Deck the Halls by Donna Alward

Setting: Darling, VT
Genre: Holiday Romance Novella
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: October 3, 2017

He used to be homeless, but thanks to the help of his friends, George now has a place to live, a modest income, and a job he enjoys. He's stunned when his friend and fellow soldier's twin sister shows up with questions. Amy feels it's high time she gets answers explaining exactly how her brother died in the Middle East.

George knows he's responsible for her brother's death. He wants to leave the past in the past. At the same time, he knows Amy deserves answers. Fifteen years have passed, is the magic of the holidays enough for both battered hearts to find what they need?

Strengths and Weaknesses

As this is a novella and not a full-length romance, things did seem really hurried. I liked catching up with other characters, and I was happy to see George get his own book, but I wasn't as thrilled with it being so short.

Deck the Halls returns readers to Darling, VT. As a Vermonter, I do spend time trying to figure out what town Darling is patterned after. In all honesty, I can't think of one. There are a couple that may be close, but none are exact. I can't think of a small town where everyone knows each other, has a main street filled with stores, and that's near some of the box stores. It's always left me guessing.

That's the funny part. I'd love to find a town like that. Darling sounds amazing!

RTR's Bottom Line

You don't have to spend a lot to get this novella. It's a very quick, very satisfying holiday romance. While I think I would have preferred a longer novel, one where things didn't feel as rushed, I still enjoyed seeing more of George and finding him happy.


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