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USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains delivers a tender trade paperback romance that will appeal to readers with its warmth and bestselling themes! Lucy Hannigan has inherited her mother's bulldog, Bella, and her childhood home, the only pink house on Gingerbread Lane. With the holidays coming up, the pressure is on to decorate the house for the annual lights competition USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains delivers a tender trade paperback romance that will appeal to readers with its warmth and bestselling themes! Lucy Hannigan has inherited her mother's bulldog, Bella, and her childhood home, the only pink house on Gingerbread Lane. With the holidays coming up, the pressure is on to decorate the house for the annual lights competition and maintain her parent's winning streak. But Lucy already has her hands full as a midwife and a new landlord-to her ex-fiance. When Miles Bruno is suddenly asked to move out of his rental home, he's grateful to Lucy for taking him on as a tenant. But their broken-off engagement doesn't make it easy to live next door. Sparks still fly between them, and he'd give anything to get back in Lucy's good graces. But to do that will take much more than just tree trimming and house decorating and contest winning. Will one wildly grand romantic gesture on Christmas Eve finally soften her heart?


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USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains delivers a tender trade paperback romance that will appeal to readers with its warmth and bestselling themes! Lucy Hannigan has inherited her mother's bulldog, Bella, and her childhood home, the only pink house on Gingerbread Lane. With the holidays coming up, the pressure is on to decorate the house for the annual lights competition USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains delivers a tender trade paperback romance that will appeal to readers with its warmth and bestselling themes! Lucy Hannigan has inherited her mother's bulldog, Bella, and her childhood home, the only pink house on Gingerbread Lane. With the holidays coming up, the pressure is on to decorate the house for the annual lights competition and maintain her parent's winning streak. But Lucy already has her hands full as a midwife and a new landlord-to her ex-fiance. When Miles Bruno is suddenly asked to move out of his rental home, he's grateful to Lucy for taking him on as a tenant. But their broken-off engagement doesn't make it easy to live next door. Sparks still fly between them, and he'd give anything to get back in Lucy's good graces. But to do that will take much more than just tree trimming and house decorating and contest winning. Will one wildly grand romantic gesture on Christmas Eve finally soften her heart?

