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After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Ch After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth. During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who's on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone's family's clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more. For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.


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After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Ch After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth. During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who's on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone's family's clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more. For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.

30 review for A Christmas in the Alps

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I love Carlson's books and read then every year. They are one of the Christmas books that I look forward to. This year I was not disappointed one bit. I loved every page I read. I loved sweet humble Simone and Kyle was the icing on the cake. You are going to love how this turns out I am a sucker for a great unexpected romance, I could not turn the pages fast enough. I had to know if the clock factory would make it. I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star two times Christmas read. The Mary Reader received thi I love Carlson's books and read then every year. They are one of the Christmas books that I look forward to. This year I was not disappointed one bit. I loved every page I read. I loved sweet humble Simone and Kyle was the icing on the cake. You are going to love how this turns out I am a sucker for a great unexpected romance, I could not turn the pages fast enough. I had to know if the clock factory would make it. I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star two times Christmas read. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    I've made it a tradition every year to read Melody Carlson's annual Christmas novella. This year was one of her best ones yet with this enchanting holiday tale set mostly in The French Alps. Carlson is a gifted writer who never fails to draw this reader in from the first chapter. In this book I was so wrapped up in the story it was as though I was on that plane with Simone on my way to Paris. I felt the anticipation of spending Christmas in Paris and then in the French Alps! How wonderful to mak I've made it a tradition every year to read Melody Carlson's annual Christmas novella. This year was one of her best ones yet with this enchanting holiday tale set mostly in The French Alps. Carlson is a gifted writer who never fails to draw this reader in from the first chapter. In this book I was so wrapped up in the story it was as though I was on that plane with Simone on my way to Paris. I felt the anticipation of spending Christmas in Paris and then in the French Alps! How wonderful to make this trip while sitting in my recliner. The story was filled with old world charm, romance and the spirit of Christmas. The book is a fast and engaging read that I didn't want to put down. It deserves more than five stars. While packing up and preparing her late Grandmothers house to be listed for sale, Simone and her friend Andrea find a letter that had never been opened. It was from Simone's Great Grandmother and her namesake and it was addressed to her. The letter had been sent about three years ago and her great grandmother had since died. In the letter the 95 year old French lady had asked Simone to go to Avre in the French Alps to find a treasure the Great Grandmother had left hidden there during the war years. Was her Great Grandmother of sound mind and if so would the treasure still be there? Simone is terrified of flying. Just the thought of it sends her into a panic attack. Her friend Andrea talks her into going against her better judgement. The trip is planned and the day arrives for her departure. The trip isn't going well until Simone meets a nice young man who talks to her and calms her down. Later after a lay over in Iceland the man takes another plane to Norway. Simone is able to go on with her flight to Paris thanks to the kindness of a stranger. The story doesn't stop here and readers are left to wonder if the two will meet up again and Simone hopes to be able to find her Great Grandmother's treasure and maybe some French cousins she never knew she had. I recommend this book to readers of contemporary romance and fans of Melody Carlson. It's a very good Christmas book that you will want to make a part of your holiday reading. This book is scheduled to be released on September the seventh of this year. I received an Arc of this book from the Author and Publisher through Netgalley. A favorable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here in this review are my own. #A Christmas in the Alps#Netgalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson is a sweet Christmas novella, that takes the reader to a gorgeous town in the snowy French Alps. It’s a quick read, with enough depth of characters to make this a very satisfying holiday read. Simone Winthrop has just lost her grandmother and is cleaning out her grandmother’s home when she discovers a letter from her Great Grandmother, also named Simone. Her great grandmother’s letter tells her to go to her hometown in the french alps to collect the trea A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson is a sweet Christmas novella, that takes the reader to a gorgeous town in the snowy French Alps. It’s a quick read, with enough depth of characters to make this a very satisfying holiday read. Simone Winthrop has just lost her grandmother and is cleaning out her grandmother’s home when she discovers a letter from her Great Grandmother, also named Simone. Her great grandmother’s letter tells her to go to her hometown in the french alps to collect the treasure that she left behind after leaving hastily. Simone’s great-grandmother had rescued an American navigator who had bailed out of a plane and landed near their home in France, and after he received from his injuries, they fell in love and he brought her back to America to make a life together. Simone doesn’t really believe there is a treasure left for her. But, her friend convinces her to sell her Grandmother’s home and go to France to check out the claim of the treasure. Simone reluctantly agrees, even though she is very afraid of flying. On the plane, she meets Kyle Larsson, who is traveling to Europe also. Kyle helps Simone deal with her anxiety about flying and they hit it off on the long flight. I enjoyed the setting and the description of the small alpine town, and the watchmaking factory. I think this could have been a good dual timeline book, as the action in the past is just as emotional and exciting as the action in the present. Simone and Kyle were both sympathetic characters and their romance seemed real and not too rushed. I did wish for a longer, more detailed ending, but, it’s a novella, and there was not enough room for that. There are subtle references to Christianity and the characters’ beliefs, but it’s not overwhelming. I highly recommend this book to lovers of sweet romance and Christian romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    It truly wouldn't be the holidays without Melody Carlson's annual Christmas novella releasing. I read the newest one every year without fail. I loved this year's one. An emotional tale that has Simone Winthrop traveling to Paris at Christmas time. On the plane on the way over Kyle helps her get over her fear of flying . Lovely descriptions of a fabulous holiday time in Paris and the French Alps. Family secrets are uncovered in this sweet and emotional book and mysteries are solved. I was holding my bre It truly wouldn't be the holidays without Melody Carlson's annual Christmas novella releasing. I read the newest one every year without fail. I loved this year's one. An emotional tale that has Simone Winthrop traveling to Paris at Christmas time. On the plane