A Holiday Tradition (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: A Holiday Tradition (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Chrissy Munder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 58 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Paul Carpenter has his life all planned out. Or at least his father does. The right school, the right degree, the right job. Paul is on track, until a bus accident has him sitting out a coveted internship, babysitting, or being babysat, by a grandfather he barely remembers during his holiday stay in a Florida RV park. His father’s reasoning? How much temptation can Paul find around a bunch of senior citizens playing bingo? There’ll be nothing to distract him from his studies.

It’s hard to muster his holiday spirit when Paul is used to snow and cold, not sun, surf, and plastic flamingos in Santa hats. But then Paul meets Kevin Lombardo, who offers to show him some new holiday traditions. Suddenly Paul’s fast track hits a curve.

“A Holiday Tradition” focuses on a young man who has to decide if he is going to truly live his life doing what he wants, or let his controlling father force him into an unwanted career. Spending the holidays with his grandfather in a Florida RV park, Paul slowly realizes:

The things Paul had been persuaded were important and would give his life meaning and structure didn’t apply. Life here wasn’t about getting ahead or even getting by. It was about finding peace in your values, priorities, and enjoying the company of those around you.

There’s a lot to like about this story – a sweet, not steamy, romance between Kevin (the young RV park owner), an interesting cast of older quirky park residents, a light plot that nicely moves along – and at just under 60 pages, it’s a sweet holiday treat to enjoy. 4 stars.

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