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Christmas of Love

(Long Valley #3.2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Next stop: Pain and heartache, coming right up…
Ivy McLain’s grand scheme of making it big? Yeah, it’s going nowhere fast. Every day, her dreams of a fabulous art career are fading a little more. And just when she didn’t believe things could get any worse, her parents plan their huge 40th anniversary party.
In December.
In cold, snowy Podunk, Idaho.
It’s been five years
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Published November 29th 2017 by Wright's Reads
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Cali Jewel
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, sexy, thrilling and redeeming romantic journey that will warm your heart and leave you with all the best kind of warm fuzzes. Perfect love story to get you in the holiday mood.

Ivy McLain is sweet, sassy and looking to make her dreams as an artiest come true, not looking for true love specifically in the home town she ran from for very good reasons. Austin Bishop is rugged, handsome, sweet, charming and in no way looking for the love of his life, not after the last time his heart was
Dec 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, holiday-read
What a yawn-fest from beginning to end.
Keryth Belvin
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Love Worth Waiting For

I am voluntarily reviewing an advanced reader copy of this book, Christmas Of Love by Erin Wright.

What a marvelous early Christmas present, an Erin Wright ARC to read and a Christmas one too!!
Every book of Erin’s that I’ve read has been a treat to treasure but this one the best by far! I’ve come to love the Long Valley “family” and can’t wait for each new one to come out.

Can 2 troubled souls find a way through their pain to healing and love together?
Emily Pennington
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Ivy McLain looked around at her parents’ boring 40th anniversary party, hearing groups of farmers talking about crops, broken equipment, and water (too much or too little) – mundane, boring things -- and she was VERY cold. She did not understand why anyone would voluntarily live in Sawyer, Idaho! She wanted to return to California and get away from this place! She needed some hot cocoa before she froze to death on the spot! She rapidly turned toward the refreshments and ran right into what felt ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, sweet, suspenseful story with well-developed characters and plot that will take you away and make you believe in love and in spite of our flaws and imperfections, we all are worthy of love!

Ivy (we met her sister, Iris in a previous book) and Austin meet each other at an anniversary party, talk to each other for 5 minutes and they go their separate ways thinking that they will never see each other again. Ivy is from California and is headed back the next day but before that can happen
Becky Claxon
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ivy McLain was back in Idaho for her parents wedding anniversary. It was only the second time since she graduated high school. She had a horrible junior and senior high experience. There were two girls who were the worst at making fun of her and doing terrible things to her. She had been living in San Francisco trying to be the artist she always wanted to be, but it wasn’t working out too well. She didn’t tell anyone about what was really happening in her life. She wasn’t truthful because she ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great sweet romance between Austin and Ivy. Ivy comes home for her parent’s party and there she meets Austin who she mistakenly thinks is seeing one her bullies from H.S. When that is all cleared up they spend time together even though she is due to return to her lie of a life in California. She left right after H.S. after facing growing up being bullied and tormented and now all grown up has spun a web of lies of the life she leads. When Austin and Ivy spend a lot of time together, they ...more
Margaret Watkins
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the surface of things, Ivy McLain appears to be a bright, happy and smiling artist, but beneath the mask she is suffering from the same insecurities she experienced growing up in the small Idaho town. She has hardly been back in town a few hours before running into her nemeses and rubber banded back into her high school years. The problem with wearing a mask and telling everyone how successful she is, only creates complications, especially when her well laid plans fall apart. Austin Bishop on ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Christmas of Love you get to know Ivy who is Iris's sister from the concurrent story Returning to Love. Both books are stand-alone but it is so much fun to read them both and get the story from different perspectives. Christmas of Love is all about Christmas is a small Idaho town with all the small town charms and activities that really bring out the Christmas Spirit. It is fun and lively, with loveable characters all around. But it also has small town issues like gossip and bullying in ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
How often do you read a story where one minute you're laughing and the next you're grabbing a tissue? This one is an emotional rollercoaster!