30 review for The Christmas Village

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Just as good as a Hallmark movie! I love Christmas time. It’s my favorite season. There is nothing better than reading a romance novel set during this time of the year. Anne Rains writes a second chance love story set in a small town. I didn’t read the first book but I don’t think you need to in order to enjoy it. Our protagonists are Lucy and Miles. They were in love when they were teenagers but Miles broke her heart. Lucy moved away but now Lucy has come back to live at her parents' home after he Just as good as a Hallmark movie! I love Christmas time. It’s my favorite season. There is nothing better than reading a romance novel set during this time of the year. Anne Rains writes a second chance love story set in a small town. I didn’t read the first book but I don’t think you need to in order to enjoy it. Our protagonists are Lucy and Miles. They were in love when they were teenagers but Miles broke her heart. Lucy moved away but now Lucy has come back to live at her parents' home after her mother's passing. She loved the pink house and all the memories but discovering her mom had many debts was unexpected. Lucy will need to get a tenant to start paying the bills. Her job as a midwife doesn't give her a great income to cover all the expenses. Miles is a town cop. He loves his job and he is good at it. He is saving money to buy a home. When Miles finds himself needing a new place to live and Lucy needs money to pay her mother’s bills, Miles becomes her tenant. Having to see each other regularly will bring back all those feelings they had for each other. Can Lucy forgive Miles for what happened so many years ago? Can they move forward? The Christmas Village was heartwarming, sweet, and just what I needed for the beginning of the season! Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Christmas Village by Annie Rains is the second book in the contemporary romance Somerset Lake series. As with a lot of romance series the main characters have changed with the common theme among the series being the setting of the stories, Somerset Lake, North Carolina. With a different couple in the stories the books can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. It’s been almost a year since Lucy Hannigan returned to her hometown of Somerset Lake and unfortunately she had The Christmas Village by Annie Rains is the second book in the contemporary romance Somerset Lake series. As with a lot of romance series the main characters have changed with the common theme among the series being the setting of the stories, Somerset Lake, North Carolina. With a different couple in the stories the books can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. It’s been almost a year since Lucy Hannigan returned to her hometown of Somerset Lake and unfortunately she had to do it under horrible circumstances. Lucy’s mother had become ill and passed rather quickly and while Lucy struggled with her grief she also found herself struggling with the bills her mother had left behind. Lucy’s plan of taking on a tenant to help hadn’t gone well so far with no interest. One night Lucy thinks there is an intruder so she calls the police for help. Of course the one person to be sent to Lucy’s rescue just had to be her ex, Miles Bruno. Miles couldn’t help but notice the for rent sign and when he finds himself in need of a new home he asks Lucy to allow him to be her tenant. Lucy struggles with the decision but when yet another bill comes in she reluctantly agrees with a set of rules. I absolutely adored the first book of the Somerset Lake series so I was excited to dive right into The Christmas Village. With a second chance romance rating really high in my favorite romance tropes list it wasn’t surprising that I enjoyed getting to know Lucy and Miles. The one thing that held me back from being overly thrilled with this one though was the idea of Lucy still getting bills almost a year later, it really didn’t add up to me. The idea of holding off collecting to be ‘nice’ flew out the window when they show up right at the holidays and a part of me thinks how is she to know who actually would be owed money in the day and age of con artists everywhere. Anyway, the town is lovely, the characters lovely and the Christmas activities were nice I just had that one niggle that held this one back from the five stars of the first. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Lucy Hannigan’s got hands full between handling patients as a nurse practitioner/midwife, and the upkeep on her childhood home, a mansion size Victorian house located in the historical part of town called The Village. In order to help makes ends meet Lucy decided to rent out the garage apartment but doesn’t count on her ex-fiancé applying for tenancy. Miles, her first and only love broke her heart ten years ago and she’s never really gotten over it. Lucy’s not sure having him so close would be a Lucy Hannigan’s got hands full between handling patients as a nurse practitioner/midwife, and the upkeep on her childhood home, a mansion size Victorian house located in the historical part of town called The Village. In order to help makes ends meet Lucy decided to rent out the garage apartment but doesn’t count on her ex-fiancé applying for tenancy. Miles, her first and only love broke her heart ten years ago and she’s never really gotten over it. Lucy’s not sure having him so close would be a good idea. Deputy Miles Bruno has never gotten over Lucy either, but he ended things and now he’s pretty sure their awkward friendship is the most he can hope for. However, when Miles finds himself in need of a place to rent and Lucy in need of a renter the two find it impossible to avoid each other. With unexpected house bills pilling up on Lucy, Miles offers to help win the “Merriest Lawn Contest” for the cash prize and soon they’re spending time over Thanksgiving leftovers, hot cocoa, and Christmas decorating. It’s hard to ignore the attraction that never really went away between them. Neither of them felt that special spark with anyone else, and I was eager for these two to work it out, especially after finding out the reason Miles ended it. Both Lucy and Miles were good people who deserved their HEA! The Christmas Village was full of things to love: a sweet second chance romance, supportive female friends, a cat rescue, and a French bulldog. All set in a charming small town. What more could you want from a holiday read?! A copy was kindly provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

    Ah... a second chance romance filled with holiday rituals, tortured hearts, and the sweet tender feelings of hope. Annie Rains does it all so beautifully! Truly, from the very first page, I am immediately drawn to Lucy and Miles. There is a big difference between young love and adult feelings and knowledge. The journey back together is better for the separation, yet achingly bittersweet all at the same time. I'm left wanting to string colorful lights, and with a heart bursting with holiday spiri Ah... a second chance romance filled with holiday rituals, tortured hearts, and the sweet tender feelings of hope. Annie Rains does it all so beautifully! Truly, from the very first page, I am immediately drawn to Lucy and Miles. There is a big difference between young love and adult feelings and knowledge. The journey back together is better for the separation, yet achingly bittersweet all at the same time. I'm left wanting to string colorful lights, and with a heart bursting with holiday spirit and love. The Christmas Village will make the perfect stocking stuffer read for any romance fan. Happy reading! ~Tanja *ARC provided by Forever Publishing Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿TikTok

