A Christmas Romance Book Review: Home For Christmas (Sanctuary Island)

St. Martin's - October 2015

I've been spending the past few weeks really studying SEO due to a job change. One thing I've learned is that following a strict format when it comes to articles and blogs is not ideal. Given that, I'm switching things up and skipping a more formal look.

Christmas is around the corner, and that means the rush of Christmas novels is hitting stores. Lily Everett's Home For Christmas takes readers to a place near and dear to my heart, the eastern coast.

Libby Leeds rarely has to go out of her house. She's content with her job as a newspaper columnist, but she hides a few secrets. First, she's not happily married as she claims. Second, she cannot cook. Third, she doesn't live on Sanctuary Island, her family's home. After her parents died in a tragic accident, Libby left the island to live with her uncle, and she hasn't seen her grandfather since.

When her publisher informs her that she is going to host a warm, cozy Christmas for a wounded soldier and his daughter, Libby panics. She's told she will have to fake it or lose her job. Her grandfather welcomes her back, but can she pull off the rest of her lie as easily?

From the time I can remember, family vacations to coastal Maine, New York, Connecticut, or New Hampshire have been a yearly event. Sanctuary Island is set off the coast of Virginia, but I can imagine it feels much like our stay on Bailey Island in Maine. I highly recommend a stay on Bailey Island for an amazing getaway. The setting in this novel was a huge bonus and made the story so much better.

I liked Libby. Owen, well there are mixed feelings there. I found him a little hypocritical. I won't go into details, but all I could think in one section of the novel was "practice what you preach." While I liked him with Libby, I had a hard time truly liking his character for some of the novel.

Summed up, I liked Home For Christmas, but it took time getting past Owen's ignorance. That won't keep me from checking out other books in the series. I fell in love with Sanctuary Island from the very start!

- Tracy


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