Wrapped Up In Christmas Joy by Janice Lynn
Hands up who started watching Christmas Movies in October? I started off the month excited that Christmas, on TV at least, had come early. The excitement started to wane however, when I began recognising the same actors and locations popping up in different movies and wondered if perhaps, I’d peaked too soon with all this Christmas joy?
For those of you who haven’t, the great thing about Christmas movies is that plotlines revolve around family, love and redemption. There is always a happy ending – even for Scrooge. But does knowing the ending also work for all those romantic Christmas novels?
Bestselling romantic author, Janice Lynn wraps all these themes up in her newly (October 2020) published book Wrapped up in Christmas Joy (not to be confused with her earlier publication, Wrapped Up In Christmas).
It has all the elements that you expect: feisty heroine (Sophie); damaged hero (Cole, ex-marine now firefighter), a journal, misunderstandings, redemption and finally a happy ending.
The action takes place in Pine Hill, Kentucky. Leading lady Sophie is a quilt shop owner and daughter of a veteran. Through this character, Lynn introduces and celebrates the Quilts of Honor organisation, which honours active US military members and veterans. The Quilt is central to the theme and is the ‘Wrapped Up’ of the title.
The novel oozes southern charm and community spirit that brings the leading characters together. And if all that isn’t enough for you, she even throws in the recipe for Dilly Duchess Potatoes.
It’s a very easy read and whilst it is not my type of novel (despite Christmas movies being my guilty pleasure) I understand its appeal to anyone who loves a good old-fashioned Christmas love story a la Mills and Boon.