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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Wedding bells are in the air and it’s almost Christmas. Emily is getting married at what she believes is the most magical time of the year. Not only does she want to be happily married, but she wants to become a family: she wants to adopt a young girl by the name of Bee. Hank, Emily’s fiancé, doesn’t want the same things Emily wants. He even makes fun of her overly zealous Christmas spirit, to the point that when they notice a ‘no Santa’ sign in a local pub window and realize its owner, Eugene, is very anti-Christmas, Hank makes a bet with Emily that she can’t make Eugene as excited and full of the Christmas spirit as she is. If she wins the bet, he’ll agree to adopt Bee after they marry. Emily’s heart is in the right place, but will her bet end up ruining everything and hurt the people she really loves in the process? What she really needs is a Christmas miracle.
Christina Galeone’s Christmas romance novella, Betting On That Christmas Magic, has all the makings of a happily-ever-after seasonal treat. With a fascinating plot with unexpected twists and turns, the author allows the characters to develop and reveal their true characters with style. The reader can’t help but love the main character, Emily. An artist, a wanna-be mother, someone who passionately loves the magic of Christmas, Emily is determined to spread her goodwill to everyone she comes in contact with. It’s a contagious feeling, a good feeling. The story is a gem of magic in itself and one to be enjoyed in the spirit of Christmas.