Sunday, September 25, 2022

Release Day! The Promise of Christmas by Steena Holmes ~ My Thoughts #ThePromiseOfChristmas @steenaholmes

Happy Release Day!

Congrats Steena
on the release today of
The Promise of Christmas!

The Promise of Christmas by Steena Holmes
Holiday Fiction, 396 pages
Published September 25, 2022 by SH Press Inc

To save their small town from dying...they need a miracle...and some hot cocoa and cookies wouldn't hurt, too.

For the past two years, Ashley Tanner has been trying to keep her promise to revitalize the small mountain town of Innsbruck, but it’s starting to look like she’s failing as mayor, and failure is never an option for her.

She has one last ditch effort - but it’s going to take a lot of work and she’s not sure if she can convince everyone to give it a try.

Rather than become a ghost town, why not become a town focused around Christmas - one of the most magical times of the year? Who wouldn’t love to visit a town where everything is holiday related - from a classic Gingerbread Tea House to a Candy Cane Lane Campground?

Thankfully, those closest to her love the idea, but together, as a group, can they convince the rest of the town?

Just when she thinks everything is coming together, things start to fall apart, not just in her own life, but in those closest to her too. Feeling responsible, while surviving the destruction of her marriage, Ashley tries to find miracles for everyone in her life - after all, Christmas is all about miracles, right?

The promise of what Christmas can be to not only the town of Innsbruck, but to everyone close to her is the only thing keeping her going. Well - that and coffee.

If you love Christmas as much as Steena does, you’ll end up wishing you could visit this tiny town for yourself. After all - who doesn’t love gingerbread houses, sugar cookies, hot cocoa and sleigh rides through a gorgeous mountain side village?


My thoughts about The Promise of Christmas ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Candy cane wishes and mistletoe kisses...fireside dreams as hot cocoa steams... Christmas can't come soon enough for Ashley Tanna, not just because it's her favorite season but because of what the holiday promises."

First of all, isn't this cover amazing? I think it is so beautiful!

I absolutely love stories centered around the Christmas season. And I also love stories about small communities pulling together to make their town better. The Promise of Christmas has all of this and so much more.

I immediately fell in love with Ashley and this little community of Innsbruck. As Ashley struggles to keep her promise to the town she loves, she also struggles with the one person she is supposed to love. Will her decision make or break her marriage?

The Promise of Christmas has great characters and is wonderfully written. I found myself wishing I could become a part of the community and call these people my friends. I loved how the town pulled together to create their own little Christmas village. How amazing would that be—Christmas everyday?

If you love Christmas stories, this definitely needs to go on your reading list. There is plenty of depth,  compassion, and love right along with all that wonderful holiday spirit. I highly recommend The Promise of Christmas.

I received a copy of The Promise of Christmas from the author and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series.

Her latest novel - Lies We Tell Ourselves - is out October 2020.

The Word Game was included in the Top 20 Novels to be Written by Women in 2015 by Good Housekeeping. The Word Game also won the 2015 USA Books Award for Best Fiction and her novel, The Memory Child was a finalist in the same category.

Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelors degree in Theology.

In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes was inspired to write Finding Emma after experiencing a brief moment of horror when she’d thought her youngest daughter was missing.

She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning. ~ Goodreads

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