Upon returning home for her parents 40th wedding anniversary party, Ivy literally bumps into Austin Bishop, her sister's boyfriend's best friend. While they are getting to know one another, Ivy and Austin together have some very funny times and some very sad times. Both have struggled with issues dating back to their teenage or early college years - for
Aquamarine 1951
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
During the holiday season I love reading romantic stories with a holiday theme. “Christmas of Love” is a heartwarming love story that just makes you feel good about life and love. Ivy and Austin both had personal issues to deal with and neither was looking for love. Austin had trust issues and had been let down by his parents and fiancé. Ivy had been bullied in High School and had career aspirations she was lying about to her family and friends. Through Erin’s beautifully written storyline, a ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ivy McLain comes home to Idaho for her parents anniversary party. She's cold and miserable until she bumps into Austin Bishop, literally. She was intrigued until her high school nemesis starts hanging all over him. The day after the party her sister Iris is found laying in the cold snow, and is rushed to the hospital. Ivy forgets her flight and stay to help out.

Austin Bishop is a newbie to the area, and he is intrigued by Ivy. He's not interested in a relationship so hooking up with Ivy, who is
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I loved this book in the Long Valley Series. Ivy McLain left town as soon as she could, hoping to never return. She was bullied at school but she just wanted to be accepted. Ivy moved to San Francisco in the hope of becoming a successful artist but this is where she started lying to everybody especially herself. When she goes back home for her parents party she meets Austin Bishop. They share an instant
Teresa  Christianson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Another great book by Erin Wright. Make sure you have tissue handy because you will need to wipe your eyes at time but you will also laugh. Austin and Ivy are perfect for each other. They only thing is that Ivy has been lying to her family for many years about her success in California and then she lies to Austin about it too. When she finally comes clean and tells the truth to Austin he is so hurt that he tells her to just leave. He thinks
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another Long valley Story, this time it is the story of Ivy McLain, sister to Iris McLain, who was already featured in an earlier book. So this story is partly already familiar, we know some of the events happening, but now get the details of a story that was just hinted at in Iris' story.
Being in the know is not really a bad thing, it does not make the book boring, but one is curious to find out the details, the reasons why some of the thing happened the way they did, and Ms. Wright answers
Megan M.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ivy McLain has always felt as though she has been overshadowed by her older sister, Iris (being right behind the oldest girl in my family, I can totally relate with Ivy). But thankfully she literally ran into Austin. Austin isn't interested in getting to know someone one superficially, even though Ivy is getting ready to head back to California. They decided to date each other to get back at one of Ivy's bullies from high school and the woman who won't stop clinging to Austin. From that blossoms ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

