Book Review : Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany King

November 8, 2013 Book Event, Book review 10 ★★★½

I’ve just finished my first book for HoHoHo Read-thon and I picked a lovely feel good one to start with. Cross Country Christmas is warm and cosy and the cheerful Christmas vibes are just tumbling off the pages.

Book Review : Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany KingCross Country Christmas by Tiffany King
Series: Woodfalls Girls Series,
Published by A.T. Publishing LLC on 1 Nov 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 162
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

With the holiday season upon her, Jamie Foster is once again stressed about making her yearly visit back home to Woodfalls, still single. Fate intervenes in the form of Grant Johnson, a boy she grew up with, who catches the same flight while returning home from a business trip.

When a malfunction sends their plane crashing down on the runway upon takeoff, Jamie and Grant decide to rent a car and make the nine-hundred-mile drive home together. Ironically for them, anything that can go wrong does as they face one hysterical hurdle after another.

Christmas may finally bring Jamie the gift of love she has always wanted if she and Grant can manage to overcome a few obstacles along the way. Ho-ho-ho!

My Recap :

Jamie is travelling home to her small town for Christmas. However due to a plane mishap, she ends up travelling by car with her old school mate Grant instead. Which is more than awkward as Grant was her teenage crush and it doesn’t look like her feelings have diminished any bit over time!

First Line of Cross Country Christmas:

“The large roaring engines of the surrounding planes vibrated the Jetway beneath my feet.”

My Thoughts on Cross Country Christmas:

This one is a novella and while I used to hate novellas, I’m slowly coming around to them! For such a short book, Tiffany did a great job of building up her characters. Once I realised Jamie was a blogger, I had an instant connection to her. I am all too familiar with over obsessing about my blog, clinging to my smart phone like a comfort blanket and fretting if I have no access to social media. She is a hopeless romantic which made me smile and not the best at reading people (ie Grant!, how did Jamie not suss he fancied her rotten!) but a fun character to spend time with.

The romance was defiantly not insta-love as they have known each other all their lives. Down to Grant calling her by a childhood nickname and knowing her cringe-worthy childhood mishaps, their relationship felt deep rooted and fun. He still teases her like the ten year old boy used to do. And once they realised that their feelings were mutual, the heat they generated would have melted any snow piles! Together they were spicy and zesty.

Even though this book isn’t set in the small town where they both grew it up, it is full of small town warmth and gossip. From the little glimpses I got of Woodfalls, I know this a series I really want to check out in the future. While this novella is centred around Jamie and Grant, there are tantalising details about others in the town and I want to know more.

One thing that niggled me (but just a teeny tiny bit!) was how predicable it was and a few clichés were dropped in (like only one room left in the B&B where they stayed). But this isn’t a book for criticising, this is a book to cuddle up in bed with or nestle down by a fire; stick a mug of hot chocolate in one hand and slap on Christmas music the background. It’s got snow, it’s got humour, it’s got kissing; what more do you want?! If you just go with it, it will make you feel snug as a bug in rug and if you are like me, you will end up with a big, goofy smile from ear to ear.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

 

 

Who should read Cross Country Christmas?

If you are looking for a novella that is full of Christmas swoony scenes and fun characters, then add this one to your list.

three-half-stars

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10 Responses to “Book Review : Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany King”

    • trish

      Thanks Chelsea, so glad that you loved this one too. I know I need to read Woodfalls series soon as I really enjoy the characters that Tiffany creates.

    • trish

      Thanks Sam, I don’t always get novellas either as they can be too short for me to immerse myself in fully. This was fun for a quick burst of Christmas feel-good vibes though 🙂 And yes, I love books that feature bloggers, I agree it’s so easy to relate.

    • trish

      This is only by second book by this author but I’m really impressed with the characters she creates and also her books are full of smart comments that make me laugh.

  1. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    Sounds like a really good novella – I also am coming around to them as I’ve been finding a lot of better written ones lately. I love that this uses the friend-to-lover trope, it’s a great way to avoid the instalove that some novellas have (and drives me crazy). Great review, glad you enjoyed your first HoHoHo Read!
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    • trish

      I detest insta-love too and I think that’s partly what put me off novellas as it featured strongly in a few I read. I love the friends to lovers story arc too, so much potential and it feels much more realistic. Cross Country Christmas is a good mix of sarky humour and sweet swoon 🙂

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