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. VERY SPOILER-Y REVIEW 2.5 stars Second-chance AND Christmas romance - they're usually my jam. Unfortunately, this one doesn't quite a hit for me. First of all, the pacing of the romance feels very off. Lucy and Miles were engaged when they were eighteen (apparently Lucy thought she was pregnant, and trust me, this was NOT my favorite trope!) until Miles broke it off (hello, "evil" offer from a parent, yawn-inducing trope as well). Then Lucy is back in town, I can't say there's "chemistry" between VERY SPOILER-Y REVIEW 2.5 stars Second-chance AND Christmas romance - they're usually my jam. Unfortunately, this one doesn't quite a hit for me. First of all, the pacing of the romance feels very off. Lucy and Miles were engaged when they were eighteen (apparently Lucy thought she was pregnant, and trust me, this was NOT my favorite trope!) until Miles broke it off (hello, "evil" offer from a parent, yawn-inducing trope as well). Then Lucy is back in town, I can't say there's "chemistry" between them, but Miles says that they are friends, right - whereas I don't get that vibe because Lucy seems to still have feelings for Miles. Which means, it feels VERY one sided.... Second of all, they actually get back together really quick, I mean, like 2/3rd of the book, and I struggle to finish the last third. Yes, Lucy does something, which I totally think as lame excuse. Then there's, like, a secondary plot ... a mystery that involves someone who hates Christmas. Oh, and I'm also not happy with the conflict that seems to be evolving around money *shrugs* To be honest, this book makes a grumpy girl out of me. I guess I have to be a Scrooge for this Christmas book and says, "Buh, Humbug". The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Cosy, spirited, and heartwarming! The Christmas Village is a quaint, beguiling tale featuring the hardworking, ruggedly handsome Deputy Miles Bruno who broke his high school girlfriend’s heart ten years ago when he suddenly cancelled their engagement and dumped her out of the blue, and the loyal, caring Lucy Hannigan who, after inheriting her late mother’s house and bills, may finally have to put her heartache aside and allow the one man she’s never quite forgotten back into her home and heart. Th Cosy, spirited, and heartwarming! The Christmas Village is a quaint, beguiling tale featuring the hardworking, ruggedly handsome Deputy Miles Bruno who broke his high school girlfriend’s heart ten years ago when he suddenly cancelled their engagement and dumped her out of the blue, and the loyal, caring Lucy Hannigan who, after inheriting her late mother’s house and bills, may finally have to put her heartache aside and allow the one man she’s never quite forgotten back into her home and heart. The prose is charming and light. The characters are lonely, thoughtful, and friendly. And the plot is an enchanting tale full of tender moments, friendship, family, community, self-discovery, merry preparations, furry companions, and a touch of romance! Overall, The Christmas Village is a clean, festive, uplifting, wintery treat by Rains that is a wonderful addition to the Somerset Lake series and is sure to have you believing in the magic of Christmas and daydreaming of snowflakes, twinkling lights, decorated trees, and scrumptious chocolatey treats. Thank you to Forever and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    This is the third book Ive read by this author . I think shes a new favorite of mine. This reminds me of Hallmark movies

