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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Snowed In by Catherine Walsh

Stars: 4

Spicy: PG-13


Will you like this book? You might if you like:


Runaway Brides

Fake relationships

Small Irish towns

Christmas romances

Overly involved siblings and family drama

Bonus: You loved Holiday Romance and want to see what Molly and Andrew again


Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.


Ugh, was I in a reading rut. I was in the middle of four different books and nothing was really grabbing me. The world feels like such a scary place at the moment and everything I was reading wasn’t grabbing me enough to make me forget it all.


Then I realized I had the Snowed In ARC on my Kindle and I was ready for Christmas and longing for a trip to Ireland, so it seemed perfect. And from the Prologue it had me hooked. I couldn’t put it down. You don’t need to read anything further until you’ve gone ahead and ordered this book. Go ahead, I’ll wait…


Megan O’Sullivan ran away from her wedding 5 years ago and she hasn’t been home since. Christian Fitzpatrick, who grew up with Megan and witnessed her flight, has been home but dreads it, there are just too many questions about his love life. When Megan and Christian run into each other in Dublin, Christian has a great idea: they can pretend to be together during the holiday and help each other out. Perfect plan, no feelings will be caught, no one will fall in love. Even if they end up getting snowed in at a remote cabin.


Well it’s a romance, so it’s not a spoiler, really, to let you know of course they do fall in love. The fun is in reading how they get there. Walsh writes with both great wit and true tenderness. I’m laughing AND I’m crying; my heart is singing and it is breaking. I love a romance where the characters know each other well so they have lots of history. And Megan and Christian have known each other forever, their lives are intertwined in the small village they are from, and while they both love their families, they both feel a little bit like outsiders.


There are so many great secondary characters in this book, but not that they overwhelm the main characters. Meeting your significant other’s family is hard, even when you know them. Walsh does a great job of writing siblings that are incredibly relatable. And I am hoping we get to see more of them (I want Aidan, I want Zoe, I want Hannah!) and while I wait patiently for Walsh’s next book, I’ll be rereading this one near the end of December for all the warm fuzzies and belly laughs.


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