Review: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky

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Release date: September 22, 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads blurb: 

This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts… 
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away. 
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again. 
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace. 
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home? 
Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas. 
Christmas Under a Starlit Sky out soon. 


I have a confession to make. I’m bit obsessed with Christmas. Think Buddy the Elf. So naturally when I saw this title on Netgalley I was thrilled! I know what you may be thinking, it’s September Amy! Why would you even be thinking about Christmas?! Well folks, that’s what I do. I start thinking about next Christmas on December 26th. So basically, I never stop thinking about it. Enough about me, let me get to the point here. This book really got me even more into the festive spirit and sparked my enthusiasm for all Christmassy things and I couldn’t be more excited!

Piper is just a lovely and personable woman. She had some tragedies in her young life, but twelve years later and she has found her niche in the world. She’s a mystery reviewer in the hotel industry and travels the world staying in fabulous hotels for free! Talk about a dream job. Gabe was her first love and let’s just say things did not end well between the two of them. When she learns that her latest reviewing assignment is to cover the hotel Gabe owns she is shocked and unsure how to feel about seeing him again. They begin a tentative friendship but it’s clear they still have feelings for each other. I really wanted to like Gabe as he had so many very good qualities but he was so wishy washy in regards to his feelings towards Piper that he often irritated me. His daughter Wren however, was just a darling child and her humor and sweet innocence charmed me.

My favorite part of this book was the setting, hands down. Stardust Lake Hotel is simply magical and enchanting. Martin’s descriptions of this picturesque town were gorgeous and all I could envision is a perfect winter wonderland. The Christmas market in the town sounds amazing, I’m still trying to figure out how I can manage to do my Christmas shopping there this year?! 😂 The details about each shop and their offerings sounded absolutely beautiful and unique. My favorite one was where an artist makes delicate and intricate snow globes. Swoon worthy stuff.

If you’re like me and you long for the holiday season read this one. It transports the reader to a town called Christmas that is utterly charming and sounds breathtakingly gorgeous. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the holidays, give it a try anyway as you might be surprised by how the book will make you feel. I really wanted to grab a hot chocolate, a plush throw and read under a crackling fire, but as I’m in Arizona and it’s very hot still I refrained. The second book in this series, Christmas Under a Starlight Sky is being released in October and I’m excited to continue reading about this magical, festive town.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

14 thoughts on “Review: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky

  1. Chantal says:

    Great review. I love Christmas/winter themed books too! I also requested this book on NetGalley and I’m happy to say my request was approved. So I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

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