A Family by Christmas

A Family by Christmas

by Viv Royce

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Chocolatier Emma Miller has a new business selling bonbons to the residents of the quaint town of Wood Creek. When a tiny visitor stops by her shop with an interesting request, Emma is intrigued. The young girl needs chocolates that will help her widowed dad fall in love, preferably with her teacher. What Emma didn't count on was Casey's ever so charming and handsome dad, Grant, stepping into her life. She has to remind herself to be cautious because the one thing she learned in foster care is that people always leave.

Pilot Grant Galloway is touched by his daughter's gift and is curious about the person who made the world-class chocolates. But when he steps into Emma's shop full of delicious smells and tasty morsels, he forgets to breathe. And it has nothing to do with his favorite dessert. She's pretty and kind, and when she has to deal with a difficult client, his protective instincts kick into high gear. But he risked his heart once. When his wife died, it left him broken. He's just now beginning to pick up the pieces, and he and his daughter will be leaving town once the holidays are over.

Thanks to some Christmas wishes, though, these two might discover that their carefully laid plans are about to change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640638693
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/14/2019
Series: Little Shops on Heart Street , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 171,828
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

With the same trademark atmospheric settings, relatable characters and cute canines that made several of her cozy mysteries #1 Amazon US and Canada bestsellers in multiple categories, Vivian Conroy pens romance as Viv Royce, creating the little shops on Heart Street she herself would like to frequent to stock up on bonbons, books and cute home decorations. When not hanging out in fictional worlds, she likes to hike, craft and spend too much time on Twitter where readers can connect via @VivWrites.

