Title: Jingle All the Way
Author: Debbie Macomber
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books
Genres: Christmas Contemporary Romance Blurb:Love can transform even the best-laid plans in this heartfelt Christmas novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Trapped in the middle of five siblings, Everly Lancaster always had big dreams. Now a top real-estate executive, Everly finds her work is her life, leaving no space for anything (or anyone) else. Sensing her stress, Everly’s boss insists she take December off. At first, a month away seems crazy–how will the company survive without her? But Everly’s mother convinces her otherwise. She deserves a vacation–plus, when she returns, she’ll have no excuse to skip family Christmas like she did last year.
But after her vengeful assistant books a guided cruise in the Amazon instead of the luxury beach vacation she expected, Everly is horrified to realize that she’s about to spend the next two weeks trapped–with no Wi-Fi!–in the rain forest. Not even Asher Adams, the ship’s charming naturalist, can convince Everly that the trip will be unforgettable. Slowly but surely, she realizes he is right: the sights are spectacular. And with each passing day, Everly’s relationship with Asher deepens, forcing her to take a long, hard look at her priorities.
Everly and Asher begin to see magic in the possibility of a life together. But as the cruise nears its end, and Everly’s family Christmas approaches, both must decide if love is worth the risk. A merry surprise may be in store in Debbie Macomber’s newest holiday delight.
I can’t think of Christmas books without thinking of Debbie Macomber. Those are for sure synonymous in my mind. As a matter of fact, the last time I read a Debbie Macomber book was Christmastime last year. Well, it’s not quite Christmastime this year, but we are definitely zooming towards the holiday season. This book is fairly light on the holiday stuff, though, and would easily be enjoyable year round.
Let me start with my favorite thing about this book. Asher is a naturalist. He teaches all about the flora and fauna on expeditions. My oldest son is a volunteer naturalist at our local nature park and is working on getting an environmental science degree. So, I felt so in tune with Asher and his passion for the outdoors. I mean, where do you think my son gets it from?!? I definitely loved taking the trip through the rainforest!
Then there’s Everly (Daisy). She’s a business-owning city girl, but she was raised on a farm, so she definitely knows about life outside of the corporate world. That doesn’t mean she was prepared for an expedition through the Amazon when she thought she was getting a luxury cruise. Everly has one disaster after the next to add to the drama, but Asher is there to see her through every bit of it.
I’d call this your typical feel-good Hallmarkesque book, which I think is perfect for the holidays. The character and plot don’t have tons of depth, but you still feel the connection between Everly and Asher, and you have to pull for them. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous how things would be pulled off, though. I didn’t want Asher to have to lose his outdoor time to big city living. Macomber was able to pull it off in a way that wasn’t 100% what I was looking for but still left me feeling very content seeing how both Asher and Everly compromised to find something that would work for them. And they were happy, so that’s what really matters!
I give this one 4 sweet stars! If you’re a Hallmark Christmas movie person, then I definitely recommend this one for you!
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Do you have any holiday book suggestions or any authors that you think of immediately when it comes to Christmas reads?