Christmas in Winter Hill
Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. After her rough childhood in multiple foster homes, the holiday season just brings too many bad memories to the surface. But when she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, something that the city manager . . . well, manages.As she tries to make her tiny new apartment feel like home for her and her eight-year-old daughter, Emily, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. She doesn't always feel welcomed in the close-knit town, and Emily continually wonders, "Where's the snow?" Can a friendly stranger and his family help restore Krista's Christmas spirit before the big day?Bestselling author Melody Carlson invites you to spend this holiday season in a town you'll never forget--and never want to leave.

Christmas in Winter Hill Details

TitleChristmas in Winter Hill
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800736101
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance

Christmas in Winter Hill Review

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I have read everyone of Carlson's Christmas novellas and love them all. Sometimes we just need a feel good Christmas book where everything is perfect and turns out right. I can't for next years Christmas novella. I hope that you will grab a copy of Christmas In Winner Hill and enjoy it as much as I did.5 Stars and I HIGHLY recommend it!The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Allison Tebo
    January 1, 1970
    FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.I ended up skim-reading this one. I was expecting something fluffy and happy to deliver me a mild shot of holiday sappiness but, sadly, I didn’t get even that. The dialogue and style is toneless and soulless and the characters so boring and homogenized, that this book failed to produce any feelings whatsoever. The story is also, unfortunately, pervaded with the FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.I ended up skim-reading this one. I was expecting something fluffy and happy to deliver me a mild shot of holiday sappiness but, sadly, I didn’t get even that. The dialogue and style is toneless and soulless and the characters so boring and homogenized, that this book failed to produce any feelings whatsoever. The story is also, unfortunately, pervaded with the subtle theme that is found in some Christian Christmas stories: that any pray uttered during the holiday season is almost granted a kind of magic. A prayer said at Christmas time can’t fail. By combining the faith and trust of Christianity and the pixie dust of Christmas, all our dreams will come true. I realize that most authors are trying to preserve the holly jolly feels of Christmas ultra happy endings, but this still smacks of a “prosperity gospel” attitude that not only rubs me the wrong way - it is extra-Biblical.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Every year I look forward to the author's new Christmas book.To be honest it's a great way to start the holiday season off.A down on their luck Mom and her daughter are new in Winter Hill.They are looking to make a new start away from old memories . Is Winter Hill the place for this mom to do it while working for City Hall?You can run but you can't hide, bad memories will still follow you and is the reason for her distrust .I loved seeing the enthusiasm of the young daughter as she makes friends Every year I look forward to the author's new Christmas book.To be honest it's a great way to start the holiday season off.A down on their luck Mom and her daughter are new in Winter Hill.They are looking to make a new start away from old memories . Is Winter Hill the place for this mom to do it while working for City Hall?You can run but you can't hide, bad memories will still follow you and is the reason for her distrust .I loved seeing the enthusiasm of the young daughter as she makes friends in her new town and does something very special for her mother. This story teaches us a valuable lesson, we will get what we need in his timing.A sweet inspirational fiction book not to be missed.Published September 3rd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company.I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Krista Golloway, recently divorced, has accepted a job as city manager of Winter Hill, Washington. Her daughter, Emily, is excited about seeing snow for the first time. What Krista didn't know was that the annual Christmas festival is a big event in Winter Hill. Krista grew up in multiple foster homes, and after too many disappointing Christmas mornings, she is not a fan of Christmas.Emily loves Winter Hill, but Krista is ruffling the feathers of some of the more prominent citizens. Can the kind Krista Golloway, recently divorced, has accepted a job as city manager of Winter Hill, Washington. Her daughter, Emily, is excited about seeing snow for the first time. What Krista didn't know was that the annual Christmas festival is a big event in Winter Hill. Krista grew up in multiple foster homes, and after too many disappointing Christmas mornings, she is not a fan of Christmas.Emily loves Winter Hill, but Krista is ruffling the feathers of some of the more prominent citizens. Can the kindness of some of the townspeople instill the joy of Christmas in Krista's heart?This would make a fabulous Hallmark movie.3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
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  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars for me personally. Very clean and a fun Christmas read. :)
  • Shirley Chapel
    January 1, 1970
