One Charmed Christmas
by Sheila Roberts
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Reviewed by PJ
It’s like a gift from Santa when Sophie and Catherine meet the charming Dr. Rudy Nichols, a perfect match for hypochondriac Sophie. But he comes with a two-legged lump of coal, his guard-dog daughter. And then there’s chocolatier Trevor March, who’s also interested in the scrumptious Sophie. Can he convince her that chocolate is the perfect cure for what ails her? Who knows what Santa has in store for these holiday travelers? Anything could happen this charmed Christmas!
If you've taken a cruise, or any kind of travel tour, you know it's a bit like campus on the first day of college, with strangers coming together in tentative forays into potential friendship. Friendships that occasionally, over time, grow into more. For this festive European river cruise, Roberts has gathered an interesting collection of characters sure to stir the waters...and this reader's interest. And, just like every tour/cruise I've taken, some I want to be friends with while I'd like to toss others into the drink. That's one of the facets I most enjoy about a Sheila Roberts novel. She doesn't write perfection. She creates characters with flaws and challenges, characters like us, human and imperfect. But also, characters who grow, evolve, and learn from life's lessons.
If you hadn't already guessed, this is a character-driven story, flowing at a pace commensurate with what I'd imagine a European river cruise might be, with fascinating stops along the way. Roberts' descriptions took me into the heart of the small, historic towns and festive Christmas markets dotting the landscape along the Rhine (a lovely gift in this time of no travel) and into the joy, fear, anger, heartache, hope, and love in the hearts and minds of her interesting cast of characters. I laughed, cringed, shed a few tears, and managed to refrain from tossing anyone overboard in my mind (though there were times I really wanted to). I actively cheered for certain characters (Trevor and Catherine, I'm talking to you), and at the end, sighed with satisfaction for lessons learned, friendships formed, hearts engaged, and family found. It was One Charmed Christmas, after all.
Have you ever taken a river cruise? What was your favorite part?
Have you read Sheila Roberts yet?
The German food descriptions in this book had me drooling all over my keyboard. What's your favorite holiday treat? Do you have a favorite that stems from your family's heritage?
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