Published by Choc Lit on December 5th 2017
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House of Christmas Secrets is the second book in the series, but it read as a standalone novel for me. When I began this book, I had no idea that it was part of a series. The first book in the series is “House of Secrets. “The beauty this book is not only did it work as a standalone novel for me, but it also cause me to want to read the first book in the series. Another plus, is that the Author provided enough of the backstory that I did not feel like I was missing any information that I might need to enjoy this book.
Last Christmas did not go as planned and Jess Croft has high hopes for this Holiday season. She is engaged to the man of her dreams and has worked hard to put the trauma inflicted upon her and her surviving family members by her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Moving on from personal tragedy, death, the fire and loss of family members is not going to be an easy task. Now the hotel is up and running and Jess is determined to have a good Christmas….but family secrets get in the way. Also, two guests show up on their doorstop with a connection to Jess. Are they who they say they are?
Lily and her father show up at Wrea Hall Hotel unannounced. Lily is a sweet little girl and appears to be a miniature version of Jess. Her father claims to be connected to Jess. Is this true? In Christmas spirit, Jess takes them in and makes attempts to get to know them. There are two story-lines going on in this book which collide.
This book touches on themes such as drug addiction, grief, prostitution, loss, race, family secrets, acceptance, staring over and love. This isn’t a typical feel-good Christmas Story. It touches on real life issues that just so happen to occur during the holiday for this group of people. If you are looking for a light Christmas story this will not be for you.
Thank you to Choc Lit and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.