Friday, December 28, 2018

Hawaiian Holiday by Michele Paige Holmes {Review}
Hawaiian Holiday by Michele Paige Holmes
ebook, 150 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Mirror Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given   

Ten strangers. Six days in paradise. One unforgettable Christmas.

Hailey Walsh has always loved Christmas, and this year the holiday was supposed to be the most magical of all, spent with her large family and her fiancé in preparation for their wedding just two days after. Then Gage broke their engagement.

Now, instead of playing in the snow with her nieces and nephews, Hailey’s building a playground with children she’s never met before, spending her Christmas with strangers in Hawaii, on a service program she hopes will lift her spirits and help her begin to pick up the broken pieces of her life and heart.

Gage Stevens didn’t want to spend Christmas in Hawaii any more than he wanted to break his engagement, but sometimes fate has a way of slamming a guy against a wall and forcing him to tough decisions— for the good of others, be that his ex-fiancée or his mom. And while he’s certain that no ocean breeze or tropical wonderland can heal what’s wrong, one glimpse at a familiar head of red hair and Gage realizes fate may not be done with him yet.

My Review: 4 Stars

If you give me Hawaii, even in a book, I'm there! Having read this author's books before, I knew I was in for a sweet treat and I wasn't disappointed, but I was surprised. Honestly, I only read the first sentence of the blurb and wasn't expecting what this book delivered. I wasn't expecting a deep story full of forgiveness, pain, sacrifice, service, and love, all set in a tropical location; I was expecting pure fluff.

Hailey's heart has been smashed and in an effort to move on, she goes on a Hawaiian holiday retreat, but she's in for a surprise when she gets there. This rag-tag group of people, who are all dealing with difficult situations, manages to form a bond with each other, while coping with their lots in life and serving the orphans of Hawaii for Christmas.

I love the growth that Hailey goes through and the experiences she has to help her develop a firm grasp of what matters in life. The friends she makes and the way she interacts with them is so heartening and sweet. And the way this book wraps up warmed my heart. This is a wonderful Christmas offering.

Content: romance

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