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A Family by Christmas 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BooksTeacupReviews14 14 days ago
Afamily by Christmas was chocolaty sweet romance that revolved round Emma, Grant and his lovely family in small town. It was about new venture in small town, family, love, belongingness, following your heart and gut feeling.Characters-Emma was nice person who wanted to keep her customer happy and survive her business in new town. She was too gentle and generous but I liked her sentiments and outlook towards her business totally opposite of what she was taught. Her thoughts and feelings were realistic and heartfelt. I loved her even more for selflessness.Grant was her polar opposite. While Emma was cautious by nature, loved her sanctum of shop and home, Grant loved freedom, life-risking adventure and his old pilot job. He was caring and lively person. His feelings for his daughter was lovely.Casey the little girl of Grant was sweet adorable child. All side characters were nice and supportive. Writing was great, east to follow and atmospheric. Setting was vivid filled with Christmas spirit that gave festive touch to the story. I loved Emma’s shop, Wood Creek town, Galloway nursery and Christmas fair. The story was third person narrative from Emma and Grant’s perspective. It worked nicely here giving the parallel view of their thoughts and feelings.Both had one thought, enjoy it and have fun till it lasts but as they spent more time with each other, friendship turned into deep feelings and blossoming love. It complicated their situation. Emma wanted to stay while Grant wanted to leave on first opportunity. I was curious to see when he will realize his true feeling for Emma and what he will decide after that and will Casey agree to leave her grandparents and Emma with whom she was attached now and have formed strong bond.Emma’s loneliness being a foster kid touched my heart. It was admirable to see her standing on her own feet, running a shop by heart with so much love and dedication. I was happy for her when she got connected with Grant’s family and all the support she got from town and other shop owners. I knew it will be her best Christmas this time. I liked her attitude and the way she handled her feelings not spoiling new formed bond with Grant’s family. I loved her even more for her selfless advices even though it hurt her.I liked Grant’s perspective. I could understand Grant’s dream and wish to get job after getting over his loss. It looked like selfishness from certain view but I didn’t feel so. Everybody needs to live for themselves, for something that make them happy and flying was his need and happiness. But I liked him for thinking about his daughter at the same time. His dilemma was realistic.I loved getting answers to all questions. I liked the message, trusting your feelings and working out a way that is best for everyone not what you want and your family wants.End was sweet. Overall, I enjoyed this family by Christmas. It was charming, cozy, and delightful Christmas read filled with festive feel. Do I recommend this for your Christmas reads? Righto.
whatsbetterthanbooks 23 days ago
Amusing, sweet, and delightfully festive! A Family by Christmas is a cosy, heartwarming, holiday read set in the quaint town of Wood Creek that takes us into the lives of two main characters. Emma, a young, hardworking woman struggling to start a new business and make a new home for herself, and Grant, a grieving, single father whose main focus is raising his daughter and resuming his career. The prose is atmospheric and light. The characters are lonely, friendly, and thoughtful. And the plot is an engaging tale full of tender moments, friendship, family, community, self-discovery, merry preparations, and of course a touch of romance! Overall, A Family by Christmas is a clean, fun, uplifting, wintery treat that will have you believing in the magic of Christmas and daydreaming of snowflakes, decorated trees, twinkling lights, and scrumptious chocolatey treats.
Anonymous 24 days ago
This was a short, sweet story about two lonely people bound together by their love for a little girl. Emma is the product of foster homes ever since her mother died when she was a little girl. She’s moved to this friendly, little New Hampshire town to open her dream store - a candy store where she makes personalized bon bons. One day an adorable little girl, Casey comes in the store to buy bon bons for her father to help him fall in love. His wife died suddenly over a year ago and Casey just wants to see him happy. Emma is charmed and then she meets the father, Grant, who is attractive in so many ways. She finds herself falling in love with Casey, Grant’s family, and Grant himself. But Grant wants to leave home and go back to being an airline pilot, a job that would take him and his daughter away from this small town. The story was predictable, but still very heartwarming. It was like drinking a tasty hot chocolate drink while watching a Hallmark movie. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
happilyeverafters 24 days ago
Emma is a product of the foster care system, and still has insecurities in trusting that people could chose to stay in her life and maybe come to lover her. One day while she is working on her candy store a adorable little girl comes there to talk to her and ask for her help in making her loved dad feel happy again, she doesn't have it in her to say no to the girl and agrees to help by first making "magic" bon bons to make him fall in love with someone. After Grant discovers this he is charmed by his daughter intentions and interested to know the kind woman who agreed to do this for them, even without due payment. After they finally meet and became close, they end up discovering sweet true love again, but this was not in the plans Grant had for his and his daughter new beginning in another city, and now he has difficult decisions to make, go on with the plans or stay there with the woman he fell in love with. A heartwarming and tender romance between two people who have loved and lost and were afraid to begin again.
NICUnurseWCF 25 days ago