on the way over Kyle helps her get over her fear of flying . Lovely descriptions of a fabulous holiday time in Paris and the French Alps. Family secrets are uncovered in this sweet and emotional book and mysteries are solved. I was holding my breath to see how things would turn out with family's clock factory . Warm holiday novella perfect for reading during the busyness of the holidays. Pub Date 07 Sep 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    A traditional Christmas tale by Melody Carlson and one I've come to love. This is my favorite Christmas book yet. I loved my " trip" to Paris. I didn't want to leave. Maybe I can go for real someday. This book is short and sweet. It is a fun read. Carlson has a unique way of drawing her readers into the book and loving every minute of it. I really enjoy her stories. I will look forward to the next one. Highly recommended My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive r A traditional Christmas tale by Melody Carlson and one I've come to love. This is my favorite Christmas book yet. I loved my " trip" to Paris. I didn't want to leave. Maybe I can go for real someday. This book is short and sweet. It is a fun read. Carlson has a unique way of drawing her readers into the book and loving every minute of it. I really enjoy her stories. I will look forward to the next one. Highly recommended My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I look forward to reading Melody Carlson’s annual Christmas story every fall. This year she has given us A Christmas in the Alps which takes readers to the French Alps. Simone Winthrop just lost her Grandma Betty, and she is busy clearing out her cluttered home. She comes across a letter written to her by her great-grandmother and namesake who has since passed away. Simone is told in the letter that there is a treasure her namesake left behind in Avre when she departed France in the 1940s with t I look forward to reading Melody Carlson’s annual Christmas story every fall. This year she has given us A Christmas in the Alps which takes readers to the French Alps. Simone Winthrop just lost her Grandma Betty, and she is busy clearing out her cluttered home. She comes across a letter written to her by her great-grandmother and namesake who has since passed away. Simone is told in the letter that there is a treasure her namesake left behind in Avre when she departed France in the 1940s with the American airman who would become her husband. Her great-grandmother wants Simone to have to the treasure, but she does not provide further details. Simone’s best friend, Andrea convinces her go on the adventure to France. I got to take the journey with Simone to Paris and then Avre. France in December sounds enchanting especially the Christmas markets. I found A Christmas in the Alps to be well-written with steady pacing. This is a short but engaging tale. Simone meets Kyle on the plane and finds herself attracted to him. Unfortunately, Simone fails to get his last name or number before Kyle rushes to catch his flight to Oslo. We wonder if they will meet again. The romance is sweet and plays out slowly. I enjoyed the descriptions of Avre and the factory that makes watches and clocks. The village has an old-world charm that is magical especially at Christmas. Simone gets a chance to search for family and the treasure. There is a light Christian element that emphasizes the importance of prayer and leaving our troubles with in God’s hands. A Christmas in the Alps is a story about family and forgiveness. You do not want to wait until it is too late because then you may never get that chance to make amends with someone important. This is a lovely novella, but I found it lacking the humor and magic of Melody Carlson’s earlier Christmas stories. It is a sweet Christmas tale, but I just wanted a little more. A Christmas in the Alps is a cheery Christmas novella with a lost letter, a furtive treasure, a petrifying plane ride, a charismatic seat companion, charming Christmas markets, secret searches, striking clocks, and an astonishing answer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Melody Carlson has been on my author radar since I read the very first book by her. She has a way of making you become emotionally invested in all of her characters and soon you find yourself cheering them on and praying they find their happily ever after. Melody creates characters that pull you right in and never let you go, even after the last page is read. The way Melody writes, puts you right in the middle of their story, leaving you feeling like you truly know the characters and feeling exa Melody Carlson has been on my author radar since I read the very first book by her. She has a way of making you become emotionally invested in all of her characters and soon you find yourself cheering them on and praying they find their happily ever after. Melody creates characters that pull you right in and never let you go, even after the last page is read. The way Melody writes, puts you right in the middle of their story, leaving you feeling like you truly know the characters and feeling exactly what they are going through. I love when an author can do that to me. If you love a romantic holiday story then you have to give A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS a go. You won’t be sorry and your heart will be warmer because of it. I started A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS one afternoon and couldn’t stop reading until the very last page. I want to get out my tree and decorations now and set it up and it’s only October. I have always enjoyed Melody Carlson’s stories and this one does not disappoint. Melody’s stories always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy inside with a huge smile on my face. As I was reading, I felt like I was right there with Kyle and Simone spreading Christmas cheer. Simone has a huge heart and just wants to have a happy Christmas. It is now a tradition every year to read Melody Carlson’s annual Christmas novella. A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS is one of her best stories so far with this heart warming holiday tale set mostly in The French Alps. Melody Carlson has a gift for telling uplifting and inspirational stories and she knows exactly how to get the reader in the holiday spirit. I can totally see A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS becoming a Hallmark Christmas movie that I would love to watch. Melody Carlson always puts me on an emotional roller coaster and A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS is exactly why! Now the only thing I’m sad about is, I just finished her latest book and now I have to wait for the next one! Melody has been one of my top authors from the very first book of hers that I had the pleasure of reading and when you read A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS you will know exactly why. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My thoughts: Melody Carlson is an avid writer in almost all genres but what I really look forward to each year is her annual Christmas book. This one takes a grieving granddaughter away from the only home she's ever known to a foreign land where she doesn't even know the language in search of a treasure. What is the treasure? I had my suspicions but I was partly wrong and partly right. The heroine was sweet and naive, opening up to complete strangers and telling everything she knows which kind o My thoughts: Melody Carlson is an avid writer in almost all genres but what I really look forward to each year is her annual Christmas book. This one takes a grieving granddaughter away from the only home she's ever known to a foreign land where she doesn't even know the language in search of a treasure. What is the treasure? I had my suspicions but I was partly wrong and partly right. The heroine was sweet and naive, opening up to complete strangers and telling everything she knows which kind of made her unwelcome in some circles and welcomed in others. I loved the way the story came together and I loved the ending and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Jager

