Bella is back at her childhood home. When her mother took a fall in the Nuisance Grounds (garbage dump) and broke her leg, Bella came back to help her and run her shop, Izzie's. Soon Bella discovers she's also been handed Izzie's role in the town's Christmas theatre production, a musical version of a well-known mystery that threatens to become more bizarre each day. A serial arsonist is frightening the townspeople, a family feud threatens young romance, and intrigue and rumors are the order of the day. On top of everything, Bella's high school sweetheart Jake, who dumped her for a cheerleader, is now Chief of Police. Poor Bella! Christmas in St. Christopher's is not what it used to be.
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite When Bella returns home to St. Christopher under the guise of caring for her mother’s store while Izzie recovers from a broken leg, nothing in her hometown has changed. The little town of St. Christopher is the same in its small town propensity for gossip and community spirit. Bella’s mother still refuses to be referred to as “Mom” in lieu of her surname. Izzie’s best friend, Sarah, carries on the tradition of producer and director of the town’s annual Christmas play. And high school beau Jake still holds the key to Bella’s heart. Acting as her mother’s replacement in the annual play, Bella is plotted in a role opposite her old high school flame, who is busy trying to solve the mysterious rash of town arsons. The security of small town living is as disturbed by this atypical violence as the thumping of Bella’s heart every time Jake is in the room. Sharon McGregor’s gift of storytelling is evident in this charming novella length tale. With all of the elements of a standard formula romance, All’s Fair in Love and Arson does not disappoint the reader with its mix of light-hearted dialogue and “feel good” commentary. Although the outcome is easily predicted, McGregor has included a humorous take on Agatha Christie’s literary icon Hercule Poirot, lifting it a notch above the typical romance. The author masterfully compacts a possibly much longer tale into the size of an easily one-sitting read, without the risk of cheating the reader of essential detail.
This book had me chuckling, and it kept me guessing. I had quite a bit of fun becoming acquainted with the characters and trying to figure out the identity of the arsonist! This story was a beautiful mixture of mystery, romance, suspense, and comedy. I’m going to enjoy reading it again!
Bella comes home to her small town of St. Christopher to help her mother Izzie at the shop while Izzie heals from a broken leg. It’s been twelve years and old wounds have festered. But St. Christopher has some secrets—some good, some not-so-good. One of them is the new chief of police—Jake—Bella’s high school honey she thought cheated on her all those years ago. She can’t decide if that’s a good or not-so-good secret. Another is the amount of nostalgia for a sense of home Bella left behind and never really felt anywhere else. Izzie has a few secrets of her own—including a romance and a task for Bella to force her into the public through a local theater production role. A definitely not-so-good secret is there’s an arsonist afoot, and no one knows his or her next target. This is not the St. Christopher Bella left behind. In some ways, it’s better. McGregor’s small town family stories pack a lot into a sweet, easy, quick read that tends to linger with a sense of nostalgia after the last page. Told in a folksy, third person manner from Bella’s point of view, the reader is transported to December in St. Christopher, where the nativity set in the hardware store window reminds Bella and Jake what life is truly all about. A gentle, multi-generational love story with a bit of mystery and lots of fun. For those who enjoy a quick and clean read with forgiveness to go around twice.
Bella takes to the bus to return to St. Christopher during the Christmas season. Izzie, her mother, has broken her leg, and while she’s being doted on by her friend Barton, Bella will run Izzie’s shop. Two things Bella didn’t expect when she came home was taking her mother’s place in the annual Christmas Production and running into her high school flame, Jake, from twelve years ago. While Jake wants to make amends and tell Bella what really happened when Bella caught him kissing another girl, Bella tries to avoid him. As several subplots unfold, the most disturbing is who is setting all the seemingly unrelated fires in town. Relationships are mended and old friendships rekindled, and Bella begins to think St. Christopher might just be calling her home. Delightful read. A little mystery, a little suspense, and plenty of romance make this Christmas Novella a must.