An enchanting story about the magic of Christmas, the importance of family, and the joy of falling in love during the most romantic season of the year…
Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family’s cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everything is changing…
The beloved bakery is facing closure and Noelle needs a miracle to save Christmas.
Determined to raise funds for the family business, Noelle sets about revamping the bakery while juggling a surprise new job, caring for the elderly and cantankerous William Harrington in his luxurious, sprawling mansion.
As Noelle melts the frostiness of the house with cake baking, snowball fights and glittering decorations, she helps William to reconnect with a romance that has spanned decades and unexpectedly finds herself falling for his grandson – the gorgeous but mysterious Alexander Harrington…
In the countdown to Christmas, can Noelle save the bakery, reunite a family and create some magical memories of her own along the way?
Unwrap the feeling of Christmas in this beautiful novel celebrating friendship, family and love that lasts a lifetime. We’ll Always Have Christmas is the perfect treat for fans of Karen Swan, Susan Mallery and Sue Moorcroft.
What does TWG think?
Is it me or is it starting to feel Christmassy around here? Jenny Hale is back with yet another festive treat in the name of; ‘We’ll Always Have Christmas’. Lets be honest here, regardless of whether you feel that September is ‘far too early for Christmas’, Jenny Hale’s brand new novel is guaranteed to make you think anything but. Who knows, after reading it you might decide to put your Christmas tree up ready for Halloween!
Noelle hasn’t had an easy time of it lately what with her beloved grandma passing away. Unfortunately for Noelle and her family, things aren’t planning on looking up anytime soon – especially where the family bakery is concerned, that is! With an uncertain future in front of Noelle for her and her son, Noelle is determined to give her son a Christmas to remember by getting another job to fund it. Poor Noelle – even her new job isn’t exactly what it seems either…
Let me get one thing out of the way; I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of ‘We’ll Always Have Christmas’ at first. Whilst the storyline was pleasant enough to begin with, it didn’t pull me in like one of Santa’s reindeer. However, I found this storyline to be a little bit like starting a fire in a fireplace; slow to begin with but when the logs start catching, the beauty and warmth of the fire shines through like a rainbow during the rain.
There is quite a lot I could mention about the overall storyline, but I wouldn’t even start as the line is incredibly thin between a general overview, and spoilers. TWG doesn’t do spoilers. Although the only spoiler I would be inclined to give you without getting my backside slapped is: this book is utterly beautiful. I admitted that I had initial reservations, but by golly once that storyline got going and the characters personalities were uncovered, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning – wondering what I was going to uncover next in the book. Wondering what path each of the characters would choose to go down. Wondering what mysteries were in the Harrington’s closets. Honestly, there was so much to delve into, I actually became quite ashamed of my initial reaction to the book.
Noelle’s relationship with her son was so touching, what a cracking and intelligent little boy he is. There were moments during the book where I found myself tearing up where Lucas was involved – if you’re a parent, you’ll know exactly what I mean when you read the book. Trust me. As sad as this sounds, my family isn’t really one for traditions which have been passed down the generations. Sometimes I wonder why that is because of how magical it could be but, thanks to this book, I was able to be a part of another family’s Christmas traditions indirectly. Finding out what Noelle’s family did each year was so lovely to see. Small gestures they may be, but as the author clarified via her characters, the small things are what matter the most – especially at Christmas.
I really could sit and talk about Jenny Hale’s novel for ages! The whole atmosphere within the storyline was unbelievable. So magical, so heart-warming, and so full of love. Do you think Jenny Hale’s fictional characters would mind if I gatecrashed their Christmas? Hmmm.
Overall, ‘We’ll Always Have Christmas’ is a romantic tale about love, life, and the importance of taking the time to show the ones you love, exactly how much you care. Festivities galore; the highlight of ‘We’ll Always Have Christmas’ was the way in which it was blatantly written from the authors heart. Jenny Hale gave her characters a voice and she ensure that they used them. She gave her characters a history and she ensured they used their time wisely. Most importantly, Jenny Hale gave her characters each other and in turn they were brought to us. Beautifully written and thought-provoking with the ability to glow my heart; ‘We’ll Always Have Christmas’ is THE festive treat to read this year and forever more.
Jenny Hale is a USA Today and Amazon best-selling author of romantic women’s fiction. The film adaptation of her novel Coming Home for Christmas will air on the Hallmark Channel this year. Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family.
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