    I will freely admit I am not a huge fan of Christmas novellas. But Melody Carlson are just a delight to read. It put you in the mood to spend the holidays surrounded by family and friends. Preferable in a lovely cabin with loads of snow on the ground and a fire crackling in the fireplace. Simone is in search of a treasure left behind when her grandparents left France after WWII. She doesn't know what she is looking for. Cozy, with a sweet little love story to go along with a treasure hunt, Carls I will freely admit I am not a huge fan of Christmas novellas. But Melody Carlson are just a delight to read. It put you in the mood to spend the holidays surrounded by family and friends. Preferable in a lovely cabin with loads of snow on the ground and a fire crackling in the fireplace. Simone is in search of a treasure left behind when her grandparents left France after WWII. She doesn't know what she is looking for. Cozy, with a sweet little love story to go along with a treasure hunt, Carlson once again reminds us all why her Christmas books have become a Christmas tradition with so many.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Simone Winthrop was busy cleaning out her grandmother's house with the help of her best friend, Andrea. Together they discovered a lost letter to Simone from her French Great Grandmother that suggests that Simone is heir to a "treasure." Despite Simone's fear of flying, Andrea manages to encourage her to fly to France and discovering whether there is any truth to the letter. A Christmas in the Alps was an enjoyable read for me. I liked that this short novella held both a mystery and romance. I e Simone Winthrop was busy cleaning out her grandmother's house with the help of her best friend, Andrea. Together they discovered a lost letter to Simone from her French Great Grandmother that suggests that Simone is heir to a "treasure." Despite Simone's fear of flying, Andrea manages to encourage her to fly to France and discovering whether there is any truth to the letter. A Christmas in the Alps was an enjoyable read for me. I liked that this short novella held both a mystery and romance. I enjoyed each of the characters too. Simone seems real but fun and likeable. Kyle also seems like a great guy. There was humor at times and I enjoyed their chemistry. I also thought it was fun to have the book set in France at Christmas time. A Christmas in the Alps was just a sweet read with a mystery that took a bit to unravel in the short book. There isn't a lot of spiritual content to this book but it is a good clean read with a happy ending. I thoroughly enjoyed A Christmas in the Alps and had a hard time putting it down until the mystery had been unraveled and the happy ending was reached. One reason I like a Christmas novella is for the "feel good" factor and I thought this one had it in spades I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    Melody Carlson Christmas books are always short and sweet, with minimal conflict or drama. A Christmas in the Alps is the story of a young girl who decides to sell her grandmother's house and use the money to travel to the French Alps to look for treasure. After her grandmother's death, Simone Winthrop realizes she has no family left, she can have a fresh start. While she's cleaning out the house her grandmother left her, Simone's best friend discovers an un-opened letter to Simone from her grea Melody Carlson Christmas books are always short and sweet, with minimal conflict or drama. A Christmas in the Alps is the story of a young girl who decides to sell her grandmother's house and use the money to travel to the French Alps to look for treasure. After her grandmother's death, Simone Winthrop realizes she has no family left, she can have a fresh start. While she's cleaning out the house her grandmother left her, Simone's best friend discovers an un-opened letter to Simone from her great-grandmother. In it she mentions treasure and her hometown in the Alps. With nothing holding her back and at her friend's extreme encouragement, Simone takes a leap of faith and decides to spend Christmas in the Alps. What she doesn't expect to find is family, romance, and a new take on life - but her great grandmother really delivers on the "treasure" that can be found if one is really looking for it. Very sweet, would make a good Hallmark Christmas movie.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Beloved author Melody Carlson is known for her heartwarming, heart-tugging holiday tales. With their captivating characters, compelling story lines, and underlying element of abiding faith, her seasonal stories are not to be missed. "A Christmas in the Alps" is the story of a young woman's journey outside her own personal boundaries and how the truths she finds and the discoveries she makes will bring the past into the present and clear the way for the future to come. After the death of her gran Beloved author Melody Carlson is known for her heartwarming, heart-tugging holiday tales. With their captivating characters, compelling story lines, and underlying element of abiding faith, her seasonal stories are not to be missed. "A Christmas in the Alps" is the story of a young woman's journey outside her own personal boundaries and how the truths she finds and the discoveries she makes will bring the past into the present and clear the way for the future to come. After the death of her grandmother, Simone Winthrop finds a letter addressed to her from her French great-grandmother, who was also named Simone. The long unseen letter had never been opened, and Simone is stunned by its contents. According to the letter, Simone has inherited a treasure, but she must travel to France to claim it. Despite her fear of flying, Simone is encouraged by her best friend to take a leap of faith and claim the treasure. Simone is quite discomfited on the flight--until a nice young passenger, Kyle Larsson, calms her and makes the time pass in a pleasant manner. Kyle is on his way to Europe to become an apprentice clockmaker. They part ways at the airport, but have an unexpected reunion at the clock factory owned by Simone's family. This is a sweet, charming, holiday love story where the true meaning of "treasure" is love of family and friends, spiritual faith, and care for one's fellow man. The descriptions of holiday celebrations in other cultures are like a happy travelogue, and are especially uplifting to those of us facing travel restrictions. Review Copy Gratis Revell Books

