*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: The Season for Love
Author: M.W. Arnold
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: MLR Press
Date Published: December 16, 2017
The Season for Love is the season to heal all life's troubles.
Believing she was responsible for the death of her husband, Chrissie Stewart retreats from all those who love her. A chance meeting with mysterious stranger, single-parent Josh Morgan and his bewitching young daughter Lizzy, breathe new life into her and gradually, she feels able to start to let go of the memory of her lost love. Unexpected links are revealed between the two families that strengthen the growing bonds she feels to this man and with the encouragement of her best friend Annie, herself hiding a hidden conflict from Chrissie, she battles with her demons to believe in her ability to trust and love again. Everything comes to a head on Christmas Day; which all goes to show that this is truly The Season for Love.
The Season for Love is a wonderful romance book with a very dark undertone. The story follows Chrissie, a woman who believes she is responsible for the death of her husband. She consequently shuts out her entire family. I just have to mention in this review that this book is filled with grief. Something I really appreciate were the little details, such as Chrissie’s diary, that made the grief seem realer. This continues on throughout the entire book, using different aspects of Chrissie’s life to make the book seem more like reality.
The next thing that I obviously have to talk about is the romance. I think it was very cliche but in the best possible way. I absolutely loved how Josh didn’t just automatically swoop in and save Chrissie with a snap of his fingers. The whole book focused around Josh’s journey in helping Chrissie and Chrissie’s journey in helping herself, which is something that usually authors fail to covey. Another thing I loved was that Josh had his own life and did not completely focus on Chrissie, which tend to happen in these types of novels.
The last thing that I want to talk about is Annie, Chrissie’s best friend, and Deb, Chrissie’s sister. I think that they were such a crucial part of Chrissie’s journey and I really enjoyed how it played out in terms of how Annie and Deb helped Chrissie in a way that Josh couldn’t.
Overall, The Season for Love is a heartwarming and very well executed romance novel that is absolutely perfect for this time of year. If you are in search for a lovely romance with a twist, this book is definitely for you!
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Goodreads 2018: 1/100