Title: My Kind of Christmas
Author: Robyn Carr
First published October 23, 2012
314 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781459244375 (ISBN10: 1459244370)
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr tells the story of Patrick Riordan, a navy pilot who always thought his job was the only thing that could give him an adrenaline rush. But this Christmas, that all changes when he meets Angie LeCroix, Jack Sheridan’s beautiful niece.
Angie came to Virgin River to escape her mother’s constant hovering and to have the Christmas she’s always dreamt of. She never expected to meet someone like Patrick, who challenges her in ways she never thought possible.
As they navigate their growing feelings for each other, they find themselves at odds with their respective families, who have different plans for them this Christmas. But Patrick and Angie know what they want – each other.
Will they be able to carve out their own kind of Christmas in Virgin River, or will outside forces tear them apart? Find out in My Kind of Christmas.
About the Author
Meet Robyn Carr, a talented author with an impressive track record. She’s won the coveted RITA® Award and is a bestselling author with over sixty novels to her name.
Her Virgin River series has garnered critical acclaim and is a fan favorite. In April 2022, she released her latest women’s fiction novel, A FAMILY AFFAIR.
But that’s not all! Robyn also wrote the Sullivan’s Crossing Series, with the fifth novel, THE FAMILY GATHERING, released in Jan. 2020.
Fans will be thrilled to know that a Sullivan’s Crossing TV series is currently in production, set to be released in 2023.
And let’s not forget about the worldwide sensation that is the Virgin River TV Series. Season 4 is now streaming on Netflix as of July 2022, with season 5 on the horizon for 2023.
Robyn is an accomplished writer, receiving the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years.
When she’s not busy writing, Robyn calls Las Vegas, Nevada home. To learn more about Robyn and her work, visit her website.
Robyn Carr’s My Kind of Christmas, published in 2012, is a heartwarming addition to the romance genre. Known for her bestselling Virgin River and Thunder Point series, Carr has written over 50 novels in her career.
My Kind of Christmas is a standalone holiday-themed novel that showcases Carr’s ability to create relatable characters and cozy small-town settings. The novel is set in a small mountain town called Virgin River, where we meet a charming cast of characters who are all hoping for a Christmas miracle.
The main protagonist, Angie LaCroix, is a former Hollywood starlet who leaves her fast-paced and shallow LA lifestyle behind to start anew in Virgin River. Although she’s determined to make a fresh start, a chance encounter with Patrick Ricado, a handsome widowed Marine, complicates things.
Angie and Patrick’s whirlwind romance is well-written, but what sets this novel apart is Carr’s attention to detail in all of the character’s backstories. Another standout character is Angies teenage son, John “Preacher” Middleton, who is dealing with profound loss as he grieves the death of his father.
The supporting cast is just as compelling, adding to the richness of the story. Carr’s writing is emotive and sensory, and the descriptions of the snow-covered town and the holidays create a picturesque setting.
The pacing is well-structured, with each subplot resolved at just the right time. Although the novel has no political or social commentary, it accurately portrays the American holiday spirit that celebrates hope, love, and the spirit of giving.
The book explores topics such as love, overcoming grief, and self-discovery. While it doesn’t break from the usual conventions of the genre, what makes it a standout is the heart and realism that is evident in the characters.
If there are any flaws in the novel, it is that some of the subplots are predictable and formulaic. However, for a holiday-themed romance novel, that is hardly a surprise.
Overall, My Kind of Christmas is a delightful novel that is perfect for anyone who loves a good old-fashioned romance. Whether you’re an existing fan of Robyn Carr or a newcomer to her work, this novel is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Rating: 4/5 stars.