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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls by Katie Mettner follows the story of two actors as they find that Christmas is truly the most magical time of the year. Carrie Murray’s whole career is all about Christmas and love. Appearing in movies exclusively made for Christmas time, she loses herself in the made-up world of happiness, joy, and the perfect happy endings (things that are missing from her real life). Imagine her surprise when Braxton Timothy wants to make a Christmas movie with her. Carrie is surprised, but she is not going to say no. Before they know it, Carrie and Braxton are swept away in the feel-good atmosphere of Christmas, and their on-screen characters start to merge into their real lives. Can they put aside their pasts and hold-ups to fully love one another in the present? It is the most magical time of the year, after all.
The storyline of A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls is fantastic. So simple yet perfect, Katie Mettner makes sure the audience has a treat as they listen to her story. Braxton/Carson and Carrie/Noelle are believable and relatable. The flow of the story is perfect, and the pace is just fast enough to keep the focus of the audience on the story. Sometimes, audiobooks can be hard to listen to, and the listener’s attention is divided. It never happened to me with this audiobook. I listened to this story for almost 7 hours straight and didn’t regret a single moment. It is the perfect feel-good romance we all need to feel just a little bit lighter.
Narrators Marnye Young and Eric Altheide did a fantastic job embodying Carrie and Braxton. They brought these characters to life. I loved how they differentiated between Carrie and Braxton and Noelle and Carson. They truly gave the audience the full theatrical experience and allowed them to feel as if they were right beside the protagonists. I loved the cadence of their voices and how they changed their voices according to the plot. Truly incredible.