My rating: 2 of 5 stars
What this book is about:
Ashley, a 24-year-old student gets an unexpected Christmas break from work and is determined to spend it with her mother in Seattle. At the airport, she is not able to get a ticket and so decides to rent a car. Dash is also looking for a late ticket to Seattle where he is going for a very important job interview. As neither of them is able to get on a plane, they will have to share the last rental car available. But that’s not the only problem. Ashley was on the no-fly list because she is wanted by the FBI.
I had a nice time reading this book. The same kind of feeling that I had while reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This kind of warm and cosy feeling that you have when you read something that reads quickly, is not too heavy and has a pleasant flow. Also, Debbie Macomber definitely did a good job in creating a nice Christmasy atmosphere and feeling which is perfect for this time of the year. Still, I had quite a few problems with this book.
The story felt very pointless. Okay, we are reading a Christmas romance and we all know how this is going to end but that’s not the point. The point is to have a nice time reading a book about Christmas, with some good humour and the perfect holidays atmosphere. My problem was that the whole FBI story line not only was not explained, but I also felt it could have been taken out completely. I felt that this point of the story was done poorly. If it was supposed to create some mistery in our characters’ story, it failed in my opinion. I would expect the FBI parts of the story to be crafted in a much better and more complicated manner to create an interesting back-plot. Otherwise, it could have been omitted.
I have seen so many comments where people praise Debbie Macomber, saying that she is a very talented author that has written excellent books so I would have definitely expected a better ending and overall story than what I read in this one. Even though I didn’t enjoy it, with a few funny lines and a better ending, I could see this being turned into an amusing, Christmas, romance comedy movie that I would watch. Plus, I did have a nice time reading this book, as I mentioned, so maybe it was not for me but it might be something that other people will enjoy more.
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