BOOK REVIEW + $25 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - The Christmas Bride by Christy McKee

The Christmas Bride

by Christy McKee 

GENRE: Second chance holiday romance

She’s ruled by her emotions. He’s determined to prove his feelings are real. Is snow-covered Vermont a perfect place for a second chance at forever?


Emma Kimball is struggling to keep tradition alive. Drowning in debt from her late mother’s medical bills, she escapes to spend December in her childhood’s beloved small-town inn. And the last complication she needs is for her handsome ex to crash her wintery wonderland.


Dr. Jake Cutter almost has it all. Nine years after their painful breakup, he’s bent on chasing a Yuletide miracle to win back the woman he loves. So even knowing that she’s skittish to reconnect, he's willing to do the work to thaw her heart.


Scared she'll wreck her future and end up with someone just like her overly controlling father, a wary Emma resists the allure of her old flame’s attempts to reconcile. But as Jake worries about once again messing up the best thing ever, he refuses to stop hoping he's been good enough to earn a kiss underneath the mistletoe.


Can an unexpected holiday reunion turn out to be the greatest gift of all?


The Christmas Bride is a heartwarming contemporary romance. If you like complex characters, idyllic seasonal settings, and jingle-bell charm, then you’ll adore Christy McKee’s tale of forgiveness and fate.


Buy The Christmas Bride to unwrap happily ever after today!


It seemed odd he would abandon his dream so easily. “You dreamed of going to California and being a surgeon since you were ten. Did you stay long enough to give it a chance?”

Curious over the turn his life had taken, she took a swallow of her cabernet and wondered what brought about the change of heart. “All those beautiful California girls…did one of them break your heart?”

“No. Heart’s still intact. Why?” He pinned her with a hot, slow smile. “Want it back?”

“Of course not.” She tamped on the involuntary sizzle zinging through her body. His sexy smile never failed to get her stirred up. “We’re different people now.” She took a healthy gulp of her soda,  hoping it would calm the mad churning in her stomach.

“All grown up, aren’t we? So, tell me.” He gave her a questioning look. “Did you stay in social work?”

“Yes.”  I’m at Fordham Hospital in Manhattan, and I love my job.” Come on, Emma. Wasn’t that tone in your voice a tad defensive? Just because Jake is a  medical doctor doesn’t mean your job is any less important than his. It’s not a competition. But, she wasn’t about to admit her job was only part-time, paid a meager salary, and could no longer afford to keep it. 

I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Christy McKee and Goddess Fish Promotions. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

What a beautiful story of the blessings of second chances perfect for the holiday season. This book truly captures the meaning of the Christmas spirit. In this book, we meet Emma. Drowning in her late mother’s medical debt, she decides to escape and spend her holiday in her childhood’s beloved small-town Inn. Insert Jake. Her ex, who will do whatever it takes to win her back. They are 9 years past their painful break-up but clearly the feelings are still there.

This story has it all - chemistry, love, suspense – all wrapped into one well written and hard to put down book. I like Emma and Jake, their antics had me laughing while the details of their painful past brought tears to my eyes. The author does an excellent job of describing the anxieties and feeling that come along with the decision to give it a go for a second time.

I also enjoyed the descriptions of the holidays and atmosphere, I felt like I was living in the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a romance book with complex characters looking to find their true love. I’ll be reading more from this author! 

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

People always ask me why I became a writer. I think a writer was always inside me. When I was ten, I started a neighborhood newspaper with a kid's printing press my parents got for my birthday. It was my first gig as a news reporter. After college, as a broadcast major, I was primed and ready for TV news, which satisfied me for a few years, but it wasn't enough.

Sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you, but you're so busy trying to find yourself you walk right past it. Growing up, I devoured historicals, but contemporary romance became my sweet spot when I started writing. Second chance romances and enemies to lovers are my favorite tropes.

I  live with my husband and black Lab, Brody, in coastal North Carolina. We love to go to the beach in all seasons. Brody delights in chasing waves, and our three little grandchildren enjoy shell collecting. I love movies, reading, and exploring seaside villages and am always up for a travel adventure.

Several years later, during a summer break from Stephens College, I was hired as an intern at The Associated Press–a real prize for a broadcast major. Yes, I was in the big leagues now and though I warned myself to keep my "creativity" under wraps– some things you just can't control. This time I got into really hot water by mis-quoting a source. What I'd done was simply re-arrange a few words in a direct quote to make it flow better. Evidently my "re-arranging" altered the source's meaning and he was furious and out for blood; someone's head had to roll. The red-faced bureau chief fired me on the spot, muttering something about me trying my hand at fiction. Lesson finally learned: don't screw with the facts!

After working in TV news for a few years, I moved into commercial production, then freelance writing. Fewer and fewer facts and more creativity. Finally, I was on to something; working my way towards fiction where I could whip up my own batch of facts and no one could call me out.

Four years ticked by and I finally landed—where I should have started, years ago—on the green square clearly marked "fiction writer." What was I thinking all those years? Now, with my feet firmly planted—we are NOT moving again—I'm a full time writer of contemporary romance. With the support of my family and my two office assistants—Gracie, a black Lab and Lambeau, a yellow Lab named after Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers—I spend my days in a world of my own creation where the only facts that matter are the ones I invent. Hopefully, my readers will enjoy my stories as much as I love writing them!

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  1. Happy New Year and thank you for hosting me on your blog today. I am so glad you enjoyed The Christmas Bride and Emma and Jake's love story. I wish I could check into the lovely, old Vermont inn for a few days of holiday celebrations myself!

  2. This sounds like a great holiday romance. I love the cover.

  3. Love romances ! Thanks for sharing!

  4. How did you decide on the book cover? It's so pretty!

  5. I love the cover and look forward to reading the book.

  6. The book sounds like a wonderful romantic read. Love the cover!


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