Monday, October 5, 2020

Review - - Christmas Ever After

Christmas Ever After
by Karen Schaler
Publisher: HawkTale Publishing
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Reviewed by PJ

While promoting her next novel, a Christmas love story, author Riley Reynolds is caught off guard when she’s asked during a live national television interview how she can write about romance when she still hasn’t found “the one” herself. Scrambling for an answer, she quickly answers that she has had great love in her past and that love inspired her novels.

Little does she know that this one offhanded remark will turn her world upside down. Three of her ex-boyfriends see the interview, and each, believing she’s talking about him, shows up for her Christmas Camp book event at the Christmas Lake Lodge, determined to rewrite his happily-ever-after with her!

Over the festive weekend, Riley’s old boyfriends compete to win her heart, pulling out all the stops while planning the most romantic Christmas dates on the planet. Despite herself, Riley starts falling for each guy— again—but for different reasons. As Riley revisits each relationship and discovers more about herself, she embraces the magic of Christmas and finally finds true love and her own Christmas ever after...

PJ's Thoughts:

So. Much. Fun. Take one not-so-cute first meeting, a tanking writing career, a heroine who hasn't celebrated Christmas since the age of eight, and a manipulative PR manager with the brilliant idea to save her reputation with a Christmas-themed, author-reader weekend at his college roommate's family lodge. Visualize a small mountain town, frozen lake, lots of snow, and forced proximity with Christmas on steroids. Add in three party-crashing ex-boyfriends, each under the assumption that he's the heroine's one true love, a lively cast of townspeople all operating under the erroneous assumption that the heroine is some sort of Christmas super elf, a hero who just might be able to help her find that lost holiday spirit again, and an adorable Bernese Mountain dog who can come live with me any old day. Stir it all up and you have a heart-tugging, holiday romcom that had me smiling pretty much from beginning to end. 

If you're in the mood for plenty of great dialog, humor, and heart, along with tempting recipes and holiday ideas, pick up a copy of Karen Schaler's Christmas Ever After. It's sure to put you in the mood for snowball fights, Christmas lights, and romantic holiday delights. 


  1. What a review! Now I need to update my list of Christmas gifts... adorable dog and all.

    Susan in AZ

  2. You have made this book sound like a fun event. Another new to me author, and you have given me another book to covet.

    Thanks for the review.

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

  3. I could use a fun Christmas book to read.

  4. Nice review. This is already on my TBR for Christmas. I love her books.

  5. This is just the type of story we all need this year. Definitely on my wish list.

  6. Sounds like a Christmas-y Mama Mia!! I'll have to track it down:)