    It's tradition for this reader to read Melody Carlson's new Christmas release each year. In my opinion Christmas in Winter Hill is her best Christmas Novel ever! I felt it deserved more than five Stars. I sympathized with Krista in the situations she had been put in as she tried to do her job as city manager. She had to make some decisions that quite frankly were not appreciated by the citizens and leaders of the small community.Krista was a single mother living in Arizona. Wanting to get ahead It's tradition for this reader to read Melody Carlson's new Christmas release each year. In my opinion Christmas in Winter Hill is her best Christmas Novel ever! I felt it deserved more than five Stars. I sympathized with Krista in the situations she had been put in as she tried to do her job as city manager. She had to make some decisions that quite frankly were not appreciated by the citizens and leaders of the small community.Krista was a single mother living in Arizona. Wanting to get ahead she excepted a job as city manager in a small town in Winter Hill in Washington State. She had to get used to the cold weather and living in a small community. Her apartment was very small and cold. Her pay check was also small but Krista thought city manager would look good on her resume. Her eight year old daughter Emily was delighted with the move. She so looked forward to seeing snow for the first time. Winter Hill was host to an annual Christmas festival called Christmasville. Krista wasn't a lover of Christmas for reasons you will find out as you read the book. But she determined to participate in the festivities for Emily's sake. It didn't take long for things to start going bad for poor Krista. As City Manager she had to make a few tough decisions in the first few weeks of her employment. The town soon turned against her. Things looked bleak for her future in Winter Hill. But things aren't all bad as Krista meets the handsome widower Conner Harris. A dash of romance enters the story but will it be worth staying in a town where people seem to dislike her so much. This is a very nice clean story that would be suitable for a family read. A nice seasonal read for the holidays. I think it would make a great Hallmark movie. You will love this Christmas book! I highly recommend it for your reading pleasure.I borrowed a copy of Christmas in Winter Hill from my local library. A review was not requested. All opinions shared here are my own.
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  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a typical Christmas Hallmark in book form, here you have it. A big change for Krista and her daughter, a woman who hates Christmas and is thrown into it, a man she meets instantly, and small town drama that flares into a climax with accusations and questions. I could totally see this as a Hallmark movie.Personally, I felt the story was a bit rushed and sometimes a little stiff. It’s possible that I could have looked over that, but it greatly lessened my enjoyment that Krista was a di If you want a typical Christmas Hallmark in book form, here you have it. A big change for Krista and her daughter, a woman who hates Christmas and is thrown into it, a man she meets instantly, and small town drama that flares into a climax with accusations and questions. I could totally see this as a Hallmark movie.Personally, I felt the story was a bit rushed and sometimes a little stiff. It’s possible that I could have looked over that, but it greatly lessened my enjoyment that Krista was a divorcee. I’m not judgmental against divorcees, it’s just that the Bible has very clear guidelines concerning them and remarriage (which are not popular in today’s world). Because of that, I wasn’t able to enjoy the story. I didn’t realize this was a book about a divorcee or I wouldn’t have requested it for review, to be fair to the author (there is nothing about it in the blurb.It was Christian in that Krista clearly remembered a time when she turned to Christ and it was quoted that “all things work together for good,” but it was more of a few comments thrown in at random than an actual Christian lifestyle portrayed.The whole story with the city council and “Grinch” was interesting. It was a predictable portion of the story, but I still liked it.*I received this book from the publisher and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    ...I don’t have cable, so I don’t have that popular movie channel. But, when I did have cable and did have that popular movie channel, this story is exactly the movie I would have enjoyed watching, like, a bajillion times.Essentially, Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson is a that popular movie channel Christmas movie in book form. And, I enjoyed every adorable page of it!I definitely recommend this book! It’s super sweet and super clean. The romance is very light and gentle, making this b ...I don’t have cable, so I don’t have that popular movie channel. But, when I did have cable and did have that popular movie channel, this story is exactly the movie I would have enjoyed watching, like, a bajillion times.Essentially, Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson is a that popular movie channel Christmas movie in book form. And, I enjoyed every adorable page of it!I definitely recommend this book! It’s super sweet and super clean. The romance is very light and gentle, making this book totally safe for both teens and adults to enjoy!If you’re a fan of inspirational Christmas-themed stories set in a quirky town with endearing people, Christmas in Winter Hill is the book for you!Christmas in Winter Hill is available NOW – visit Christian Book for details!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell as part of the Revell Reads Blog Program. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own..Cute & Christmassy! Review to come! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell as part of the Revell Reads Blog Program. