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A Town Called Noelle

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  35 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
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’
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
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,
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lights out.

Brooke has to visit the town she fled years ago to take care of some loose ends as a result of her estranged mother's death. She was left with some property that she is eager to get rid of. But there is a feisty owner of a bakery who doesn't appreciate the gift of eviction

I loved how Holly didn't know how to play nice with Brooke. She would try and then become so upset that she could not control what she would say. I'm always up for a good enemies to lovers story. Since this is
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
3.5 Stars for this Christmas novella

Advertising Executive, Brooke Hawkins is forced to return to her hometown, Noelle, Michigan after her mother dies. Brooke and her mother had been estranged such that, Brooke hadn’t had any contact with her mother since she left for college. Brooke needs to finalize her mother’s will so she can also finalize selling her Mother’s various properties to Heartspring Spas. She is hoping to have everything done before Dec. 25 and forever leave and forget Noelle. One
Brooke returns to her hometown after many years away to settle her mother’s estate and sell off all the properties she owned. She clashes with bakery owner Holly who has finally begun to turn a profit with her shop. Holly stands up for herself but grumpy Brooke is reluctant to spend any more time in the town she hates. Cue the endless snowstorms, forced togetherness and eventual thawing of hearts.

It’s hard to develop characters enough to capture the reader's interest in a novella. The little
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A genuine old fashioned, feel-good holiday tale. Holly is a single mother who works tenaciously to succeed with her bakery. A do it all woman who isn’t going to let obstacles get in the way of making a better life for Maya, her daughter, and herself. But then comes the news that the new building owner is going to sell.

Brooke has bitter feelings towards the town and does not even blink at what’s going to happen to her old school mate once she’s sold the property. Since it belonged to her
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
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
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.
Dec 22, 2019 added it
This story rather follows the typical Hallmark style Christmas movie setting, which was overall pleasant. Noelle follows the story of Brooke and Holly, two women with different agendas. Brooke wishes to severe all connections with the quaint town of Noelle, even if that means selling the bakery that Holly uses to support herself and her dreams. Over the course of the book, one is brought into the bustling town of Noelle and the people within it. I found it fascinating to see how the two lives of ...more
This sounded like a perfect read for me but unfortunately I just couldn't get on board with the romance here. I feel like this was meant to be an enemies-to-lovers romance but I just never truly felt that there was any real anonymity between Holly and Brooke so the development between them seemed strangely paced to me.

*ARC copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
isa Simonet
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-romance
A great read.
This was a cute Christmas romance, adorable and enjoyable. I don't read very many novellas so I don't compare with others. I mention that there are no explicit sex scenes in this romance.
If I recommend this book? absolutely!
Joyfully Jay
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Holiday story coupled with the snowed in trope? This was an easy pick for me, despite never having read this author duo before. Fortunately for me, Hardy didn’t disappoint with this story, which is classic holiday in the best of ways.

Brooke’s childhood was fraught with a mentally abusive mother, and Brooke is stuck with the fact that the town’s perception of her late mother is nothing like who she actually was. On top of that, Brooke’s own perception of the town
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wlw, lgbtq
Brooke is basically Scrooge, and she has to return to the Christmas-loving small town she grew up in when her mother passes away, to sell her mother's property.

Brooke's mother used to be Holly's landlady, who has a coffee shop in town. She's not happy to hear Brooke will be selling. So needless to say, these women don't get along well at the start of the book.

What I didn't understand though, was how much they switched between being civil, and even friendly, with each other, and then going back
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a Hallmark movie in a book, and gay, I have just the book for you. It takes about as much time to read as to watch a holiday-themed movie, and it's an adorably sweet story. Bonus for those not into the steamy scenes, this one's a solid PG-13.

Brooke is coming home to bury her mother at Christmastime and sell off her assets. Her mother was pretty beloved by the town, but none of the townsfolk had to live with Brooke's mother and her abusive tendencies. Holly rented her bakery
Aleana Harris
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

This was a cute fluffy Christmas romance.

Brooke doesn't want to return to her small-town in Noelle, Michigan but when she has to settle her mother affairs she wants to do it in a hurry so she can leave.

Holly is a baker and she has a daughter name Maya when she learns the owner daughter plan to sell the building where her business is at let's just say when they meet it's fireworks and not the
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
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could've been a Hallmark movie. If, you know, queer people existed in the Hallmark world.

A few days before Christmas, Brooke Hawkins is forced to return to Noelle, the small town she grew up in. She has to attend her mother's funeral and sell off the real estate she has inherited. She wants to get in, take care of business, and leave again as soon as possible. But bad weather gets in the way of that. To make matters worse, Brooke keeps running into Holly Jackson, a single mother who is
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
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read this just before the holidays bit haven’t had a chance to post my review. This is a nice enough Christmas novella. It features Brooke, who is returning to the home town she hates to bury her mother and settle her mother’s estate and Holly who owns a bakery, is a single mother, and is about to be evicted by Brooke. Brooke’s kind of a Scrooge or grinch, not sure which, but she hates the town and Xmas, and unfortunately for her is
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
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The beginning of this book is slow, with occasionally clunky writing, but once the heroines started talking to one another this turned into a sweet, low heat f/f Christmas romance with an enemies to lovers plot. Holly’s personality shined, and I loved her interactions with her precocious but kind daughter, Maya (who quickly attaches herself to Brooke and brings her into their lives whether Holly likes it or not). Holly comes out to herself through discovering her feelings for Brooke.

Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-published, arc
A Town Called Noelle is an enjoyable Holiday romance. This novella moves pretty quick, so don't blink. Brooke goes back to her hometown of Noelle to bury her mom and sell off her properties as quickly as possible. The problem is Holly has a bakery in one of the properties that is set to sell. Brooke and Holly get off to a rough start, but as they are forced to spend more time together, Brooke begins to lighten up and has a decision to make. These two initially don't have a ton of chemistry ...more
Eleana Tyradelli
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I read the ARC provided to me by Netgalley.

A sweet Christmas romance novella with good prose and likable characters.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4, because I really feel that the length of the novella did not do justice neither to the story nor to the characters. The main characters went from not knowing each other to sort-of-enemies to lovers in 7 days and that's not enough time neither in reality nor within a fictional story. There wasn't time for the reader to really bond with the characters, or
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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,
Dec 15, 2019 added it
4 stars

Method read: ebook

This was such a delightful Christmas read. It's so fluffy and sweet with so much kindness and softness and healing. It's everything I could want in a Christmas romance. I wish it had been longer because I wanted more of Brooke and Holly! I did wish the characters had had more chemistry but that's one of my only complaints.

This made me so happy to read and really left me feeling cheerful and Christmas-y. I'm so glad I read this and might get a copy so I can read it next
Jacqueline Allan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sincere thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for providing me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed this story very much and felt like I knew each character personally due to the description of them. I enjoyed the storyline. This is not my usual genre but in this instance I am extremely pleased and grateful for opening up my mind to something totally different. Thanks again.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, lgbt, 2-stars
This was a quick cute read and I did enjoy it! However, I felt like their pacing of friendship was forced and that this story was going for an enemies to lovers trope but these characters were never really enemies. I also didn't really feel their chemistry, however in the last chapter they were very cute, I can't deny that!
Overall I'm glad I read this but I wouldn't read again.
[I received a copy on NetGalley for an honest review]
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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.