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A Town Called Noelle

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Just a few days before Christmas, high-flying city exec Brooke Hawkins is forced to return to her small home town due to the death of her mother, who she hasn’t spoken to since she left for college over a decade before. The town, Noelle, is as full of the Christmas spirit as its name suggests. Brooke is more of the “Bah, Humbug” persuasion. She has a funeral to attend, ...more
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Published December 2nd 2019 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.50 Stars. I thought this was a cute holiday romance. In keeping my pledge to read some holiday stories this month, this book easy caught my attention. This is a novella length story and my first read by the Hardy ladies. I did enjoy this and it was the kind of sweet holiday story I prefer, but I did feel it had a few bumps.

This is one those stories about a relative dying and leaving property to another relative. Brooke hates the small Christmas town of Noelle and just wants to sell her mother’
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Jude
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I used to love Christmas as a child, then as the parent of a young child, but I don’t so much anymore. Dealing with family isn’t as easy as I wish it were. I still love the idea of Christmas however, and Christmas novellas are like tiny presents with all the Christmas spirit inside them. When they’re good, they hold everything I love about Christmas: the lights, the smells, hot chocolate and love. They might be a tad (or a lot) cheesy, but it’s Christmas, so it’s okay.

Brooke Hawkins left Noelle,
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Corporate Slave
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first read by this author and I’m definitely going to look forward to her new books !
This was a short, sweet and cute read. Obviously it’s a novella and I felt it was very smooth!
I can’t say there were fireworks in the storyline, but I can say I enjoyed it. The thing is with novellas it’s tough getting that deep connection between the MCs, it rarely does work. And with this read, it wasn’t different, the connection wasn’t amazing.
Having said that, if you’re looking for a fluffy read that
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Betty
Spending Christmas in a small town called Noelle, especially if the weather is snowy and cold sounds like a wonderful idea unless you are Brooke Hawkins. Brooke has traveled from her home in Boston to Noelle, Michigan for her mother’s funeral. She has no desire to be in this town, and plans to stay only long enough for the funeral and to sign the papers needed to sell her mother’s property. The weather doesn’t help her plans though, since a huge snowstorm swoops in just as Brooke gets to town ...more
Chelsea
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an arc of this book on NetGalley

TW: brief mentions of homophobia

This book was like reading a hallmark Christmas movie with a F/F romance. There were so many Christmas romance tropes. For example, misunderstandings, awkward run ins, snow storms, power outages and so many other things that made this book such a quick and enjoyable read. Though, I do wish that there was more mentions of the bakery that one of the main characters owned because it was such a big part of the plot, also I
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Elske
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Liked this Christmas story. The romance developed very fast but was nice. 3.5 stars
Moony MeowPoff
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Quick and easy read, but it wasn't alot of characterbuilding in this novella, everything went fast, too fast for my taste.
Kayla
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a solid 4-star read for me. If you're looking for a quick holiday novella that features a sapphic relationship, I'd highly recommend picking this one up. It definitely wasn't perfect but it was so nice to read a wholesome, warm holiday romance that didn't feature a straight couple.

I don't read very many novellas so I don't have much to compare this one to. It did feel like the relationship wasn't fully fleshed out and I would have
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Jeff
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish there was a way to give 1/2 star ratings here. I would give this a 3.5 instead of just a 3. I very much enjoyed the storyline and it is a very cute holiday novella. With it being a novella, the storyline is rushed a little bit. The main characters hate each other at the very beginning of the book, but it seems like their turn toward friendship takes a hard and fast turn. It felt like more needed to be told to get the characters into that friendship role than was presented. I did enjoy the ...more
Susan
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of A Town Called Noelle by MKHardy via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. One thing I expect from a story set in a quintessentially US town in the northern Lower Peninsula, such as I lived in as a child, is US spelling. Stumbling across multiple British spellings pulled me out of the story. Central air means air conditioning, which few use during a snowstorm. The story lost a star due to not using US English. I had to google some of the British ...more
Andi
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Very cute Christmas novella. A short and sweet enemies-to-lovers story.

Brooke is forced to return to small-town Noelle, Michigan to settle her late mother's estate. Looking to sell off the properties quickly to an outside developer, Brooke is held up by a series of blizzards and her growing concern/attraction for Holly, a soon-to-be evicted tenant in one of the properties.

Short book, ten days to lovers romance. Sure it's fast; sure Holly's never fallen for a woman before. Don't over analyze,
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Nicola Short
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Town Called Noelle is a cute holiday novella. It is heartwarming and just a general feel good read. I found the main characters well developed and intriguing.
If you are in the mood for a sweet Christmas romance, pick this book up.
Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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MK Hardy is the pen name for two geeky women living and writing together in Scotland. They’ve been writing partners for eleven years and life partners for nine. When they’re not typing frantically at one another they like to walk the dogs, cuddle the cats, drink cocktails and play boardgames.