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I have a soft spot for second chance romance and The Christmas Village embodies this within the story of Lucy and Miles. The characters in the story all had their positives and flaws. But it was with Lucy whom I felt the most frustrated with. While she faced a lot of loss within a short time, I just couldn’t understand her constant back and forth with Miles. I really wanted to shake her and scream, “What is wrong with you?!” While I liked the writing, I was missing more of a wow factor or moment I have a soft spot for second chance romance and The Christmas Village embodies this within the story of Lucy and Miles. The characters in the story all had their positives and flaws. But it was with Lucy whom I felt the most frustrated with. While she faced a lot of loss within a short time, I just couldn’t understand her constant back and forth with Miles. I really wanted to shake her and scream, “What is wrong with you?!” While I liked the writing, I was missing more of a wow factor or moment in the story. With that being said, I did enjoy the mystery element to the story about the town’s “Christmas Crankster” and that the rest of the storyline had a Hallmark essence that attributed to a good holiday read. Thank you Forever for the arc. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    [I received a digital arc for an honest review] A Christmas Villageis the second stand alone in the Somerset Lake series by Annie Raines . A second chance romance between a town cop and a midwife. Lucy and Milo have a lot of history. They were each other's first loves but they have a broken engagement between them and a lot of words left unsaid. They have a tentative relationship between them now, not quite friends. When Milo needs a place to stay and Lucy needs to rent out her garage apartment [I received a digital arc for an honest review] A Christmas Villageis the second stand alone in the Somerset Lake series by Annie Raines . A second chance romance between a town cop and a midwife. Lucy and Milo have a lot of history. They were each other's first loves but they have a broken engagement between them and a lot of words left unsaid. They have a tentative relationship between them now, not quite friends. When Milo needs a place to stay and Lucy needs to rent out her garage apartment for income, they are forced into each other's orbit. With feelings remaining on both sides they need to face their past but will Lucy be able to fully forgive him for breaking her young heart. There wasn't anything wrong with this book it was a charming low angst, Christmas romance with practically no steam. Personally, second chance romances aren't my favorite, and they have to be perfect for me to love it. The small town setting was enjoyable and as were all the festive activities done in the book. I guess I just didn't find anything memorable about our main characters. I do look forward to other books in the series though.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Loves Books)

    For as long as I can remember, I've loved Hallmark Christmas movies. They're the perfect hug after a hard day, the best hot cocoa by the fire when it's snowing out, the warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you see amazing displays of decorations down a neighborhood street. The Christmas Village by Annie Rains has that same feeling - it's such a sweet romance, with the perfect amount of holiday cheer wrapped in it. This book felt like it had a little of everything: a strong but struggling main cha For as long as I can remember, I've loved Hallmark Christmas movies. They're the perfect hug after a hard day, the best hot cocoa by the fire when it's snowing out, the warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you see amazing displays of decorations down a neighborhood street. The Christmas Village by Annie Rains has that same feeling - it's such a sweet romance, with the perfect amount of holiday cheer wrapped in it. This book felt like it had a little of everything: a strong but struggling main character, the hurting and handsome love interest, an adorable dog and lovable cat who knows just when their owner needs a cuddle, a wonderful group of friends who represent all sorts of walks of life, Christmas decorations and mistletoe and gift exchanges, and even a small-town 'whodunit' style mystery! While some of it was predictable, it was wholly enjoyable; and truthfully, you go into holiday books hoping to have them tied up in a lovely bow at the end. This one won't let you down.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    The Christmas Village by Annie Rains, is the second in the Somerset series. It has a picture-perfect cover and the story started off as a seasonal delight, full-to-brimming with Christmas charm. After a third of the way in, it began to slow and lost some plot momentum. It’s definitely festive and atmospheric, (which I loved), but it lacked enough tension, or climatic events to keep me invested and turning pages. It seemed that the reunion between the two main characters was rather sudden and then The Christmas Village by Annie Rains, is the second in the Somerset series. It has a picture-perfect cover and the story started off as a seasonal delight, full-to-brimming with Christmas charm. After a third of the way in, it began to slow and lost some plot momentum. It’s definitely festive and atmospheric, (which I loved), but it lacked enough tension, or climatic events to keep me invested and turning pages. It seemed that the reunion between the two main characters was rather sudden and then didn’t go anywhere. I found main female characters’ behavior at a latter pivotal point to be a bit overreactive and unexpected, and I was disturbed by some of the declarations and choices of the mother. This story was highly descriptive and full of small town coziness, (though someone needed to give Reva Dawson a dose of her own medicine, or perhaps a muzzle!), and I enjoyed a good portion of the story, but it did drag after awhile. I loved how sweet the story was, but ultimately, it felt rather long and drawn out and just a little bland.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I adore Annie Rains. Her books always come to me at just the right time when I need a story with some depth, but also that cruises along smoothly like a Hallmark movie. Her Christmas stories are just so good and this one might be the best yet. The atmosphere in the Christmas Village was so well written that I could see the decorations and town in my mind more than ever. I think that MIles and Lucy's second chance story was very well done and that it was easy to root for them as their struggles w I adore Annie Rains. Her books always come to me at just the right time when I need a story with some depth, but also that cruises along smoothly like a Hallmark movie. Her Christmas stories are just so good and this one might be the best yet. The atmosphere in the Christmas Village was so well written that I could see the decorations and town in my mind more than ever. I think that MIles and Lucy's second chance story was very well done and that it was easy to root for them as their struggles were more external than internal. They loved. They just had to fight their own stuff first. Thank you, Annie and Forever, for sharing these books with me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Veronica245

