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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Selling Christmas is a holiday-themed romance novel written by Angelina Goode. Caroline still loved Christmas. She loved adopting a family and making their dreams come true on Christmas morning, and she loved the scent of pine and gingerbread that welcomed her and her clients as they entered the home she was showing them. Police Officer Luke Miller wanted to make his daughter’s sixth Christmas special. It had been just the two of them for three years now, ever since his wife died leaving father and daughter shattered and bereft. But there was still something missing, something that would make this holiday season special for both of them. That night, as Ella was writing her annual letter to Santa, she wondered what Luke would be asking Santa for. Then she suggested he ask for a house with a chimney for Santa, and a large yard to explore and play in. Could that be what they needed for this Christmas, he wondered. Lauren, at the Family Relations Department, which ran the shelter where Luke was dropping off Christmas decorations, knew exactly who could help him find the house he and Ella needed.
Angelina Goode’s Selling Christmas offers readers a winter wonderland to explore and marvel at as they read about Caroline, whose grief over the loss of her parents ten years earlier had spoiled her love of Christmas, and Luke, whose dream of the perfect home for him and his daughter seemed within reach -- but only through the generosity and self-sacrifice of Caroline. Even those readers whose own pasts make Christmas not-so-shiny anymore will find themselves catching a bit of the spirit again as they watch Luke and Caroline begin to bond during a wintry afternoon horseback ride. It’s a pleasure to see how each of them begins to realize that the Christmas magic that brought them together is stronger than they could imagine. Goode’s characters have heft and personality, and their stories resonate. Her plot is imaginative and unpredictable. Selling Christmas is a squeaky clean romance that is also suitable for more mature young adult readers as well as adults. It’s most highly recommended.