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    A quick read that draws you in, and then you don’t want to let go.I loved Emily, the author gives us such a sweet little girl, and she loves her Mom. Then we have Anna a teenager and how welcoming she is of an eight-year-old, and how she goes about helping her.We are given a little bit of sweet romance, crime, new beginnings, and all things Christmas, and all wrapped up in a page-turning read.Only problem I had was I wanted more!I received this book through the Revell Readers Program, and was no A quick read that draws you in, and then you don’t want to let go.I loved Emily, the author gives us such a sweet little girl, and she loves her Mom. Then we have Anna a teenager and how welcoming she is of an eight-year-old, and how she goes about helping her.We are given a little bit of sweet romance, crime, new beginnings, and all things Christmas, and all wrapped up in a page-turning read.Only problem I had was I wanted more!I received this book through the Revell Readers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Fall may have just started, but I’m excited about new Christmas books. Every year, I can count on a sweet holiday story from Melody Carlson, and this year’s Christmas in Winter Hill is exactly that.A new job brings Krista Galloway and her daughter to Winter Hill, Washington just in time for its beloved Christmas celebration. A celebration that it is now Krista’s job to coordinate. Even though she hates Christmas. Is it possible that this Christmas-loving small town can charm her into the holi 3.5Fall may have just started, but I’m excited about new Christmas books. Every year, I can count on a sweet holiday story from Melody Carlson, and this year’s Christmas in Winter Hill is exactly that.A new job brings Krista Galloway and her daughter to Winter Hill, Washington just in time for its beloved Christmas celebration. A celebration that it is now Krista’s job to coordinate. Even though she hates Christmas. Is it possible that this Christmas-loving small town can charm her into the holiday spirit?Christmas in Winter Hill is a story of family, romance, and of course, Christmas. As Krista gets to know Winter Hill and all its quirks, the story progresses quickly—a little too quickly in some instances—and is heartwarming and feelgood.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I never miss one of Melody Carlson's Christmas tales. They are so good and hopeful. This time around a single mother and her eight year old daughter move from Phoenix to Washington state where the mom has a new job. It's nearing Christmas time and this town goes all out! Much to the mom's dismay. She has never had a good experience at Christmas time. Never. But what happens will bless you and restore her faith in Christmas again. Don't miss this wonderful little story.*My thanks to Revell Publis I never miss one of Melody Carlson's Christmas tales. They are so good and hopeful. This time around a single mother and her eight year old daughter move from Phoenix to Washington state where the mom has a new job. It's nearing Christmas time and this town goes all out! Much to the mom's dismay. She has never had a good experience at Christmas time. Never. But what happens will bless you and restore her faith in Christmas again. Don't miss this wonderful little story.*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Krista Galloway and daughter Emily move to the town of Winter Hill so Krista can begin work as the new city manager. Winter Hill hosts an annual festival called Christmasville. Krista whose Christmas eve birthday always bumped up against the Christmas holiday spent her childhood in foster homes. Her unfavorable memories associated with the holiday created a strong aversion to Christmas. She still tries to put up a tree and make it a good day for her daughter but Emily knows her mom does not lik Krista Galloway and daughter Emily move to the town of Winter Hill so Krista can begin work as the new city manager. Winter Hill hosts an annual festival called Christmasville. Krista whose Christmas eve birthday always bumped up against the Christmas holiday spent her childhood in foster homes. Her unfavorable memories associated with the holiday created a strong aversion to Christmas. She still tries to put up a tree and make it a good day for her daughter but Emily knows her mom does not like Christmas. Krista meets Conner and his daughter Anna when he shows up to help her unload at her apartment. His mother serves as Krista's office manager. He picks her up later that evening to see a house moved across town. An essay contest will determine the home's winner. Winter Hill's growth created a housing shortage. Emily makes a friend on her first day at school. Krista faces opposition form the city's chief financial officer almost from the beginning. The mayor told Krista he's never been able to make heads or tails of the budgets. The CFO stalls providing one but when the budget supplied by his office is thicker than the one sent over from the mayor's office, Krista knows she must review things line by line and brings the city attorney into the picture. Meanwhile Krista feels like she's turning into the grinch when an inspection of a space planned for use in the town's festival reveals the presence of asbestos. Can Christmasville be saved? Christmas in Winter Hill will resonate with fans of Debbie Macomber's Christmas novels. The ending felt a bit rushed, but I suspect the author plans a sequel or series set in the town which will keep fans of this one coming back. I enjoyed the visit to Winter Hill and hope the author will provide future visits for readers to this charming town somewhere near Spokane in the Pacific Northwest. I received an advance review copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers' program with the expectation of an honest review.