The Noel Diary

Disclaimer: this post is going to get a little personal.

So even though I haven’t posted a million reviews on here, you can kind of pick up on the fact that my reading preferences were thrown to the wind when I bought this novel. Which, it kind of was.

You see, my mother and I aren’t talking, and she struggles with emotions. So obviously Christmas this year is going to be pretty hard. The first part of the synopsis on the novel says “Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn’t been home for almost twenty years – not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was sixteen.” When I read that, I picked up the novel and expected great things. Expected a quality novel? Eh. I expected this novel to give me insight and mend my relationship with my mother. But it didn’t. The only thing that is going to do that is my mother swallowing her pride.

Okay, back to the actual novel. I liked the novel on a pretty shallow level, and there were parts that I really liked. But the romance in this story was a little unnecessary. It was almost shoved into the novel like an afterthought.

The main character, Jacob, comes home to his mother’s house, basically to confront his past. While doing this he meets an old neighbor who becomes the voice of reason/wise and mysterious old lady who says some things that really throws you off and creates the curiosity within Jacob. Then this girl, Rachel, shows up at the front door and then boom. The romance starts. See? Super sudden. The novel is focused on Jacob and discovering his past, but then the Rachel comes in and she leads him to a discovery that he wouldn’t have gotten to without her.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m always super indecisive when it comes to romance novels. I’m not anti-romance; I’m almost anti-happily ever after.

I finished this novel two days ago and I’m still this wishy-washy. My apologies!

Go get lost in some pages.

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