Friday, December 22, 2023

You Make it Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh Book Review

About the Book:

It's the most wonderful time of the year--for everyone except Starr Lewis.

As if going home for the holidays jobless and single wasn't bad enough, she's dragged into a holiday season full of activities leading up to her sister's uber-romantic Christmas Eve wedding--to Starr's ex-boyfriend. But when her brother's best friend, Waylon Emmerson, attends their family Thanksgiving, she starts to wonder if maybe coming home for Christmas isn't so bad after all.

As Starr finds the perfect distraction in helping Waylon make over his late mother's Christmas shop, the most wonderful time of the year works its magic and the spark between them grows. But with the holidays fast approaching, Starr must decide what she wants out of life after the gifts are unwrapped and the ornaments are put away--to go back to New York City or to open her heart to a love that will last beyond Christmas Day?

You can read an excerpt here.

My Review:

This is a fun Christian romance for the holiday season. At around 200 pages, it is a quick but entertaining read. Shiloh does a good job of describing the Christmas events and scenes. Her descriptions of the characters were not as clear but their lives are presented in an engaging way. While this is a light romantic novel, Shiloh does explores meaningful issues. There was a particularly good discussion about finding God's will for an important decision. There was also an interesting amount of drama over sibling relationships.

I liked this short novel as a good one to read during the Christmas season. While it is a light one, there are some serious sections in it too.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Toni Shiloh
 ( is a wife, a mom, and an award-winning Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel In Search of a Prince won the first ever Christy Amplify Award. It has also been praised by Oprah Daily, POPSUGAR, Library Journal, and Booklist, and is a Parable bestseller. Her books have won the Selah Award and have been finalists for the Carol Award and the HOLT Medallion. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. Photo credit: EAH Creative.

Bethany Fellowship Publishers, 208 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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