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Christmas in Winter HillBy: Melody Carlson *REVIEW* 🎄🎄🎄🎄I don't usually read holiday fiction in October, so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. Christmas in Winter Hill was a pleasant surprise. I totally felt the Christmas spirit. Krista and her daughter, Emily, are looking for a new beginning. Krista is the new city manager, but she's not a big fan of Christmas. This to Thank you to Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Christmas in Winter HillBy: Melody Carlson *REVIEW* 🎄🎄🎄🎄I don't usually read holiday fiction in October, so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. Christmas in Winter Hill was a pleasant surprise. I totally felt the Christmas spirit. Krista and her daughter, Emily, are looking for a new beginning. Krista is the new city manager, but she's not a big fan of Christmas. This town is known for its annual Christmasville celebration. In typical small town fashion, there are kind people and gossips. When Krista learns of a possible scandal within the city management, she learns who is on her side and who is not. Emily is doing well, and Krista wants what is best for her daughter. Will this town change Krista's mind about disliking Christmas? Have she and her daughter found their home, or will they pack up and leave? I found this story so charming and warm. Krista is a strong woman who has been dealt a bad hand. Emily is adorable, and I wanted everything to work out for them. The secondary characters really round out the story and are likeable and entertaining. There is a bit of romance, but this is not a romance read. It's a story of new beginnings, learning to trust and opening your heart to those who love you. I quickly read this book, and I recommend for anyone wanting a fast feel good read.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a very enjoyable, quick read. It was very reminiscent of a Hallmark movie. It moved at a decent pace and had a sweet ending. I really enjoyed it!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet quick Christmas read filled with hope, warmth, and love. The perfect book to sit by a warm fire with a cup of peppermint cocoa and lose yourself in the joys of Winter Hill. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Revell, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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  • Nadine Keels
    January 1, 1970
    When Krista lands a city manager position, she and her little girl relocate to Winter Hill. But not everyone in the holiday-oriented small town makes Krista feel the most welcome, including on her job. And the town's famous Christmasville celebration is coming up, requiring Krista's involvement—even though her rough history has given her plenty of reasons not to care for the holiday in Christmas in Winter Hill by author Melody Carlson.First off, to make it clear, just in case: this holiday tale When Krista lands a city manager position, she and her little girl relocate to Winter Hill. But not everyone in the holiday-oriented small town makes Krista feel the most welcome, including on her job. And the town's famous Christmasville celebration is coming up, requiring Krista's involvement—even though her rough history has given her plenty of reasons not to care for the holiday in Christmas in Winter Hill by author Melody Carlson.First off, to make it clear, just in case: this holiday tale isn't a romance. Yes, it does have a Hallmark feel that includes a romantic thread, but the story's focus is on Krista's career and the need she shares with her daughter to have a place to belong.I found this to be rather basic, predictable reading, both in regard to the plot and the character types, though I was pleased with Krista's business sense and how she (mostly) isn't timid where her job is concerned. The general cloud of townsfolk come off as prejudiced and pouty about getting their way, and the read becomes schmaltzy and redundant at times, especially toward the fast and drastic heightening of Krista's difficulties in the climax and the fairly rushed resolution and conclusion.Yet, it's good that the difficulties are based on serious issues, so the main characters aren't merely having an overemotional or trivial kind of experience. And even when it gets serious, the story isn't dark or hard to digest. It's an easy and comfortable tale that's absolutely steeped in Christmas, and a thorough Christmassy steeping is exactly what I was after.Many fans of quick and uplifting holiday reads with faith woven in should enjoy this one.________Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    This is my 16th Christmas novella by Melody Carlson, and she has yet to disappoint. With complex, realistic characters, her stories always sparkle with the fantasy of Christmas in the midst of everyday life. Krista Galloway has left her job in Phoenix as an assistant city manager to take on the role of city manager in the small town of Winter Hill Washington. Krista grew up in foster homes and never felt Christmas or her birthday on Christmas Eve got much attention. So she is somewhat of a Grinc This is my 16th Christmas novella by Melody Carlson, and she has yet to disappoint. With complex, realistic characters, her stories always sparkle with the fantasy of Christmas in the midst of everyday life. Krista Galloway has left her job in Phoenix as an assistant city manager to take on the role of city manager in the small town of Winter Hill Washington. Krista grew up in foster homes and never felt Christmas or her birthday on Christmas Eve got much attention. So she is somewhat of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. But as a single mother of an eight year old daughter, Emma, she has worked hard to hide her dislike of the materialism of Christmas to make it special for her daughter. But Winter Hill is all about Christmas and their annual Christmas extravaganza called Christmasville that draws in lots of tourists and helps bring in money to the small town. So when she arrives the week before Thanksgiving, as city manager she has no choice but to become involved which, in turn, leads to all sorts of problems that divide the town's citizens. I loved that this novella is full of the Christmas spirit, great main and secondary characters, and a wonderful plot line. I felt completely drawn into Winter Hill, its citizens, and it's magical Christmas feel. The Christmas house contest was delightful, and I loved Emma's heartfelt letter. You can't finish reading this novella without feeling the warmth of Christmas.