I’m such a sap. I was at the grocery store at 1 in the morning buying stuff for my lunch at work, and of course I always go down the book aisle… I’ve been wanting to try a Debbie Macomber book, and I thought the description of this Christmas story sounded cute, so I bought it. And I already finished it! Yay.
So before I really get started here, let me note something – It was my impression years ago when I worked at Waldenbooks that Debbie Macomber is one of those romance authors that’s more specifically targeted to older women. Like 40′s and up. In fact, most of our customers that bought her books could have been in their 70′s. Now I’m guessing that’s because these romances are A) very sweet and B) not so heavy on the sexy bits, and it seems so far that I’m right. And that’s cool with me - I like romance with more story than sex scenes. So you know – if you like romance more for the erotica than for the actual romance, this probably isn’t for you.
Anyhoo, Cassie is in her early 30′s and sick of waiting for Mr. Perfect. She’s tried everything… except a hiring a matchmaker. Which is exactly what she does, despite him being snooty and very expensive. Thinking he has the perfect man for Cassie, he sets up three Christmas-related tasks for her to complete before meeting him. And when Cassie finally lives through all three tasks, her Mr. Perfect turns out to be a big surprise.
Sooo… this was cute. I liked Cassie – she was really sweet but also had a bit of sass when people were rude to her. She was also funny and watching her struggle through those three Christmas tasks was fun. I also really liked Simon, the matchmaker – he was kind of a jerk, but in a really entertaining way. (My honeyman claims that I like jerks… he may be right. LOL.) And the mention of Christmas decorations and making Christmas meals definitely has me itching to decorate and cook – even though there’s almost a whole month to go before I get to do any of that! And again, I like that the story was an actual cute romance – sure it was kinda insta-love, but since the whole thing was only 200 pages I can forgive that.
There were two main problems I had with this story. One is that Cassie and her friend Angie are freaking obsessed with having babies. They don’t even have boyfriends but are just dying to meet someone and have kids. Just a brief mention wouldn’t bother me, but they noted more than once that their “biological clocks were ticking”. Eww. Secondly is that there’s a scene in which Cassie breaks down and cries because she’s reminded of her father walking out on the family when she was young. Dude… you’re 33. You really shouldn’t be crying actual tears because your parents got divorced when you were like 8. That was the only time that Cassie irked me. I’m guessing this is one of those reasons that Debbie Macomber is marketed to the grandmother-types though.
So, there you have it. Overall, I liked it. I’d recommend it definitely for someone excited to get in the Christmas mood. I thought it was cute and light-hearted, it had fun characters (fun secondary characters as well), and now it has been confirmed that I am in fact a sappy little old lady. *sigh*
Sarah Says: 4 stars
P.S. – Debbie Macomber, if you are reading this please don’t diss rap in your books. Someday I WILL be a little old lady, and I am positive I’ll still love rap, dancing around to it in my kitchen. In fact, if you haven’t already, maybe one of your new books should feature a character that likes rap. That would be fun to see.