    My holiday books disaster continues. Boring, boring, boring! Dnf

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Super cute second chance romance with all the holiday feels! Thanks Forever Romance & Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaitie

    I love to celebrate Christmas in July as much as Christmas in December! And I couldn’t have picked a better book to pick up for this time of the year! Lucy and Miles are everything! Second chance, good friends, and well Christmas!!! I’m really loving Sommerset and I can’t wait for more stories!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Stewart Reviews

    Author : Annie Rains The Christmas Village (Somerset Lake Book 2) Publisher: Forever Publication date: October 12, 2021 353 pages 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Description USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains returns to Somerset Lake, North Carolina, with a heartwarming Christmas story about a midwife and her ex-fiance who face high stakes when they must team up to compete in the neighborhood house decorating contest, in this trade paperback that will help get readers in the holiday spirit. Once upon a Christmas, she ga Author : Annie Rains The Christmas Village (Somerset Lake Book 2) Publisher: Forever Publication date: October 12, 2021 353 pages 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Description USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains returns to Somerset Lake, North Carolina, with a heartwarming Christmas story about a midwife and her ex-fiance who face high stakes when they must team up to compete in the neighborhood house decorating contest, in this trade paperback that will help get readers in the holiday spirit. Once upon a Christmas, she gave him her heart. This year, he'll have to win it back again . . . When Lucy Hannigan returned to her childhood home in Somerset Lake, one of the first things she did was join the local book club. And thank goodness, because now that Lucy’s first Christmas without her mother is bearing down upon her, she can use all the help and support she can get. Especially when she has to take in a tenant and the only person interested is Miles Bruno, her ex-fiance. Lucy’s friends keep teasing her about the way Miles is trying to make up for his mistakes but forgiving and forgetting isn’t coming easily to Lucy. With bills piling up and her mother’s finances in disarray, however, Lucy isn’t in any position to say no. As the small town prepares for the holidays and competition heats up in the Merriest Lawn decorating contest, Lucy can’t help feeling like a Scrooge. Her mom loved the holidays and won the contest each year, but as much as Lucy would like to carry on the tradition, she isn’t sure she has it in her to deck the halls this holiday. Yet when Miles shows up with tons of tinsel, dozens of decorations, and lots and lots of lights, Lucy begins to wonder if maybe the spirit of the season will finally mend her broken heart. 🎁🎄🐾MY REVIEW🎁🎄🐾 THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE is a story of love, loss, second chances and the story of midwife Lucy Hannigan and police officer Miles Bruno. If is also the second instalment in the Somerset Lake series. I really struggled with this story. I loved the town and Miles but Lucy just become very annoying which caused me to have to put the book down and read something else for awhile. I normally love all of Annie Rains books. There is however a large cast of secondary characters that are young and old which you will totally love. I also Loved all the traditions and celebrations that Somerset Lake does for the holidays.I can’t wait to read more books by this author. *******Disclosure******* I received a free ARC copy of this book from the author prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review. I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review , just an honest one. So sorry it has took me so long to get your review done. #JoyceStewartReviews #bookreviewblogger #bookrecommendations #romance #AnnieRains #TheChristmasVillage

