Title Maybe This Christmas
Author Susannah Nix
Description from Amazon
Two best friends. Ten Christmases. One happy ending.
When best friends Alexandra and Lucas share a first kiss on Christmas night their senior year of high school, it feels like the best years of their lives are ahead of them.
Then Alex goes off to college, and Lucas stays behind to work at his dad’s construction business in the small beach town where they grew up. Life, as they say, happens. And somewhere along the way these two high school sweethearts find they don’t have as much in common as they once did.
Lucas’s life is on Beaufort Island, and Alex is all about getting away and moving on. So he makes one of the hardest decisions of his life and lets her go.
But every year when Alex comes home for the holidays, fate conspires to reunite the two former lovebirds on Christmas Day. Year after year, through good times and bad, Lucas and Alex meet up, catch up, and reconnect on the anniversary of their first kiss.
Is it too much to hope that one year they’ll find their way back to each other permanently?
Maybe even this Christmas.
This was another classic, “Bookstagram made me do it” purchase. I saw this book online, saw that it was a novella (and only USD 0.99 on Amazon) and I had to have it. I’m a sucker for Christmas rom-coms. They’re totally my guilty pleasure. Year round.
Some Things I Liked
- Structure. I loved that each chapter was set on the same day of the year and we only got to see one day in the lives of our characters.
- Alternating POV. Since this was a novella, I wasn’t sure if I’d like that, but I think it really worked here. Since the book was only set during one day a year, we both main characters recapped the year from their perspective. I think it made the entire story more interesting as we only got a peek into each of their lives.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- I thought some of the side plots were a little transparent. For example, everyone telling Lucas that he clearly loves Alex and Lucas denying it for several years. It just seemed stretched a little too much. I think this was probably done so that we would see ten years but the story could have been told over fewer and had the same impact.
I read this book all in one sitting. I fell in love with the story. It was so cute and made me wish it was December. I loved every page. This was also a shorter book so it was a super fast read.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- The Christmas Countdown by Donna Ashcroft – if you like cute, Christmas rom-coms, check out this book.
- Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters – if you’re looking for a Christmas rom-com about missed chances and ten years worth of lost love, give this book a try.