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re a huge fan of sweet and predictable Hallmark type movies/stories then you’re going to love this book because it’s so steeped in all things Christmas you’re guaranteed a mouth full of cavities after the happily ever after.This book is well written for maximum holiday cheer but the author fails to provide an emotional connection to the characters, the storyline isn’t in the least bit original and the climax of the story was sadly lacking and totally predictable. I really do love Christma If you’re a huge fan of sweet and predictable Hallmark type movies/stories then you’re going to love this book because it’s so steeped in all things Christmas you’re guaranteed a mouth full of cavities after the happily ever after.This book is well written for maximum holiday cheer but the author fails to provide an emotional connection to the characters, the storyline isn’t in the least bit original and the climax of the story was sadly lacking and totally predictable. I really do love Christmas stories but this fairytale was way too jolly, unoriginal and repetitive for me. I read a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
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  • Sara Wise
    January 1, 1970
    What do you do if you’re not a fan of Christmas but take a job in a town that’s all about Christmas? Christmasville. The Christmas House. The mayor plays Santa Claus.That’s the situation Krista Galloway finds herself in Melody Carlson’s latest holiday offering, “Christmas in Winter Hill.”When single mom Krista takes a job as city manager for Winter Hill, Washington, she finds herself thrown into the middle of planning the town’s Christmasville celebration. A former foster child whose birthday is What do you do if you’re not a fan of Christmas but take a job in a town that’s all about Christmas? Christmasville. The Christmas House. The mayor plays Santa Claus.That’s the situation Krista Galloway finds herself in Melody Carlson’s latest holiday offering, “Christmas in Winter Hill.”When single mom Krista takes a job as city manager for Winter Hill, Washington, she finds herself thrown into the middle of planning the town’s Christmasville celebration. A former foster child whose birthday is Christmas Eve, she’s always found bad things happen at Christmas time and thus isn’t a fan of the holiday. However, her 8-year-old daughter, Emily, loves Christmas and the hope it brings.As Krista struggles to overcome her poor feelings toward Christmas, the town comes together to overcome trials that threaten to shut down Christmasville. Will she ever learn to love Christmas? And will Krista and Emily find themselves a Christmas miracle?Carlson offers another delightful Christmas novella filled with romance, feel-good moments and just a little bit of intrigue. As always, the author also does a great job of developing great characters — readers will relate to Krista and her struggles and will fall in love with her adorable daughter. Krista’s assistant, Pauline, and her awesome family add greatly to the story.“Christmas in Winter Hill” also shares several encouraging themes, like troubles make us more empathetic; you can only live one day at a time; dreams can come true; overcoming abandonment; and beating the thought that some dreams are impossible and some hopes too big.“Christmas in Winter Hill” will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.Five stars out of five. The author and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/339L7QxA trademark of Melody Carlson’s prolific writing is her yearly Christmas novella and Christmas in Winter Hill is a welcome addition. This is my first Christmas-themed read of the fall and I enjoyed it very much. The small town of Winter Hill, Washington is the perfect backdrop for this uplifting story of family and community. There’s a Hallmark feel to this story and I can easily see it in the future lineup of Christmas movies. That’s not a c Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/339L7QxA trademark of Melody Carlson’s prolific writing is her yearly Christmas novella and Christmas in Winter Hill is a welcome addition. This is my first Christmas-themed read of the fall and I enjoyed it very much. The small town of Winter Hill, Washington is the perfect backdrop for this uplifting story of family and community. There’s a Hallmark feel to this story and I can easily see it in the future lineup of Christmas movies. That’s not a criticism, by the way, for I never tire of Hallmark productions.