I’ll start this review of The Mistletoe Inn with a little disclaimer. The only reason I purchased this book – and paid full price, I might add – was because the Hallmark movie of the same name was going to premiere on Thanksgiving Day. It stars one of my favorite actresses – Alicia Witt. I was a little concerned because, even though I made the purchase several weeks before Thanksgiving, I didn’t actually start reading it until two days before Thanksgiving. However, that turned out not to be a problem. I eagerly tore through it in two days!
The “In” of The Mistletoe Inn
I adored the premise of the story: Kim, the protagonist and a wannabe romance novelist, takes her first completed manuscript to a writer’s retreat in Vermont, shortly before Christmas. When she was trying to decide whether she should actually go, her father – recently diagnosed with prostate cancer – paid her admission fee and layered on the guilt that Kim would be wasting his money if she didn’t go.
Anxious to take a break from her day job at a car dealership in Colorado, she somewhat reluctantly heads up to Vermont. Besides, her ultimate favorite romance writer will be delivering the final keynote. That retreat, and more importantly the people she meets, will change her life forever. She not only learns a lot about her writing, but about herself. She finds that life’s lessons can occur at the strangest of times.
Need Some Holiday Cheer?
This book is filled with quotable takeaways! The author presents us with a short entry in Kim’s diary at the start of each chapter. I thought that a very clever thing to do, and many of them were just so good! I think I highlighted most of them.
The Other Stuff
Technically, the book is very good. The character arcs are good, and the pace is perfect. I imagine some folks would call this story cheesy, but that’s okay. The story made me feel good, and as a reader, that’s what matters to me.
I doubt this book will win a Pulitzer, and I suppose it is a bit formulaic, but I felt the characters were genuine. Further, the lessons the protagonist learns can apply to all of us.