Loved this story. I have loved all of this series. The characters are so realistic and the plot charming. The book is so well written that you get lost in it. I can't stop reading once I start. There were times when I almost needed a tissue. I know I am a softy but I feel like I am right there in the middle of the story, a part of the action. Characters from prior books show up so you don't feel like you have lost
Margaret McGovern
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent contemporary western romance. The author did a wonderful job of giving readers information about the characters premiums lives so we understood why they act the way the do. Ivy lives in California but came home for her parents anniversary. Austin is the land agent that works with farmers so they have more productive crops. Neither is looking for romance but instantly respond to one another. Unfortunately, Ivy is hiding a lot of her present life from everyone. Austin keeps to himself as ...more
Danielle Carpenter
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story touched me, as I was bullied in school. Like Ivy, I left for the military as soon as I graduated. I understand why Ivy hid who she was, but to hide herself from her family was completely wrong. I loved Austin and understand his hurt when all is revealed. Fortunately for me, my husband was my best friend first before we fell in love. Those of you who understand what someone goes through that is bullied knows the heartache and pain that is inflicted on one's self esteem and soul. Erin ...more
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sweet love story. A story where the main female character learns to love...herself and along the way finds that special someone who sees what she discovers. I have loved every book in this series and this one is no exception. You can read each book individually as a stand-alone but it does add to the pleasure if you read about all of the characters of Long Valley. Erin Wright takes you on a incredible journey with all of her characters and her plots always have an unexpected twist ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth novella in the Long Valley Series and is the story of Ivy and Austin. Ivy was forced to return to Idaho for hr parents 40th anniversary party. She had put off returning for five years because of bad memories there. Things change when she runs into a gorgeous cowboy. Their attraction is strong but they both have scars and secrets from their past. Lots of drama and suspense intermingled with a range of emotions. You'll be laughing and you'll be in tears. This was a great story ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This is a great Christmas novella that can be a stand-alone but is also part of the wonderful Long Valley series. Ivy and Austin could not be more different and she was only in town for a couple of days. To learn their story I recommend you buy this book. Erin Wright brings her characters to life and draws you in to their world. You will not be disappointed with this book ... or with the whole Long Valley
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wright continues to grow as an author and has the uncanny ability to develop characters you will love in a small amount of literary space. Christmas of Love is a novella that is certainly worth your time. It is filled with secrets and old hurts that define the characters' perspective on their current situations and relationships. Wright delves into a current societal issue in this novella as well. There is so much packed in this book. It is a highly recommended, must read this holiday season.

Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful love story that grabs your attention and keeps you enthralled. Ivy is gone visiting her family. She meets Austin whose been there for a while. I've had allot of angst from growing up in the town while Austin has his own issues. They are drawn to each other but each are lying to themselves. When deceptions are revealed, hurt and anger take over.
A beautiful poignant story about two lost should finding each A great read!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
Gwen Smith-leak
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ivy came home for her parent anniversary party and had intended on going back to her life. She was a artist try to make a go of it , she has been waiting tables to help pay her rent . She was worry over how she was going to tell her parents it hadn’t worked out. . In the mean time she had been on a few date with Austin and boy was was he hot. You have Iris and Declan that appears in this story as well. Find
Vivian Chrisman
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Christmas love..

Unlike Ivy, I love returning to Long Valley. When her parent's 40th wedding anniversary party forces her to return home, Ivy is counting down the hours until she can leave. Then she meets Austin. Maybe he can keep her distracted when Ivy gets stuck staying longer than she likes. Both Ivy and Austin have secrets. Will these secrets put coal in their stockings this Christmas or will Santa bring
Marichus Real
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ivy has returned home after too many years away. She has been following her dreams, or so everybody thinks.
Austin doesn’t trust women easily after what happened with her ex-fiancée. However, he can’t get Ivy out of his mind.
Both of them have secrets and they feel insecure. They are afraid of the other person knowing them.
The book is well-written and easy to read. A beautiful Christmas story to read on a cold evening, sitting down by the fireplace. The characters are likeable and you will fall in
Jacqueline Ellison
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
A well written romance with amazing characters and storyline. I really enjoyed reading Christmas of Love and getting to know Ivy and Austin. They have such wonderful chemistry and the friendship they built was touching. Erin Wright did a fantastic job writing how Ivy was bullied in high school and how it caused her to move to California.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all the Long Valley books and this one is a great addition to the series! I fell in love with Ivy and Austin. Their story is a sweet romance that invoked many different emotions while reading. They were a couple I just couldn't help but root for. This one is a definite recommend from me.
*I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This is my honest review.*
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Get out the Kleenex, this one had me in tears. Ivy and Austin both have baggage, but their friendship that turns into romance is sweet and easy. Until Ivy lets the last shoe drop. This tale is so heartbreaking at times, but not depressing. There is hope right along with it. These everyday Joe characters are fully formed and make you feel like their friend. At the end maybe a happy tear, at least a smile and a sigh. ...more
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USA Today Bestselling author Erin Wright has worked every job under the sun, including library director, barista, teacher, website designer, and ranch hand helping brand cattle, before settling into the career she’s always dreamed about: Author.

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