Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Review: Love Finds You in Frost Minnesota by Judy Baer

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Summerside Press
Released: Oct. 1, 3013
307 pages
About the Book:

When Jack returns home to Minnesota, he meets the town’s newcomer. She’s bubbly, beautiful . . . and his latest adversary.

Considering that her name is Merry Noel Blake and she was born on Christmas Eve, it’s not surprising that Frost, Minnesota’s newest resident is crazy about the holiday. She has single-handedly convinced the entire town to help her turn Frost into a Christmas destination; there’s a tableau of the stable in Bethlehem, a concert, many events at the church, and Merry’s own holiday boutique.

Jack Frost has always tried to live down his whimsical name—a gift from his playful parents—and he does his best to deter Merry from making what he considers a kitschy mockery of the town and the season. But she believes that below Jack’s frosty exterior is a warm heart—and that she is the one to thaw it.


My Rating & Thoughts:    

Merry loves Christmas and in addition to being a kindergarten teacher she also runs a Christmas store, and a B&B. Jack arrives in town to research some property he has inherited. He does not like Christmas and comes off as a bit of a grinch. Jack is a believer and does believe in the Nativity and the birth of Jesus, he just does not like Christmas celebrations. Merry is determined to find a man of faith and feels drawn to Jack but the fact that he doesn’t like Christmas discourages her and she tries to get him into the holiday spirit. Eventually we learn Jack’s reasoning for not enjoying Christmas and my heart broke for the grief he has experienced. Merry is so energetic and I got the impression that she planned all the Christmas events for the town in addition to doing her job and running her businesses. She was so busy; I don’t know how she functioned and got everything done. I did not like how Jack let his lawyer Vince deal with all the property stuff without staying informed. If he really cared about what happened to those currently living at the various properties, why wouldn’t he want to be kept informed. I wanted to like these characters, but I struggled with this story and the character names really annoyed me and made the book feel cheesy. The two main characters are named Merry Noel Blake and Jack Frost. I was doing okay with the story until we got near the end and then everything just felt rushed and tied up too quickly. 

Favourite Quote: 
“Snow hid the defects and washed the world clean, even if only for a little while.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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