Christmas is almost here, but Jessica has other things on her mind. Being the producer as well as the star of her new movie is a big challenge, and her co-star ex-boyfriend doesn’t seem to be quite over her. Still, she has the project carefully planned out, and the location is perfect: Homestead, Iowa. 

Matt, the mayor of Homestead, owns the inn where Jessica and her co-star are staying. He barely knows who Jessica is, even though his young daughter, Sophie, is one of her best fans. Christmas became even more important to Matt after his wife passed away, and he isn’t happy about the Hollywood production interfering with the community’s traditions. 

After Jessica makes more than one faux pas in her first encounter with Matt, she tries to prove that she isn’t just a Hollywood stereotype. Gradually, she grows enamored with Homestead…and with him, which was definitely not part of her plans. Matt’s falling for her, too, but their two worlds clash. Can an innkeeper and an A-list actress really hope for a romantic future together? 

A Hallmark Channel movie novel.

Title:  Christmas in Homestead
Series:  Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie Novels
Author:  Kara Tate
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  October 24, 2017
Publisher:  Hallmark Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I’m enjoying the novel adaptations of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies that are currently available.  It gives a slightly different perspective of a story I’ve already enjoyed with a few additions to make the story even more enjoyable in written form.  The characters are even more fleshed out with access to their internal thoughts and motivations.  I love movies, I love books but these are giving me the best of both worlds.

Christmas in Homestead is a fun Christmas Romance between one serious, at times grumpy mayor/innkeeper and an actress well known for her action saga who is also branching out into the producer role as well.  When Jessica’s movie production hits Homestead life is about to get interesting for the town’s residents and the movie crew as well.  Matt’s town can use the income from this movie’s production but he’s also worried about how filming will interfere with the town’s traditional Christmas events.  Jessica simply wants to prove herself beyond  her work in front of the cameras.  She might have bitten off a lot with this project but she’s also not about to back down one bit.  Her introduction to Matt is both funny and endearing – who among us hasn’t made one big, huge mistake at that first impression moment that we still cringe at the memory.  Watching Jessica and Matt work their way past their awkward beginning into a real relationship is enjoyable, a few chuckle worthy moments and lots of Christmas promise in the air.  The few side plots make life in Homestead very interesting indeed.

I had fun with this story, and really that’s the whole point.  If you’re looking for a lighthearted, fun, emotional Christmas love story to fall into, then you’ll love this one.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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