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Christmas is a time of year when people really want to just enjoy peace, love, family and friendships. Lucy Hannigan wants these things in her life, too, but first she has to overcome the devastating losses in her life, like her mom dying and spending the first holiday without her. Plus, Lucy is overwhelmed with debts that her mom left behind and has no idea how she can pay all of the bills. When her former fiancé Miles Bruno asks to rent the garage apartment from her, that seems to solve some o Christmas is a time of year when people really want to just enjoy peace, love, family and friendships. Lucy Hannigan wants these things in her life, too, but first she has to overcome the devastating losses in her life, like her mom dying and spending the first holiday without her. Plus, Lucy is overwhelmed with debts that her mom left behind and has no idea how she can pay all of the bills. When her former fiancé Miles Bruno asks to rent the garage apartment from her, that seems to solve some of her problems. Lucy’s trip to self-discovery and Miles’ desire to help her have a good holiday season have some detours and problems along the way, but what a good and uplifting book to read as the holiday season begins! Somerset Lake, the small town where the story is set, is like a fairytale town, with neighbors who always know each other’s business and who are concerned about one another. The competition for the best decorated home brought back a few memories for me of my childhood and the lights all over the neighborhood. The plot wove its way into my heart just as the characters did. I wanted Lucy to have a “happily ever after” and for everyone in town to have a joyous Christmas. Although this book is part of a series, it can certainly be read as a standalone, or one could go back and read “The Summer Cottage” and become acquainted with other townspeople of Somerset Lake. The author writes with heart and as an avid reader, I could feel her loving touches in the story and in the lives of the characters. This is a charming, heartwarming story that should be on every reader’s shelf this Christmas. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gloria ~ mzglorybe

    3.75 stars for this romantic Christmas story. I found this thoroughly engaging from the get-go. The setting is a small town in which there is a neighborhood of ginger-bread style historic homes called the Christmas Village. Lucy Hannigan, a midwife, is our main character, who has come back to her childhood home in The Village after her mother dies to settle her finances and maybe move back into her big pink childhood home. She is grieving her mother, and is overwhelmed at all that has to be done. 3.75 stars for this romantic Christmas story. I found this thoroughly engaging from the get-go. The setting is a small town in which there is a neighborhood of ginger-bread style historic homes called the Christmas Village. Lucy Hannigan, a midwife, is our main character, who has come back to her childhood home in The Village after her mother dies to settle her finances and maybe move back into her big pink childhood home. She is grieving her mother, and is overwhelmed at all that has to be done. She encounters several obstacles, like things that need to be fixed or replaced, and a lot of debt her mother left behind for her instead of money, and she doesn’t have much of her own. Then, to top it all, her ex-fiance, a deputy sheriff who lives in the town, responds to her emergency call of an intruder at her home, who turns out to be a critter instead. She hasn’t seen him in several years and is mortified that her “intruder” is a possum, and that her attraction for him still exists. Is it reciprocated? This is much like a Hallmark movie of the holiday season, so you can probably guess the answer to that question. A cheerful setting with great characters, romance, female friendships, birthing scenes, book club scenarios and just enough angst to balance it out. . It's cute, funny, gives one food for thought. I'm happy to recommend this for anyone looking for a gift for a reader, or to just enjoy yourself.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Fortna

    ARC for honest review with no compensation Received from NetGalley, Forever 4.5 stars The Christmas Village is book 2 the Somerset Lake series by Annie Rains, a new to me author. Lucy and Miles were high school sweethearts, became engaged and thought they had it all…until something happened and Miles broke her heart. Now years later Lucy is coming to grips with the passing of her mother and the huge amount of debt to be paid. She needs a Christmas miracle…but not in the Miles wants her back way…he ARC for honest review with no compensation Received from NetGalley, Forever 4.5 stars The Christmas Village is book 2 the Somerset Lake series by Annie Rains, a new to me author. Lucy and Miles were high school sweethearts, became engaged and thought they had it all…until something happened and Miles broke her heart. Now years later Lucy is coming to grips with the passing of her mother and the huge amount of debt to be paid. She needs a Christmas miracle…but not in the Miles wants her back way…he will do anything to show her he made a huge mistake and wants to start over and build a life together… Will she open her heart again to Miles and have the miracle or will she let the past keep her from happiness? Only time will tell…

