About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

No Ordinary Christmas (Mistletoe, Maine #1) by Belle Calhoune

No Ordinary Christmas (Mistletoe, Maine #1)


The quaint New England town of Mistletoe is thrilled to welcome back one of their own, Dante West. Now a famous Hollywood action star, Dante is filming a movie in town to help the local economy, as well as make amends with the people he hurt when he abruptly left Mistletoe all those years ago.

Librarian Lucy Marshall isn't thrilled to see Dante. He was once her best friend and first love until he left her behind without a word of goodbye. When Dante makes her an offer she can't refuse -- use of the library as a filming venue in exchange for a lucrative donation, Lucy finds herself spending a lot of time in Dante's company. With the magic of Christmas in the air, Dante and Lucy begin to forge a new bond. But can two people leading such different lives find lasting love the second time around


Author Belle Calhoune knows how to write romance, and she definitely reeled me in with this delightful new book that follows librarian Lucy Marshall and the other residents of Mistletoe, Maine, as they get ready for an exciting event. Their town has been chosen as the setting for a new movie, and the star is none other than a former resident who's now a Hollywood star. Dante West is back in town, and he's the same Dante who left Lucy with a broken heart so many years ago! What will happen when they see each other again?

There are so many reasons that I enjoyed this book. Mistletoe, Maine seems very special, and I loved reading about the annual tradition of lighting a big Christmas tree in the town square, and all of the other preparations that go along with the holidays. There are several intriguing characters, including a librarian and a movie star who's made some wrong choices. Dante has a lot of fences to mend, but it's apparent that he sincerely wants to repair his fractured relationships with both Lucy and his brother,  Troy. Lucy is sweet, stubborn, and she's held on to her hurts, but she's smart enough to realize that she still has romantic feelings for Dante. Their chemistry is strong, the kisses are certainly swoon-worthy, but can a movie star be content to remain in a small town in Maine? If Lucy lets down her guard, will she be hurt again?

As I read No Ordinary Christmas, I could envision this as a Hallmark holiday movie, and I tried to cast the right actors to portray Lucy and Dante! If you enjoy Hallmark movies, second-chance romances, and small town dynamics, you will certainly want to read No Ordinary Christmas. It's a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review, and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Belle Calhoune writes heartwarming, inspirational romance novels set in small, cozy towns. Married to her college sweetheart and living in southern Connecticut, she is the mother of two girls. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she is one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library allowed her to become an avid reader who aspired to be a romance writer. When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading, spending time in Cape Cod, traveling and enjoying time with friends and family.

Belle hopes her books will provide readers with inspiration, entertainment and an escape from day to day life.

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