship; and the plot drew me in right from the beginning, as the heroine is stubborn and independent and doesn't need advice from another male with an opinion that makes her sound like she doesn't know what she's doing. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time where this story really takes off and had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether Callie would give Brandt a chance.
With the characters, I was totally charmed by the hero and heroine as well as the secondary characters too, especially the hero's aunt. She's determined to matchmake because she wants Brandt to stay. Will she get her wish? Will Callie and Brandt end up together despite their rocky start? Furthermore, the heroine is resilient, courageous, hard-working, determined to prove she can be just as successful as any of her family and I liked that she gave the hero a chance, especially when she believes Brandt is just like her family and can't accept her for who she is. While the hero, he's been through tough times and it's understandable why he finds it hard to be in Silver Falls, especially after what his best friend did to him. With a best friend like Brandt had, who needs enemies? However, I liked that the hero would do anything for his aunt and how determined he was to win the heroine over, which is proven by how he tries to help her when things go awry for her. Will Callie accept the hero's help? Will she be able to let go of her independent streak to see that the hero is right?
Overall, Ms. McClone has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance was delightful and had me loving that the heroine gave the hero a chance, even though neither of them want anything to do with relationships because she's too independent while he has trust issues; and the ending had me loving how these two made things right between them because they're so deserving of the happiness they've found together. I would recommend The Christmas Window by Ms. McClone, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the matchmaking trope, Christmas themed stories or books by authors Sinclair Jayne, Erika Marks, Trish Milburn and Dani Collins.
With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. She’s now a USA Today Bestselling author and has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!