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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
What do you do when the biggest night of your life quickly transforms into the worst night—-personally and professionally—-ever? You pack up your life, forget about your cheating and neglectful ex, and move to wine country. At least that’s what Lila does in Christmas in Wine Country after her event planning debut ends with her insulting the vineyard owner and starring in her very own drunken YouTube video. And that’s just the start of Addison Westlake’s tale of starting over. No good romance is complete without a delicious and brooding man you’re reluctant to love, but Jake Endicott is just that. He is handsome, aloof, somewhat snooty, and altogether scrumptious!
As Lila sets about reinventing her life in Wine Country she reconnects with her best friend Annie and takes a job at a cozy bookstore on impulse. Where Addison Westlake really succeeds in Christmas in Wine Country is the descriptions of the scenery that transport the reader to the beautiful backdrop of wine country. The rain, the fog, and the smells of the ocean and grapes are front and center in just about every scene. Although their first interactions are somewhat contentious, I really enjoyed Westlake’s decision to allow their relationship to progress from antagonistic to friendship and ultimately more. As Lila finds her happiness in life, we get to laugh, celebrate her successes, and lament her failures and embarrassments right along with her. Lila feels like a good friend that you simply hope finally gets it right and when she finally does, and it isn’t just about a man, you’re so proud that you just want to high-five her!
Addison Westlake did a great job of turning a small town in wine country into a scenic backdrop full of eccentric characters that you hope really exists so you can find a slice of Lila and Jake’s happiness for yourself.