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Christmas On Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts

Happy Monday Guys!

It's a beautiful start to a new week, and I hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating your father and/or father figures yesterday :)


I was blessed to be able to celebrate with both my father, and my stepfather, and just enjoyed getting to spend time with my various family members, especially my nephews.


A couple of my friends and I have decided that we want to start our Christmas shopping next month. And while that might sound crazy to some people, to me it sounds like an amazing way to break up the expense, and be able to buy a couple gifts a month until Christmas, and actually be able to enjoy the month of December completely for a change.


As you guys know, Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I tend to stay in the Christmas spirit at all times of the year, and as such, you can pretty much find me reading Christmas books anytime throughout the year.


I've been working my way through Sheila Roberts' Life In Icicle Falls series, and the fact that book eight was another Christmas themed one fit in really well with the discussions of Christmas shopping my friends and I had been having, and I really found myself enjoying this holiday tale filled with love, laughter, humor, and of course the holiday spirit. I definitely knew I couldn't wait to review it for all you guys on my blog.



Christmas On Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts:





Source: Christmas Present From My Hubby

Publisher: Mira Books

Publication Date: October 27th, 2015


Synopsis:

Icicle Falls is the place to be at Christmas…

Everyone's getting ready for Christmas in Icicle Falls, especially on Candy Cane Lane, where holiday decorating is taken very seriously. Tilda Morrison, town cop, is looking forward to celebrating Christmas in her first house… until she discovers that she's expected to "keep up" with the neighbors, including Maddy Donaldson, the inspiration behind the whole extravaganza. But this year, someone's destroying Maddie's precious candy canes! Thank goodness for the cop in their neighborhood. 

Tilda already has her hands full trying to sort out her love life and fix up her fixer-upper. Oh, and won't it be fun to have the family over for Christmas dinner? Not really… Then there's her neighbor, Ivy Bohn. As a newly single mom, Ivy can sum up the holiday in two words: Bah, humbug. But she's determined to give her kids a perfect Christmas. 

Despite family disasters, irritating ex-husbands and kitchen catastrophes, these three women are going to find out that Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!


(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)




My Review:

Christmas On Candy Cane Lane is that quintessential type of holiday story that I think most people could probably relate to. On the outside, Ivy, Maddy and Tilda don't appear to have too much in common, other than sharing a street address, but on a closer look, each is determined to create the "perfect Christmas" that Muriel Sterling describes in her latest book, and none are prepared for the obstacles this quest will create along the way. There's a part of all of us that seem to get swept up in the ideal of creating that illusive perfect Christmas, and we end up missing out on all the good things along the way.

Maddy has given Candy Cane Lane all her time and energy for years, and is proud to admit that she's turned their street into a holiday destination complete with stunning light displays, candy cane pathways, and Mrs. Santa on hand to pass out candy canes to all  the children that arrive to see the spectacle. Ivy is celebrating her first Christmas since her husband decided to up and leave her, and is determined to give her two adorable but feisty children a holiday dripping with family memories, while trying to keep up with her crazy schedule at her family's Christmas store. Tilda is the newest resident to Candy Cane Lane, and has her work cut out for her turning her fixer upper into a home worthy of its notorious address, and she'll have to attempt it while keeping up with her job as a local policewoman.

Unfortunately, as these ladies soon find out, life (and Christmas!) seldom go how we expect them to, and soon Maddy's losing touch with her family over her hectic schedule to keep Candy Cane Lane like her vision requires. Ivy can't compete with the fact that her children would rather have a few simple moments with both their parents, then all the elaborate Christmas plans in Muriel's book, and Tilda's not prepared for her entire family to invite themselves to her new home for Christmas eve.

Add to the hijinks, a candy cane massacre, an upcoming visit from Maddy's semi crazy mother in law, a bar brawl between two unexpected sources, and the realization between these three lovely ladies that maybe they'd misjudged each other and what they're going through in the first place, Christmas On Candy Cane Lane was exactly what I've come to expect from a Sheila Roberts' holiday story, and it left me feeling warm and fuzzy, and not wanting this adorable tale to end. Sheila Roberts has definitely come to be one of my go to authors for a humorous heart warming tale that leaves a big smile on my face, and this book was definitely no exception. I rated it four out of five stars, and it was a beautiful reminder as to what should be the true focus of a "perfect Christmas", and that one person's idea of "perfect" doesn't have to be the same as everyone else's. I'm so glad I finally got a chance to read this one this month, and you'll probably see it showing up again next month for my Christmas In July Book Recommendations post.


Thanks so much for reading guys! I hope you all have a great start to your week, and I'll see you soon for another bookish post. :)


This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners.  

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