Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy by Nancy Naigle is a holiday book based on the original Hallmark movie. If you enjoy a small town romance that takes place during the Christmas season, then this is one to add to your reading list. It is a fun and entertaining story that will put you into the spirit of the season.Title: Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
Series: Christmas in Evergreen #3
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: November 3, 2020
An unexpected encounter... An extraordinary discovery... Welcome back to the town of Evergreen.
Katie, an author struggling to write her second novel, heads to Evergreen, Vermont for a holiday retreat—only to get an assignment to write an article about the town. On the train, she meets Ben, a former big-city reporter who’s now a librarian in Evergreen.
Katie’s initially skeptical about Evergreen’s love of Christmas; the place seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, Ben’s wary of Katie’s intentions. He’s protective of his small town, and he knows all too well how cynical the media can be. Then a hunt for a fifty-year-old time capsule leads to a remarkable discovery. As Katie and Ben get caught up in the community’s past and present, they both begin to envision new possibilities for the future.
This feel-good Christmas romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Cranberry Crostini.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
I have to admit that I have yet to watch this movie, so I can’t compare the book to the film, but the descriptions and overall feel of the story are classic Hallmark. The book is told in multiple perspectives, however it mostly focuses on Katie. She is a writer looking for an inspiring place to work on her novel. While Katie is in Evergreen she winds up being commissioned to write a story about the town for her mother’s magazine. This turn of events changes her entire perspective of people and the magic of Christmas.
❀ Small Town Setting
What is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the movie is its small town setting. There is no end to its holiday charm and Christmas magic. It is a place that exudes the holiday spirit, complete with a snow globe that grants wishes and a holiday train that takes tourists from the city into town. Also, the discovery of a 50 year old time capsule just before the holidays adds a nostalgic and old fashioned feeling to the novel.
❀ Slow-Burn Romance
As with many Hallmark stories, this one focuses on the themes of self-discovery and finding true love. The slow-burn romance between Katie and Ben is really sweet to read and there are lots of cute moments, including tree decorating, cookie baking and carolling. When things start to heat up, both characters need to look inwards and make some hard choices.
❀ Christmas Magic
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy by Nancy Naigle is a wonderful read that really puts you in the holiday spirit. It is a nice break from the chaos in the world right now. A definite must-read for anyone who enjoys a happy ending and lots of Christmas magic.