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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
People aren’t always who they say they are. Deception is rife when persons wish to remain anonymous for various reasons. Holly Moore hasn’t seen her lumber baron father since she was a child. He left her in the care of her aunt and uncle after her mother died suddenly. But now he’s home, and Holly wants to join him at the family homestead. Only, once she arrives, a convenient mistake by the housekeeper allows Holly to assume an alternate identity, one of a serving girl, to gain access to the house and the secrets it holds within. What she discovers shatters her childhood memories and makes her wonder how much she can truly believe and trust those around her. Has everyone been lying to her since her childhood? Has she fallen into the same convenience of deception? It’s Christmas, a time to celebrate and, perhaps, a time to forgive and move forward.
Jenny Knipfer’s Christmas romance novel, Holly’s Homecoming, is one of the popular Botanical Seasons Novellas. Set in the late 1800s, the plot revolves around family conspiracies and a new romantic alliance. There is a building of tension and intrigue as the protagonist, Holly, discovers things in the attic that overturn what she always believed as a child. There is a dynamic use of dialogue, believable for this time period, that helps develop the suspense and moves the plot forward. The descriptive narrative certainly sets the ambiance and allows the reader to feel they are an integral part of the story. A sweet romance ensues as the plot thickens and Holly discovers things from her past that trouble her. This is a gentle historical and seasonal romance, bringing in the beauty of the Christmas season to help resolve the issues at hand. A relaxing comfort read.