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds

    *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed* I’ve previously read three of Melody Carlson’s Christmas books, and loved all of them, but this one just didn’t quite live up to those others for me. While cleaning out her deceased grandmother’s home, Simone finds a letter addressed to her, from her great-grandmother, who shared her name. The letter tells Simone that her great-grandmother left a treasure behind when she fled France, and beseeches Simone to retrieve it, but does not say what *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed* I’ve previously read three of Melody Carlson’s Christmas books, and loved all of them, but this one just didn’t quite live up to those others for me. While cleaning out her deceased grandmother’s home, Simone finds a letter addressed to her, from her great-grandmother, who shared her name. The letter tells Simone that her great-grandmother left a treasure behind when she fled France, and beseeches Simone to retrieve it, but does not say what the treasure is. After some pushing from her best friend, Simone, who is terrified of flying, finds herself on a plane to France. I did enjoy the first part of the book. Kyle is Simone’s seatmate on the plane, and when she starts to have a panic attack he talks her down and helps her get over the worst of it. I liked Simone and Kyle well enough, though I didn’t really feel any chemistry between them. I loved their conversations and how thoughtful Kyle was, and when Simone learned that they had different destinations and would be parting company at a layover, I was just as disappointed as she was. But they make tentative plans to meet again in Paris, and Simone continues her journey alone. Once Simone arrives in Avre, the little town where her great-grand-mother grew up, I became less enchanted. I think a part of that was due to the fact that Simone was not very fluent in French, and from that point on there was much less actual dialogue. Instead, it was the author telling us that, for instance, Tante Estelle spoke very rapidly in French, too fast for Simone to follow along, and then Noel, who was acting as an interpreter for her, explained to her that the older woman said this or that. It was just narration. Speaking of Noel, I really liked him. He and his mother owned the inn where Simone was staying. He obviously had a little crush on Simone, and went out of his way to help her get around and meet people and interpret for her when she was unable to keep up with a conversation. I knew from the synopsis that Kyle was the male protagonist, but I wouldn’t have minded at all if Simone had fallen for Noel instead. Unfortunately, the story just lagged a bit for me from that point on. I enjoyed the scenes where Simone was just spending time with Noel or Kyle, but her search for the unknown treasure and her interactions with her French relatives weren’t as engaging to me. Despite that, I did still love the author’s writing, and her descriptions of Paris through Simone’s eyes, and of the little town of Avre and the home where Simone’s great-aunt still lived. And I’m still keeping an eye out for books from the author’s backlist and looking forward to more of her Christmas novels.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Can you believe it's less than 3 months until Christmas? It's hard to imagine there will be Christmas lights,decorations and the days will grow shorter soon. I am a huge fan of Christmas novellas and Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson is a great one. Simone finds a letter from her great grandmother after her grandmother has passed about a treasure in Avre, France. Kyle wants a second career in watchmaking and meets Simone on the plane to Europe. I loved their natural chemistry, and delightf Can you believe it's less than 3 months until Christmas? It's hard to imagine there will be Christmas lights,decorations and the days will grow shorter soon. I am a huge fan of Christmas novellas and Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson is a great one. Simone finds a letter from her great grandmother after her grandmother has passed about a treasure in Avre, France. Kyle wants a second career in watchmaking and meets Simone on the plane to Europe. I loved their natural chemistry, and delightful dialogue. This has all the makings of a great Christmas story where friendship and family are celebrated and people work through challenges in time for Christmas. The author paints beautiful word pictures describing France at Christmas. I felt snow on my face and saw the sparkly Christmas lights as I read this delightful story. This sweet story has a mystery, a hidden treasure, romance and a happily ever after. This beautiful hardcover book is one you would like to add to your collection or gift a friend for Christmas. I recommend it. I was given a copy through the publisher and not required to write a positive review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    Oh, my goodness! After reading A Christmas in the Alps, I have the strong urge to go out and purchase all of Melody Carlson’s other Christmas novels and novellas! Carlson recounts an amazing story of finding family and restoring relationships long ago damaged and severed. All set against a backdrop of a young woman seeing Paris for the first time, then staying in a lovely chateau-hotel in a quaint village in the Alps. I felt like I was