“It takes a village to raise a Christmasville” (Mayor Richards). A new city manager who doesn’t enjoy Christmas and a town who lives for Christmas … now that’s a promising foundation for some interesting storytelling! Although there’s a gentle romance woven throughout and the yearly Christmasville production is key, the story’s main focus is on Krista and her daughter – difficulties that arise in Krista’s efforts to be a good city manager and their need for a fresh start, a place to truly belong. There’s a complexity to the characters and Krista’s background of growing up in foster homes – some good and others not so good – give a realness to her feelings about Christmas. Krista is easy to connect with and her daughter, Emily, is precious. I loved Krista’s approach to the seriousness of her job, as well as the way she brought Christmas into Emily’s life in spite of her own feelings.Christmas in Winter Hill is an easy read, fairly predictable, but that in no way lessened my enjoyment. It’s a heartwarming story, with a gentle faith thread – a reminder of God’s timing and the need for a childlike faith in God’s goodness.Recommended.I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Christmas in Winter HillAuthor: Melody CarlsonPages: 176Year: 2019Publisher: RevellMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars.This novella is a touching story of a woman along with her 8-year-old daughter move from a big, warm town to a small town that gets cold. The female lead character is named Krista whose broken past tends to place a shadow every year over her Christmas holidays. Krista becomes the town manager and quickly finds herself embroiled in a possible problem with the city financial office Title: Christmas in Winter HillAuthor: Melody CarlsonPages: 176Year: 2019Publisher: RevellMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars.This novella is a touching story of a woman along with her 8-year-old daughter move from a big, warm town to a small town that gets cold. The female lead character is named Krista whose broken past tends to place a shadow every year over her Christmas holidays. Krista becomes the town manager and quickly finds herself embroiled in a possible problem with the city financial officer who also happens to really dislike Christmas.When Krista meets Conner and his daughter, it seems the two hit it off quite well. As the holidays approach I enjoyed seeing Krista’s daughter, Emily, get excited about trying to win a house for her mom. Conner is a builder who has been widowed for six years and might be ready to begin exploring a possible relationship with Krista.Melody does a good job of painting the small town as being close, people working together, along with the small-town gossip hot line. There is romance, hope, joy and other themes in this quick read that was very refreshing! Another aspect that I enjoyed in the book was that Melody didn’t try to rush the growing romance or tidy up all the lose ends before closing the story. I enjoy books that leave the future of the characters to the imagination of its readers.You might want to get up a copy for yourself or gift a copy this coming holiday season and then enjoy talking about it with friends and family. The tale makes a great choice for book clubs to talk about before taking a break for the holiday festivities.Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    Krista Gallaway is NOT a fan of Christmas. So why is she crazy enough to move from Phoenix, Arizona to Winter Hill, Washington accepting the job of City Manager? Especially when she finds out Chirstmasville is their biggest event of the year! And, to top that off, she’s expected to get behind the celebration 100%.This was definitely a cutesy, Christmasy, warm-hearted story that will have you rooting for the magic of holiday miracles and the power of love. Krista and her daughter Emily are a deli Krista Gallaway is NOT a fan of Christmas. So why is she crazy enough to move from Phoenix, Arizona to Winter Hill, Washington accepting the job of City Manager? Especially when she finds out Chirstmasville is their biggest event of the year! And, to top that off, she’s expected to get behind the celebration 100%.This was definitely a cutesy, Christmasy, warm-hearted story that will have you rooting for the magic of holiday miracles and the power of love. Krista and her daughter Emily are a delightful duo that dug into my heart as characters to come to care deeply about. Emily—with her little girl charm & enthusiasm for all things Christmas—has big dreams for her mom and starting over in a town that promises her first snowfall! She’s every mom’s dream for a perfect little girl. Though Krista is dead-set against Christmas due to her rough childhood, she at least tries to get into the spirit for the sake of the town. I think perhaps a certain young man named Connor softens her heart with his natural charm and the friendship of his daughter Anna. Watching the foursome become friends (perhaps more?) & the conspiring of two young girls was fun, while watching the town grow on Krista was my grown-up version of a Hallmark worthy Christmas story! I’d love to see this played out on TV; it would be one I’d watch every year. Last but not least, the spiritual theme was uplifting with reminders of the power of God’s love and care for each one of us. If you’re looking for a inspiring Christmas-themed story full of charming characters and the promise of good things to come, look no farther than Christmas in Winter Hill! *I received a complimentary copy from Revell and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are strictly my own. *