  20. 5 out of 5

    ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    4/5 🌟's Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of The Christmas Village in exchange for an honest review. I was reluctant to start this one. Not because I didn't think that I would enjoy it (I did- it was marvelous), but because I've had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Between the forced proximity, Merriest Lawn Contest, Christmas tree shopping, and Christmas Crankster however- I've started to come around. Annie touches on grief- and stress surrounding the holidays as wel 4/5 🌟's Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of The Christmas Village in exchange for an honest review. I was reluctant to start this one. Not because I didn't think that I would enjoy it (I did- it was marvelous), but because I've had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Between the forced proximity, Merriest Lawn Contest, Christmas tree shopping, and Christmas Crankster however- I've started to come around. Annie touches on grief- and stress surrounding the holidays as well (which was greatly appreciated). This was such a sweet read. If you're in the market for a second chance romance this holiday season- I couldn't recommend The Christmas Village enough! ❤️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    As the weather continues to cool down, this holiday read by Annie Rains was a good fit to binge in my current mood. It spans Autumn into New Years Day so it feels completely appropriate. Lucy and Jonah were childhood sweethearts and from opposite sides of the track. Lucy has been back in town following college to take care of her ailing mother. Facing the holidays alone and a never-ending pile of bills makes renting out her garage apartment an easy choice. With Jonah as the only one interested, t As the weather continues to cool down, this holiday read by Annie Rains was a good fit to binge in my current mood. It spans Autumn into New Years Day so it feels completely appropriate. Lucy and Jonah were childhood sweethearts and from opposite sides of the track. Lucy has been back in town following college to take care of her ailing mother. Facing the holidays alone and a never-ending pile of bills makes renting out her garage apartment an easy choice. With Jonah as the only one interested, they decide on a mutually beneficial living arrangement and a handful of rules that are promptly broken. This second chance romance is sweet and set in a quaint small town. The supporting cast of friends was great. Thanks to Forever and NetGalley for the advanced copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    This was a really sweet second chance Christmas romance! Annie Rains just has a way with small town romances that sweeps away all of my problems. I would really love to see this particular one as a Hallmark Christmas movie. The hero does a great grovel to our heroine, trying to make up for the past, and having it all wrapped up in a Christmas setting just added to its charm. If you love Christmas romances, this is one you shouldn't pass on. This was a really sweet second chance Christmas romance! Annie Rains just has a way with small town romances that sweeps away all of my problems. I would really love to see this particular one as a Hallmark Christmas movie. The hero does a great grovel to our heroine, trying to make up for the past, and having it all wrapped up in a Christmas setting just added to its charm. If you love Christmas romances, this is one you shouldn't pass on.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan Clemons {kymamareads}

    The Christmas Village needs to be a Hallmark movie ASAP! There are old flames, second chances, and the joys of Christmas! What more could you want?! Thank you so much to the publishers for my arc in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Dombrowski

    Really enjoyed another visit to Somerset Lake....I look forward to reading about the group of friends, Moira, Tess, and Della

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ariel | swirlofspice

    This was just a straight up Hallmark movie, and I’m not mad at it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I got this book as a free giveaway from Goodreads. It was like reading a hallmark movie..which I love. Kept me up late at night to finish it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    momssanity

    First things first, this book is PERFECT! I mean that with every Christmas fiber of my being…I would change absolutely nothing about this novel. The Christmas Village by Annie Rains is dripping with Christmas nostalgia. From delivering food baskets to those in need, to the outdoor Christmas display contest, to a community coming together for each other -you just can’t beat it. * Lucy has inherited her late mother’s famous pink house in the village and it came with a lot of unexpected bills. An une First things first, this book is PERFECT! I mean that with every Christmas fiber of my being…I would change absolutely nothing about this novel. The Christmas Village by Annie Rains is dripping with Christmas nostalgia. From delivering food baskets to those in need, to the outdoor Christmas display contest, to a community coming together for each other -you just can’t beat it. * Lucy has inherited her late mother’s famous pink house in the village and it came with a lot of unexpected bills. An unexpected early morning visitor has Deputy Miles Bruno at Lucy’s door. Miles is well loved in the community buuuuut he’s also Lucy’s ex-fiancée. 😬 Will these two be able to set the last 10 years aside and rekindle an old flame? Will they be able to catch the neighborhood Scrooge before everyone’s decorations go missing? * I can’t express my love for this book enough. I’m going to need you to all buy or borrow a copy and then discuss it with me because it’s, again, perfection. Ok. Go. Now. 🏃🏻‍♀️🎄 * @annierains -what a joy you brought to my world. My Christmas heart is so full. Thank you. ❤️