traveling along with Simone, suffering through the trans-Atl Oh, my goodness! After reading A Christmas in the Alps, I have the strong urge to go out and purchase all of Melody Carlson’s other Christmas novels and novellas! Carlson recounts an amazing story of finding family and restoring relationships long ago damaged and severed. All set against a backdrop of a young woman seeing Paris for the first time, then staying in a lovely chateau-hotel in a quaint village in the Alps. I felt like I was traveling along with Simone, suffering through the trans-Atlantic flight, seeing the beautiful sights, stumbling through awkward attempts at communicating in French. If you love Hallmark movies, you will love this novel that begs to be its own movie. Several love triangles make for romantic tension and swoon-worthy reading. Team Kyle or Team Noel? Team Sylvie or Team Simone? How will the love triangles affect the loyalties and action and other relationships in this beautiful story? *Sigh.* I don’t reread books. But I just may have to make an exception! I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "A Christmas in the Alps" is a romance novella. Simone had a safe, dull life until the last of her family died. Her best friend pushed her to go look for her French extended family (and a vague "treasure"). She ended up with two men interested in her (both were extremely kind), the treasure of family, and a new home and job. My two problems: who would tell someone to go to a city to find a physical object which is their inheritance without telling them what it is and where to find it? The story "A Christmas in the Alps" is a romance novella. Simone had a safe, dull life until the last of her family died. Her best friend pushed her to go look for her French extended family (and a vague "treasure"). She ended up with two men interested in her (both were extremely kind), the treasure of family, and a new home and job. My two problems: who would tell someone to go to a city to find a physical object which is their inheritance without telling them what it is and where to find it? The story would have worked even if she had this information. Also, Simone was initially a play-it-safe person who had trouble even spending money on a new wardrobe, then suddenly she's making impulsive decisions that involve spending a lot of money and huge changes in her life. If those points don't bother you, then it's a fast, sweet romance were difficulties melt away faster than the snow and everyone has a happy ending. Simone had to forgive someone for a wrong done to her. There was no sex or bad language. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas are a yearly tradition for me. I always enjoy her new Christmas read each year. This year's release is my favorite yet. As someone who loves all things France, this story was right up my France alley. I was charmed by this story about Simone who is looking for answers to her Great Grandmother's history. The settings in this story are beautiful and make me desperately want to visit. The story itself was sweet and one I really enjoyed. Great read to put you in t Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas are a yearly tradition for me. I always enjoy her new Christmas read each year. This year's release is my favorite yet. As someone who loves all things France, this story was right up my France alley. I was charmed by this story about Simone who is looking for answers to her Great Grandmother's history. The settings in this story are beautiful and make me desperately want to visit. The story itself was sweet and one I really enjoyed. Great read to put you in the Christmas spirit! I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    A Christmas In The Alps by Melody Carlson is a most delightful contemporary Christian festive read. Every year Melody Carlson releases a new Christmas book which I eagerly look forward to and greedily devour. The setting of Paris followed by the snow-covered Alps warms the reader’s soul. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and perfectly complemented by the crisp cold air outside. Melody Carlson has captured the essence of Christmas in a book. A character is searching for her inheritance and her h A Christmas In The Alps by Melody Carlson is a most delightful contemporary Christian festive read. Every year Melody Carlson releases a new Christmas book which I eagerly look forward to and greedily devour. The setting of Paris followed by the snow-covered Alps warms the reader’s soul. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and perfectly complemented by the crisp cold air outside. Melody Carlson has captured the essence of Christmas in a book. A character is searching for her inheritance and her history. She discovers that riches turn up in the most unexpected places. As she relentlessly searches, the reader is reminded that God passionately pursues us as He longs to bring us home. Family rifts and feuds need putting to bed. Life is too short to live with self-erected barriers between us. Once again Melody Carlson has produced a wonderful festive offering. I love her annual book release that is full of warmth and love. I will leave you with my favourite quote: “What helps me most when I am anxious… It’s prayer. I find that when I hand these troubles over to God, I start to relax. I trust Him for the outcome.” I received a free copy via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mullins

