The Christmas Boutique is the 21st book in a series, but don’t let that scare you off. I have read zero of the other books, and I liked it just fine.
I listened to this one as a digital audiobook. I have no particular feelings about the narration. It was fine. I don’t feel like the voice added to the experience, but it didn’t lessen it, either.
We follow a couple of women I assume we might already know if we’d read the previous books in the series, and get some historical backstory perspective of one of the characters. There are complicated female relationships, marital issues, quilting, and problems with kids.
I loved this as a Christmas read because while it is about Christmas, it’s not one of those over-the-top Christmas-centric reads. It is a full, beautiful novel that happens to be set at Christmastime. You get all the holiday good feels without the annoying fluff of books that were written for a two month sales period.
I also loved it as a mother. It’s got all the family stuff that real families deal with, handled in a realistic way. It gave me the warm and fuzzies.
This book is a good choice for anyone wanting to embrace the holiday feeling right now, but also for anyone wanting an uplifting read at any time of year.