Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Tropes: second chance romance; single dad hero; Christmas story
Call me Scrooge. I’m not the biggest fan…rather, I’m not really a fan of Christmas stories. It’s part “been there done that” part “I’ve seen it on Hallmark already”. However, when one of your favorite over 40 authors writes a Christmas romance, one entitled Scrooge-ish, you read it. At least I did. And it was a lovely read. It combines second-chance romance with a single dad and a heroine who detests Christmas because she experiences a loss at that time of year at the age of 10. L.B. Dunbar connects her readers to Eva and Zebb through her journey to stop living in the past. It’s a gift of enduring love, spicy scenes (who gets edged at a high school football game), and forgiveness. I could say it’s cheesy, but Dunbar is careful to dole that out in small doses. Instead, she reminds her readers that we can and should choose to live in the present while letting go of the pain of our pasts. The characters are loveable, the story is engaging, and the happy ending will make you smile. Scrooge-ish will win over the heart of any Christmas-hating reader.
In love and romance,