Published by Forever on October 11, 2022
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Season of Love
Miriam has it all – almost. She’s ready to open a studio gallery with her upcycled art. She has the Bloomers, her loyal fans and followers. She’s engaged to a beautiful, successful lawyer. But the engagement is more a business arrangement than a love match. And Miri’s been estranged from most of her family, including her eccentric Aunt Cas – the Jew with a Christmas tree farm and inn – for a decade. Miri’s mom calls to let her know that Cas has died and Miri drops everything to go sit shiva for her.
After the funeral, she finds out that Cas has left the farm and inn to Miri; Hannah, Miri’s cousin who runs the inn; her childhood friend Levi; and Noelle, the farm manager. Levi’s in Australia so it’s going to be up to the three women to figure out how to raise money to keep the farm and inn going because there’s a financial crisis looming. All of that is overwhelming enough but add in Hannah’s anger at Miri for running away with no explanation. And the serious sparks flying between Miri and the incredibly hostile Noelle.
My thoughts about Season of Love
Oh, my heart – this book has so much warmth and love and humor!
The enemies-to-lovers romance between Miri and Noelle is perfect. Two hurt and damaged people trying to help each other while also working on their own issues. The relationship felt relatable and real – tender moments balanced out with fear and anger.
The setting was a Hallmark Christmas movie lover’s delight. A Christmas tree farm in NY with snow and SO! MANY! DECORATIONS! Christmas trees everywhere! Ugly sweaters! Christmas cookies! Real live reindeer! Sleigh rides! Seriously, the author creates a fabulously described winter wonderland which is the perfect backdrop for redemption and love.
The supporting characters were well-written and drew me in. The banter was first class and had me in giggles the entire time I was reading. I want to be able to visit the inn and all of the shops! And I need bossy, manipulative, hilarious old ladies in my life like the ones in this book.
The tough parts definitely had me crying when Noelle talks about her alcoholism and losing her parents. And Miri’s awful abusive dad infuriated me and had me cheering for Miri – how often do you shout “GO, girl!” at your book?
This book gives you:
- Queer rep with a bi main character
- Jewish rep
- Small town coziness at the holidays
- Enemies to lovers
- Body positive
- Sexy forearms
- Competence porn
- Everything Christmas
- Delicious food
- Witty banter
- Found family love
- Meddling old ladies
CW: Grief, death, alcoholism, abuse
Thank you, Forever for the DRC!
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