    This was a short, sweet Christmas novella. The characters were likable and relatable. I enjoyed the setting and the family story of why Simone was in the French Alps. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    3.5 I always look forward to Melody Carlson’s Christmas books. It’s sort of a tradition for me and I really enjoy them so much. This one fit the bill nicely. Recommended. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    Melody Carlson is one of my many favorite authors, I always get excited when her new books come out. A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson is a Christmas novella about forgiveness, mending with family, past secrets, and coming to terms with family you never knew you had. I absolutely adored this short Christmas read, that's why it's an easy 5 star book for me!! A Christmas in the Alps takes place in France, there were some French writing in this novella that I didn't quite understand, but ot Melody Carlson is one of my many favorite authors, I always get excited when her new books come out. A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson is a Christmas novella about forgiveness, mending with family, past secrets, and coming to terms with family you never knew you had. I absolutely adored this short Christmas read, that's why it's an easy 5 star book for me!! A Christmas in the Alps takes place in France, there were some French writing in this novella that I didn't quite understand, but other than that I loved this story!! It pulled me in from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down, I love books that make me feel that way. Simone Winthrop has just lost her grandmother and is cleaning out her house when she discovers a letter from her great grandmother who is also named Simone Sophia, which has never been opened before telling Simone that she needs to to the French Alps to discover a hidden treasure. Simone things nothing of it and thinks its a crazy idea, and that her great grandmother wrote it because she was suffering from Alzheimer's. Simone is cleaning out her grandmothers house with her best friend Andrea. Andrea encourages Simone to go on this trip to find the hidden treasure, but Andrea doesn't know that Simone has a fear of flying because Simone's grandfather's plane was shot down. Simone finally agrees to go, during the plane ride she meets charming Kyle Larsson, where she leans that Kyle is a clock maker. Simone starts freaking out when the plane takes off but Kyle calms her down. Kyle seems like such a sweet person, and Simone seems so humble, but my heart broke for her when she learns of all this news. All I can say is pick up this sweet story and a cozy blanket and just start reading because you will NOT want to put it down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Wise

    ** “I’ll tell you what helps me most when I’m anxious or afraid. … It’s prayer. I find that when I hand these troubles over to God, I start to relax. I trust him for the outcome, and I’ve never been let down.” ** Melody Carlson once again delivers a delightful holiday-themed novella with “A Christmas in the Alps,” a story about forgiveness, love and finding one’s true treasure. When Simone Winthrop stumbles across a letter from her great-grandmother, also named Simone, encouraging her to return to ** “I’ll tell you what helps me most when I’m anxious or afraid. … It’s prayer. I find that when I hand these troubles over to God, I start to relax. I trust him for the outcome, and I’ve never been let down.” ** Melody Carlson once again delivers a delightful holiday-themed novella with “A Christmas in the Alps,” a story about forgiveness, love and finding one’s true treasure. When Simone Winthrop stumbles across a letter from her great-grandmother, also named Simone, encouraging her to return to the family’s home in the French Alps to find a treasure the elder Simone left there, she hesitantly agrees to travel to France in search of her heritage and family roots. Deathly afraid of flying, Simone is relieved when she finds herself next to a friendly seat companion — a man named Kyle who’s on a quest of his own to learn about clockmaking and find his own journey in life. But when Simone finds herself not so warmly welcomed by her French family’s matriarch, she begins to question herself, all while wondering if her path will ever cross again with Kyle’s. What follows is a sweet, romantic story filled with holiday cheer. Carlson always does a great job of creating a world that feels warm and comfy, filling it with lovable characters who still are flawed and relatable. “A Christmas in the Alps” also contains a few good themes, like evaluating one’s true treasures; finding forgiveness; overcoming secrets; and giving our troubles to God. One disclaimer: there is alcohol use in this story. Five stars out of five. Revell provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    A mysterious letter from Simone's late great-grandmother seems to suggest that Simone has inherited a family treasure over in France. To discover whether or not it's true, Simone takes a trip to Paris in A Christmas in the Alps by author Melody Carlson. I've enjoyed a handful of this ChristFic author's Christmas novellas so far. I almost wish this one could have been a split-timeline story to make the family history more vivid. While this tale starts off with some redundancy and spends too much ti A mysterious letter from Simone's late great-grandmother seems to suggest that Simone has inherited a family treasure over in France. To discover whether or not it's true, Simone takes a trip to Paris in A Christmas in the Alps by author Melody Carlson. I've enjoyed a handful of this ChristFic author's Christmas novellas so far. I almost wish this one could have been a split-timeline story to make the family history more vivid. While this tale starts off with some redundancy and spends too much time on an early matter that isn't necessary to the plot, the book becomes more interesting once Simone makes it to her destination. It's ultimately the plot that gives this Christmas story its strength. Plus, it does indeed remember it's a Christmastime tale, with festive and sparkling depictions of the holiday season in the City of Light. Now, the story's style is simplistic at times, and I never found the narrator's exclamation points to be necessary. There's also some last-minute melodrama that leads to a speedy wrap-up, and the Happily-Ever-After ending becomes excessive with its repetitive descriptions about the "happy" characters living on "happily" in their "happy" circumstances. On an even more technical note, my editor's side would have cut down on the number of sentences that begin with "And" and "But"—by at least half. Nevertheless, this short and sweet read with a thread of family mystery delivers the kind of warm and wholesome holiday story that many readers will find uplifting. ________ Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Thanks to LibraryThing and Revell for an advance reader copy. All comments and opinions are my own. This was a short and sweet Christmas-time novella that is just right for reading during the holidays or anytime you want to be transported to the French Alps during the winter season. I liked Simone Winthrop right from the start, even though she was afraid of flying and because of her fear had to be convinced into taking a trip to France. (Who doesn't want to go to France?)! The story begins when S Thanks to LibraryThing and Revell for an advance reader copy. All comments and opinions are my own. This was a short and sweet Christmas-time novella that is just right for reading during the holidays or anytime you want to be transported to the French Alps during the winter season. I liked Simone Winthrop right from the start, even though she was afraid of flying and because of her fear had to be convinced into taking a trip to France. (Who doesn't want to go to France?)! The story begins when Simone and her best friend Andrea discover a three-year-old unopened letter addressed to Simone and written by her French great-grandmother. It urges Simone to travel to the French Alps to visit her family (of whom Simone was unaware) and hints at a treasure that has been left for her there. Despite her fear Simone finds herself on a plane, where she meets Kyle, an attractive and friendly young man who encourages her in dealing with her flying anxiety. The rest of the novella takes place in France with many delicious dinners, tea and treats, snow and twinkling Christmas lights. Will she be able to locate her French family members? Will she discover the treasure promised her by her great-grandmother? Will she reconnect with Kyle? While reading I advise you to reserve your critical thinking and just enjoy the story, because there are many coincidences that could have been addressed more realistically if this was a full-length novel. This was my first book by Melody Carlson, but apparently many in-the-know readers look forward to her annual Christmas novellas.