‘Tis the season…for sweet Christmas romances! Yes, I’m one of those people that love sweet Christmas themed stories. I mostly love them this time of year, but if I’m being honest, I could read them all year long and never get tired of them! So I guess that’s your warning if you hate holiday books that would play out wonderfully on the Hallmark movie channel. You’ll be seeing a few more reviews from me on these types of books. Emma is a product of the foster care system. Her story was better than most foster kids have, but she’s still all alone in the world. But she’s got her little shop on Heart Street that she’s been dreaming of for what seems like forever. And now, she’s been given a mission by an adorable angel named Casey. Casey only wants to make her Daddy happy again. Grant (Casey’s dad) felt like his world was ripped out from under him when his wife died, so he brought Casey home to his parents’ house and they’ve been working on rebuilding their relationship and their lives as a unit of two instead of three. Will Casey’s plan work or does Grant have one of his own that will take them far away from Emma…for good? NICUnurse’s Rating: I liked this story because it has all the great holiday-themed elements that I love. A quaint small town, nice people who support each other (most of them, anyway), and a sweet love story. And characters that are growing, learning, and accepting. I felt it might have been a little heavy on the internal dialogue versus the actual interaction by the main characters, but as this is the first time I’ve read this author’s work, it might just be how she writes. I would love to have seen Emma and Grant talk more about their budding relationship than having it mostly in their heads, though. All in all, I liked the story and would give her books another shot for sure. I give A Family by Christmas by Viv Royce 3.75 stars.
Lori-Gonzo 28 days ago
Emma and Grant are as sweet as the candy in Emma's shop. This has all the good feels like a Hallmark movie and plays as one in my mind as I read. Casey is a sweet heart who forms an immediate bond with Emma. And they work on helping Grant, Casey's dad, find happiness. I loved the family aspect and dynamic of this book. It was such a fabulous and loving focus that just warms your heart. Emma and Grant worked so well together. He wanted to take care of Emma and she reassured him in his fatherly role. What a very lovely story with a perfect ending! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
TracyFritts1974 29 days ago
A Family by Christmas ia a delightful read. It is a sweet Christmas story. I truly enjoyed all the characters. It was well written and it has a really good storyline. I look forward to reading more stories by this author. I read and reviewed an Advanced Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for letting me read this book.
kandksmom5912 29 days ago
3.5/5 stars Clean, short and sweet story. It was an ok read for me. I like my books with a little heat so that was a bit of a letdown for me. The story was good. It was like a Hallmark movie in print form. If that is what you like, then this will be the perfect book for you. It just wasn’t for me. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
paytonpuppy 30 days ago
If you are looking for a sweet holiday romance then this book is for you. Grant Galloway’s wife died and he is trying to raise his daughter, Casey, with help from his mother and father. While helping at his parents’ tree farm, he continues to look for a job as a pilot, but it’s difficult as he needs to be available for Casey. Casey visited Emma Miller’s chocolate shop to buy bonbons for her father to make him happy. Grant enjoys the candy and decides to stop by Emma’s shop to tell her how wonderful they were. He helps Emma and slowly involves her in his and Casey’s life. When he is offered a job that could take him away from Wood Creek, will he be able to leave Emma? I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
linda quick 30 days ago
This is a delightful story that made me smile and kept me smiling. Emma is a woman raised in foster care that has never felt the kind of belonging and constancy that most of us take for granted. Grant is a widower whose whole foundation collapsed when his wife died suddenly, leaving him to raise their young daughter. As a long haul pilot, he had to give up his job to be there for his daughter, and then moved home to his family's home to heal and rebuild their foundation. Then one day, the daughter wanders into Emma's chocolate shop and nothing is the same. I loved the depth of the characters and the way they interacted. They felt like real people and made me feel invested in their story and want them to get a HEA ending. Reading this book felt like a treat filled with wonderful sweets. If you want a yummy novel that will make you smile, you have found it in this book. While it is set a Christmas, this book is a must read and worth reading at any time of year. This is a new author and I can't wait to see what she creates next.
AliciaSplendeur 30 days ago
This is a sweet Christmas story. It's like a Hallmark movie in book form. Sweet little girl Casey walks into Emma's shop with a request. She needs chocolates to help her Dad fall in love again because she wants him to be happy. When Grant is moved by the gift from his daughter and has to find out here the world-class chocolate came from. He finds himself drawn to Emma. Both are hesitant to risk their hearts. This was just a sweet sweet story. It is a little angsty, as they fight their developing feelings. But it was not annoying. #AFaamilyByChristmas #NetGalley
ytcruz 30 days ago
If you are looking for a clean, sweet, Christmas story with a child as one of the characters , this one is the one for you. Wood Creek is the new home of chocolatier Emma Miller. A place filled with new beginnings and a new business for a woman whose years in the foster system made her feel not truly loved or wanted. But she has a great deal of hope in her new life. Grant Galloway and his daughter Casey moved back home after his wife died. He still wants to go back into flying planes and the town is just a temporary stop. But that doesn’t stop Casey from wanting her Dad to find happiness and maybe Emma’s chocolates is what he needs. Little did any of them know, that their lives had the potential of changing forever. Maybe what they thought they wanted is not what they really want and the holiday season is full of hope and miracles. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Entangled Publishing . The opinions expressed are solely my own.
HeyerFan1 30 days ago
Hallmark Movie Novel. The descriptions of the chocolate bonbons made my mouth water and seven year old Casey was adorable but overall I felt this story was a bit of a damp squib. Whilst the story is sweet Grant and Emma come across as mere acquaintances; they meet because Emma made chocolates as a gift for him from his daughter and have maybe three or four meetings (not dates) over the period of a couple of weeks. I didn’t feel any connection between them, no emotion or romance but suddenly Grant is giving up his dreams for Emma. The story just didn’t have enough content for me and I was left feeling let down. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.