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    A typical Annie Rains small town romance. Second of the series but can be read as a stand alone. Low spicy but plenty of character development and a cute story. A quick cute read. Nice for the holiday cheer.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for writing a review** (view spoiler)[I'm usually a sucker for a good Christmas romance, this book wasn't it for me. I found reading it to be a drag, and could only get through a couple of pages at a time before I put it down then had to force myself to pick it back up. Neither of the main characters were interesting enough for me to care about what happened to them. In fact, the most compelling character in the book is deceased for its e **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for writing a review** (view spoiler)[I'm usually a sucker for a good Christmas romance, this book wasn't it for me. I found reading it to be a drag, and could only get through a couple of pages at a time before I put it down then had to force myself to pick it back up. Neither of the main characters were interesting enough for me to care about what happened to them. In fact, the most compelling character in the book is deceased for its entirety. The pacing of the romance was off. The two main characters spend most of the book denying that they still have feelings for each other after twelve years apart, then suddenly get back together more than halfway through the book and are engaged by the end. There was too much exposition of other characters that added nothing to the story, including a side plot that was resolved in a painfully disappointing way. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Sometimes first love deserves a second chance at forever. In Annie Rains's new holiday romance, Lucy and Miles receive just that. The Christmas Village is a sweet, heart-achingly beautiful tale of two people falling in love for a second time. It’s been one year since Lucy Hannigan’s mother passed away, and with the holiday season looming and her mother’s debts almost paid off, I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Sometimes first love deserves a second chance at forever. In Annie Rains's new holiday romance, Lucy and Miles receive just that. The Christmas Village is a sweet, heart-achingly beautiful tale of two people falling in love for a second time. It’s been one year since Lucy Hannigan’s mother passed away, and with the holiday season looming and her mother’s debts almost paid off, Lucy is feeling both lighter and sadder than she’s been. The absence of her mother at the holiday season when it happened to be something she loved haunts Lucy. She wants to skip the entire season and stay locked away in her home. However, with the news that she is 12 months behind on her HOA payments, something she didn’t know about when she inherited her childhood home, Lucy is also looking for a way to earn a little extra cash and keep her home. Rains does a wonderful job of portraying grief through Lucy. I ached for her. There are days where she thinks she has moved past her grief and can be happy, and then a reminder of her mother sends her spiraling again. I loved Lucy. She has a job she loves, friends who love her back, but she is lonely in the big house her mother left her. All of her family is gone, and the man she thought was her forever isn’t around either. It’s just her and Bella, her mother’s dog who I also love. Miles Bruno is a deputy at the Somerset Sheriff’s department, and the man responsible for breaking Lucy’s heart all those years ago. It’s clear from his first few pages that he is still in love with Lucy which begs the question of why he broke off their engagement to begin with. This man is by no means perfect, but I think that adds to his charm. He quickly won me over. When his landlord forces him out of his home, Miles is left with two options: move in with his mom or rent the garage apartment from Lucy. I loved reading their relationship unfold. Their chemistry and banter drive the story, and I couldn’t wait to read more of their interactions. Miles wants to help Lucy keep her home so he offers to help her win the “Merriest Lawn” contest. The decorating and being in close proximity spark new and old feelings alike, and the two will be forced to confront their past if they are to have a future. Overall I really enjoyed The Christmas Village. This is the second book in Annie Rains's series Somerset Lake. Each book is a standalone and can be read in any order. I haven’t read book one yet, but I love the little town she’s set in coastal North Carolina so I will be reading it soon 😉 If you enjoy sweet holiday romance, I highly recommend it!

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