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson is a sweet Christmas novella. I look forward to reading this authors latest Christmas story each year and I was not disappointed with Christmas in Winter Hill. It is well-written with relatable characters in realistic situations. It moves along at a steady pace and can be finished quickly (only 164 pages). Krista Galloway is looking forward to starting over in Winter Hill. She has not had the easiest life growing up in the foster care system and the las Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson is a sweet Christmas novella. I look forward to reading this authors latest Christmas story each year and I was not disappointed with Christmas in Winter Hill. It is well-written with relatable characters in realistic situations. It moves along at a steady pace and can be finished quickly (only 164 pages). Krista Galloway is looking forward to starting over in Winter Hill. She has not had the easiest life growing up in the foster care system and the last few years have been difficult. Her daughter, Emily is looking forward to having a white Christmas and she wants a real home with a backyard. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned for the duo. Emily, though, does enjoy living in Winter Hill and makes friends right away. I enjoyed Emily’s enthusiasm as she embraced all the Christmas festivities. The little girl wants her mother to love Christmas as much as she does and comes up with a plan (I just loved it). The townspeople enthusiastically embrace Christmas and their Christmasville activities. Winter Hill is a quaint town who came up with a clever way to revive their dying city. It is the tenth year for their Christmasville celebration, and they have big plans. Unfortunately, there are a few hiccups along the way. I enjoyed the subplot with Winston Palmer who is the town’s grinch (bah humbug type of guy). Christmas In Winter Hill has new beginnings, a cute little girl, crime, a touch of romance and cheery Christmas festivities. The story has a good moral. We learn that we get what we need in His timing, not when we want them (it can be hard to be patient though). The ending was a delight and left me with a big smile on my face. My favorite phrase comes from Krista who said, “I like to think our troubles make us stronger.” Christmas in Winter Hill is a heartwarming, uplifting story with apartment anguish, Christmas catastrophes, elf escapades, a great giveaway, and holiday high spirits.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    It is such a delight to read short Christmas novellas. They are most always warm-fuzzy-feeling books that just brighten one's emotional being. Often those treasures are tinsel draped and brightly lit romances. You know - boy meets girl, girl swoons, a Christmas engagement or wedding, and happily into the sunset. Not bad, but not always what we wish for.Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas have a light touch of romance - very light. They reach right into the heart of the characters and pull out bi It is such a delight to read short Christmas novellas. They are most always warm-fuzzy-feeling books that just brighten one's emotional being. Often those treasures are tinsel draped and brightly lit romances. You know - boy meets girl, girl swoons, a Christmas engagement or wedding, and happily into the sunset. Not bad, but not always what we wish for.Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas have a light touch of romance - very light. They reach right into the heart of the characters and pull out bits and pieces of life that engage your interest and bring you a truly warm-fuzzy feeling.In Christmas in Winter Hill we meet a young divorcee and her one and only child who captures our hearts immediately with her bright spirit.The story has Krista, our young divorcee, beginning a new job in Winter Hill and she is immediately cast into the town's frenzy that is preparation for the annual Christmasville. As the new city manager, she immediately spots discrepancies into which she begins a quiet investigation - all of which creates at atmosphere that is not at all cheerful and gay as a Christmas celebration should be.As with the author's previous novella, Christmas By the Sea, we find that Christmas in Winter Hill is about family values, love, and trust. It is also about new beginnings.I highly recommend.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Revell Reads to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.
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  • Robin Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    *Received through the Revel Reads Blogger Program and voluntarily reviewed*Definitely Hallmark movie material, and that's a good thing! This slim hardback (164 pages) is a sweet feel good story. Krista and her young daughter move from Phoenix to Winter Hill, Washington, where Krista is starting a new job as the city manager. Krista is a realistic portrayal of a single mother trying to provide a better life for her daughter. She's not a fan of Christmas, which I often feel quite bah humbug about *Received through the Revel Reads Blogger Program and voluntarily reviewed*Definitely Hallmark movie material, and that's a good thing! This slim hardback (164 pages) is a sweet feel good story. Krista and her young daughter move from Phoenix to Winter Hill, Washington, where Krista is starting a new job as the city manager. Krista is a realistic portrayal of a single mother trying to provide a better life for her daughter. She's not a fan of Christmas, which I often feel quite bah humbug about myself. Her reasons are much different than anything I could come up with though. Emily, on the other hand, loves the holiday season and is so excited to live in a town that goes all out to celebrate Christmas. I loved the relationship between the two, and how wide eyed and earnest little Emily is. And I enjoyed seeing Emily strike up such a friendship with teenage Anna. And of course, watching the friendship blossom between Krista and Anna's father. I thought this was going to be a romance, and while there is some romance, it's definitely more about Krista and Emily starting this new life. Which was fine, it was quite enjoyable and I breezed through it in a couple of days. And the ending, oh gosh, I was literally crying. It almost makes me want to live in Winter Hill, except that I hate snow and cold weather. But it might be worth it to be a part of such a wonderful community!