  25. 5 out of 5

    teatunesandtales

    Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson could not have been more picturesque, with its intricately woven story involving grief, new love, lost love, family secrets, clockmaking (yes, clockmaking) and forgotten treasure…all set in the breathtaking French Alps. I am not sure how she packed in everything that she did in this short novella, but it contained all the best parts you would find in a charming Hallmark Christmas movie. Simone discovers the good and not-so-good that comes with family as sh Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson could not have been more picturesque, with its intricately woven story involving grief, new love, lost love, family secrets, clockmaking (yes, clockmaking) and forgotten treasure…all set in the breathtaking French Alps. I am not sure how she packed in everything that she did in this short novella, but it contained all the best parts you would find in a charming Hallmark Christmas movie. Simone discovers the good and not-so-good that comes with family as she goes in search of her great-grandmother’s family she had never known in France. Along the anxiety-ridden way, she meets a handsome stranger, Kyle, on a sojourning trip to say goodbye to his dearly departed father and pick up an apprenticeship as a clock/watchmaker. A whirlwind friendship begins between the two travelers who make plans to meet up in Paris. But sometimes plans don’t go exactly as planned. Sometimes for the better. As Simone finds herself in her great-grandmother’s hometown of Avre settled in the French Alps, she’s in for more than she bargained for during her first Christmas alone…for one is not truly alone when they make cherished friends along the way. A colorful cast of characters plays out the story of family reconciliation where a decades-long rift exists. This was an enjoyable read, and as some of Carlson’s other books have been made into Hallmark movies, I believe Christmas in the Alps would be a beautiful tale told through a film lens. Thank you Revell Books for sending me a copy of this book to read and review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    A Christmas in the Alps is the story of Simone Winthrop. Simone's beloved grandmother who raised her has passed away, and while going through her things she finds a mysterious letter from her great-grandmother. The letter suggests that there is treasure hidden in Avre, France, her hometown. Simone travels to France, meeting a handsome clockmaker on the plane trip, and begins the holiday season in France. She gets to know her long lost relatives and searches for the mysterious treasure. Of course A Christmas in the Alps is the story of Simone Winthrop. Simone's beloved grandmother who raised her has passed away, and while going through her things she finds a mysterious letter from her great-grandmother. The letter suggests that there is treasure hidden in Avre, France, her hometown. Simone travels to France, meeting a handsome clockmaker on the plane trip, and begins the holiday season in France. She gets to know her long lost relatives and searches for the mysterious treasure. Of course, she also has time for a little romance! I wanted to read A Christmas in the Alps because I always love Melody Carlson's Christmas novels. I have reviewed them for the past few years. I also was intrigued by the French setting (I love novels set in France) and the search for antique treasure. This was a delightful short novel from start to finish. Simone is a relatable protagonist who is searching for her place in the world after the loss of her grandmother, leaving her job, and breaking up with her boyfriend. She wants more out of life but isn't sure what that is yet. I absolutely loved the Avre, France setting, with the charming inn, the home of Simone's great aunt, and the historic old clock factory. The treasure hunt was especially intriguing. I was so curious to see what the treasure actually was! A Christmas in the Alps is a sweet, heartwarming book that would make a great Hallmark movie. I recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, relaxing weekend read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    Simone Winthrop has been a caregiver for many years. She and her friend were cleaning out the attic when her friend found an envelope addressed to Simone. It was from her French grandmother and her last wish was for Simone to travel to France and find the treasure. No more explanation was given as to what the treasure might be. Simone was not the type of person to just pack up her belongings and take chances. She had a fear of flying. Her best friend needed to really convince Simone to go during Simone Winthrop has been a caregiver for many years. She and her friend were cleaning out the attic when her friend found an envelope addressed to Simone. It was from her French grandmother and her last wish was for Simone to travel to France and find the treasure. No more explanation was given as to what the treasure might be. Simone was not the type of person to just pack up her belongings and take chances. She had a fear of flying. Her best friend needed to really convince Simone to go during Christmas. Simone met a kind man named Kyle Larsson on the airplane and he helped her overcome her flying fear. Also, Simone's best friend packed chocolates that had a mild sedative inside to calm Simone's nerves. Simone falls in love with the French Alps. I would like to take a trip as she did. It would be such a magical time to go and see the beautiful area. The author did a great job describing the scenery and the feel of the area. I liked this novella because Simone learned a lot about her ancestors' lives and she was like a rose as it blooms. The mystery behind the letter was solved and Simone found true love. This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Cataldi

