TITLE: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane
AUTHOR: Sheila Roberts
INFO: Fiction, 400 pages
PUBLISHED: Mira, 2015
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Everyone's getting ready for Christmas in Icicle Falls, especially on Candy Cane Lane, where holiday decorating is taken very seriously. Tilda Morrison, town cop, is looking forward to celebrating Christmas in her first house…until she discovers that she's expected to "keep up" with the neighbors, including Maddy Donaldson, the inspiration behind the whole extravaganza. But this year, someone's destroying Maddie's precious candy canes! Thank goodness for the cop in their neighborhood.
Tilda already has her hands full trying to sort out her love life and fix up her fixer-upper. Oh, and won't it be fun to have the family over for Christmas dinner? Not really… Then there's her neighbor, Ivy Bohn. As a newly single mom, Ivy can sum up the holiday in two words: Bah, humbug. But she's determined to give her kids a perfect Christmas.
Despite family disasters, irritating ex-husbands and kitchen catastrophes, these three women are going to find out that Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!
MY TAKE: I enjoy cozy mysteries and when you combine them with Christmas, I'm there. This was a fun and enjoyable read that had all of the right ingredients for a night curled up in front of the fire with a good book.
Tilda is a cop who finally realizes her dream of becoming a homeowner in her beloved hometown. The only pitfall is that she didn't really pay attention to who her neighbors were as she moves in right next door to one of the townspeople who annoys her the most, Ivy. Ivy is a newly single mother trying to raise two kids and keep track of a mischievous little dog. I had to admit to feeling sorry for Ivy. Now Maddy/Madeline on the other hand, annoyed the heck out of me as did her spoiled daughter. Maddy is another neighbor and self-proclaimed Queen of Candy Cane Lane. She wanted everything to appear so perfect and wasn't paying attention to her own family and what was going on right beneath her nose.
The characters in the story are overall quite endearing. They're not too sappy or silly and you can feel yourself becoming attached to them and hoping for the best outcome for all of them. Of course Tilda had it really rough being around such strong men as Devon and Jamal.
While this is the 8th book in the Life in Icicle Falls series, it is very much a stand alone read. I'm new to this series and author, but I've already added the other books to my TBR list.
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