Tuesday, October 25, 2022

On the Way To Christmas: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, anything can happen.

In this glittering and heartwarming collection, three of today’s bestselling sweet romance novelists offer up the gift of cheer for the winter holiday season.

A Christmas Do-Over by Sheila Roberts

Darby doesn’t want to go home for the holidays, but a career fail sends her slinking back to the small town she always wanted to escape. No one there is especially glad to see the former mean girl—especially not her sister, Erica, or childhood best friend, Gregory. Darby is working hard to be a better person, but has she eaten enough humble pie to make amends?

Dashing Through the Snow by Melissa Ferguson

When Willow’s boyfriend of seven years dumps her on the eve of a romantic getaway, she decides to take the two-week train trip on The Christmas Express alone. Hurt as she feels, she can’t anticipate how the hilarious rebound ride with conductor Oliver, elf Ian, and aging world adventurer Clarence will heal her heart—and renew her sense of worth.

A Perfectly Splendid Christmas by Amy Clipston

Kacey adores the metropolitan life, but when she gets away to help her sister during a family crisis and run her bakery, she falls in love with former classmate Drew. The problem: he’s a small-town man, and she’s a big-city woman. Is their love big enough to overcome such a major difference?

Curl up with your favorite holiday drink and sink into three worlds where dreams once thought long-gone are still within reach.

USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books translated into several different languages, included in Readers Digest compilations, and made into movies for the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She's happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Website: sheilasplace.com; Facebook: @funwithsheila; Twitter: @_Sheila_Roberts; Instagram: @sheilarobertswriter.

Melissa Ferguson is the bestselling author of titles including Meet Me in the MarginsThe Dating Charade, and The Cul-de-Sac War. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and children in their growing farmhouse lifestyle and writes heartwarming romantic comedies that have been featured in such places as The Hollywood ReporterTravel + LeisureWoman’s World, and BuzzFeed. She’d love for you to join her at www.melissaferguson.com; Instagram: @our_friendly_farmhouse; TikTok: @ourfriendlyfarmhouse; Facebook: @AuthorMelissaFerguson.

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including Christianbook, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and five spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: @AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston; BookBub: @AmyClipston.

On the Way to Christmas is a collection of three holiday novellas written by three different authors. Each story is unrelated and therefore can be read in any order, all at once or spread out throughout the holiday season. 

Before reading this, I was already a fan of two of the three authors. Sheila Roberts was new to me. One of the things I love most about collections such as this one is that it not only gives me more to read from authors I already know and love, but it introduces me to those who were previously unfamiliar to me before. After reading her contribution to this particular collection, I definitely find myself wanting to check out more from her too. 

As mentioned, the stories in this collection are shorter than your typical novel. For me personally, each one to somewhere around an hour to read. I love these types of novellas during the holiday season especially as it tends to get so hectic and it can be a little harder to keep up with a longer novel. While novellas at times can feel a bit incomplete, I did not find that to be the case in the stories included here. Sure, there were characters I would have enjoyed spending some more time with, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything by the end. 

Overall, I thought this was a great collection with a good blend of humor, romance, and holiday cheer in each of the stories. If you love a good holiday romance and are looking for something quick and fun to read this holiday season, this is certainly one to check out. 


"Pleasant words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul and health to the bones." Proverbs 16:24