    Simone is terribly afraid of flying and she’s never been on a plane her whole life. Nevertheless, when she finds out that her great-grandmother has left her a “treasure” in Avre, a village in the French Alps, she decides to fly for the first time in the attempt of finding her French relatives. It’s Christmas time and, after a flight in the company of fascinating clockmaker Kyle, Simone gets to enjoy the nice decorations and the snow in lovely Avre. Although her search for her family won’t be eas Simone is terribly afraid of flying and she’s never been on a plane her whole life. Nevertheless, when she finds out that her great-grandmother has left her a “treasure” in Avre, a village in the French Alps, she decides to fly for the first time in the attempt of finding her French relatives. It’s Christmas time and, after a flight in the company of fascinating clockmaker Kyle, Simone gets to enjoy the nice decorations and the snow in lovely Avre. Although her search for her family won’t be easy at all, it will be entirely worth it in the end. I really enjoyed this small, heartwarming book. I love Christmas novels, and I have a weak spot for all the books set in the mountains, so this story was definitely for me. I have read other Christmas stories by Melody Carlson, and I’ve always appreciated her simple (but not basic) prose, the good feelings which characterise it and a certain Christian vibe which is typical of Carlson’s fiction. This one would definitely make a very nice and cosy read for Christmastime. Recommended. •Thank you to #netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review•

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    A Christmas in the Alps - Melody Carlson I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and Revell and I am leaving this review voluntarily After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a A Christmas in the Alps - Melody Carlson I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and Revell and I am leaving this review voluntarily After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth. This is a sweet Christmas novella that allows the reader to escape to a beautifully described town in the French Alps. It is a quick, short read but is filled with just enough detail to make it a satisfying read. Such a delightful, heart-warming read, perfect to get you into the Christmas spirit. If you are short on time and just want a quick book to get you in the Holiday spirit then this is the book for you. Rating 4/5

  30. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    #BookReview: A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS by Melody Carlson (A Christmas Novella) 4 stars Do you like to fly? I do but Simone was scared of flying. She didn’t want to fly but her great-grandmama's letter brought her all the way to Avre, France. She was anxious most of the time. I was glad when Kyle came to her rescue. He was such a sweet guy but then I would also be wary since he was too good to be true. The description of Paris in the book brought back memories of our trip there. Her train ride to Avr #BookReview: A CHRISTMAS IN THE ALPS by Melody Carlson (A Christmas Novella) 4 stars Do you like to fly? I do but Simone was scared of flying. She didn’t want to fly but her great-grandmama's letter brought her all the way to Avre, France. She was anxious most of the time. I was glad when Kyle came to her rescue. He was such a sweet guy but then I would also be wary since he was too good to be true. The description of Paris in the book brought back memories of our trip there. Her train ride to Avre sounds wonderful as well. Avre was amazing with its picturesque views and quaint little shops. I’d love to visit there. If you like a sweet Christmas story of friendship, family, a little bit of romance, clockmaking and lots of snow, this one’s for you. I love how Simone found her treasure. Thank you @Revell and #netgalley for the complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

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