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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

A Home for the Holidays

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey 

Stars: 4

Spicy: PG

What happens when your boss, who thinks that you live the picture perfect farm life, a lie that helped you get and keep your current job as a social media manager and writer for a local Ohio magazine, decides to spend Christmas Eve Eve at said farm? Well if you are Laurel Grant, you rope your twin sister, brother-in-law, and arch nemesis (also your BIL’s BF) into playing along with you. What could go wrong? 

This is the book version of a 1940s screwball comedy set at Christmas time, which I think is what Winfrey was going for and she very much succeeds. You don’t want to think too much about the logistics, there are a lot of “romance reasons”  in the story. And you know what, that is what I want with my holiday romances. That and a hunky Clark Kent looking dude that reads to children and has a deep appreciation of America's Test Kitchen.

Look, I will read anything that Kerry Winfrey writes, whether it is her books or her Substack newsletter. Her stories are wonderful and feature women most of us can completely identify with; they are a little wacky, a bit lost, and kind of messy. We are all trying to be New Laurel, calm and collected, but we are still Old Laurel; but it is the imperfections that make people love us.

I’ll give a shameless plug for Winfrey’s Substack newsletter; she does a lot of reviews and musing but I love it most for the insight it provides on being a writer. And you know, just like Laurel, Kerry Winfrey is a lot like the rest of us.

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