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  • Mayda
    January 1, 1970
    How can you not like Christmas! Well, Krista Galloway has a couple of reasons. Raised in foster care and group homes, Christmas was nothing special. And given that she was born on Christmas Eve, birthdays didn’t mean much, either. Mostly forgotten, she, in turn, mostly ignored Christmas. And with a failed marriage behind her and and having Emily, her 8-year-old daughter to raise, mostly if not entirely on her own, she is attempting a new start in Winter Hill. What she didn’t expect, as the new c How can you not like Christmas! Well, Krista Galloway has a couple of reasons. Raised in foster care and group homes, Christmas was nothing special. And given that she was born on Christmas Eve, birthdays didn’t mean much, either. Mostly forgotten, she, in turn, mostly ignored Christmas. And with a failed marriage behind her and and having Emily, her 8-year-old daughter to raise, mostly if not entirely on her own, she is attempting a new start in Winter Hill. What she didn’t expect, as the new city manager, was that she would be managing a town crazy about Christmas. Due to circumstances that really were beyond her control, she starts off on the wrong foot. And then things really go from bad to worse, so much so that she doubts she can stay at her new job. But Emily really loves the town and her new friends, that is, until she grasps the problems that face them both. This family is in need of a Christmas miracle! And some hope. This charming tale will enthrall you with its Christmas spirit and delightful characters. The story has the perfect mix of strife, hope, perseverance, friendships, love, and romance. It’s a perfect tale for the Christmas season, or really, any time your spirit needs a lift.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes it seems impossible but that's when you just have to trust in God that things will work out for the good in His own time. Not when we want it to!This sweet Christmas book is a gentle reminder of that. I loved the remainder and sometimes I know that we're not always patient myself included.I try to never miss a Melody Carlson book for this reason. Her stories are always wonderful and I love her books!I enjoyed this story through the eyes of an 8 year old named Emily. Her enthusiasm is j Sometimes it seems impossible but that's when you just have to trust in God that things will work out for the good in His own time. Not when we want it to!This sweet Christmas book is a gentle reminder of that. I loved the remainder and sometimes I know that we're not always patient myself included.I try to never miss a Melody Carlson book for this reason. Her stories are always wonderful and I love her books!I enjoyed this story through the eyes of an 8 year old named Emily. Her enthusiasm is just wow! I wish I had her energy!! Her mother is blessed to have an outgoing youngster like Emily!!If this book doesn't get you into the Christmas mood then I don't kmow what will! This Will be a great read for Christmas Eve. I think I will read it to my family on Christmas Eve. My thanks to the author for a copy if this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own.
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  • Vicky Sluiter
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful, feel good story for the Christmas season, author Melody Carlson doesn’t steer away from a difficult storyline. Some have reviewed this book and said that the challenges Krista faces makes the story “not fun to read”. I have found that challenges make the characters more true to life. After all, who has the perfect life story? I enjoy reading about characters who overcome life challenges. And yet Carlson has kept the warm, Christmas-y feel of the story that we love this time of year. A wonderful, feel good story for the Christmas season, author Melody Carlson doesn’t steer away from a difficult storyline. Some have reviewed this book and said that the challenges Krista faces makes the story “not fun to read”. I have found that challenges make the characters more true to life. After all, who has the perfect life story? I enjoy reading about characters who overcome life challenges. And yet Carlson has kept the warm, Christmas-y feel of the story that we love this time of year.If you enjoy contemporary Christian fiction with a Christmas theme and a light romance, then you’ll enjoy this story.I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Tis the season for Christmas reads to start appearing, and Melody Carlson kicks us off with another sweet contemporary novella to get us in the holiday spirit.As Winter Hill’s Christmasville celebrations get underway, Krista’s slight Grinch-like attitude contrasts to the excitement surrounding the festivities. Through her daughter and another family, Krista’s complacency toward Christmas begins to change.Fans of Hallmark movies (right down to the snow falling at the first kiss at the end) will e Tis the season for Christmas reads to start appearing, and Melody Carlson kicks us off with another sweet contemporary novella to get us in the holiday spirit.As Winter Hill’s Christmasville celebrations get underway, Krista’s slight Grinch-like attitude contrasts to the excitement surrounding the festivities. Through her daughter and another family, Krista’s complacency toward Christmas begins to change.Fans of Hallmark movies (right down to the snow falling at the first kiss at the end) will enjoy this hope-filled, small-town read. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    No one does Christmas novellas like Melody Carlson! This latest release from Melody is a charming story. It's impossible not to love Krista and Emily or not to root for them to find home in their new town of Winter Hill. The story is nice with a sweet conclusion. While this isn't my favorite Melody novella(last years: Cottage By The Sea" takes that spot!) it is another great offering from Melody. If you like short, sweet Christmas stories, definitely make plans to pick this one up!I received thi No one does Christmas novellas like Melody Carlson! This latest release from Melody is a charming story. It's impossible not to love Krista and Emily or not to root for them to find home in their new town of Winter Hill. The story is nice with a sweet conclusion. While this isn't my favorite Melody novella(last years: Cottage By The Sea" takes that spot!) it is another great offering from Melody. If you like short, sweet Christmas stories, definitely make plans to pick this one up!I received this book from Revell and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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