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Christmas at Holiday House

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,014 ratings  ·  325 reviews
In the town of Silver Bells, there’s always a feeling of Christmas in the air… Let love—and RaeAnne Thayne—melt your heart this holiday season!

This New Year will bring widowed nurse Abigail Powell a fresh start in a different city. Excited about the chance to create an unforgettable Christmas for her young son in picturesque Silver Bells, Colorado, Abby has been hired to
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by HQN Books
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Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne is a 2020 HQN publication.

We have a winner!

I should have known RaeAnne Thayne would deliver!

This novel features two love stories. The primary romance is centered around Abigail and her son, Christopher. Abigail is widowed and looking to make a big change to help her move on with her life. Before she heads out to her new destination, her best friend Lucy begs her to take care of her grandmother, Winnie, who is recovering from an injury. How co
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I had a really good time in the town of Silver Bells. I loved the Holiday House and Grandma Winnie was great. The romance between Ethan and Abby was one for the books. Of course I can't leave out sweet Christopher.
I will be sitting on pins and needles until next year to see what Thayne gives us for Christmas.
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Get ready to fall in love with these characters, this town and this story! I was not ready, thinking it was just going to be a run of the mill Christmas romance. But this went deeper than that, and I adored it!

👍 What I Liked 👍

Characters: There were so many amazing characters in this book! Not only the main characters but also all the secondary characters were so great and fleshed out, they really felt like real people. Each had a distinct personality which I
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first RaeAnne Thayne book and I quite enjoyed my visit to Silver Bells. I especially loved the Christmasy vibe throughout. A lot of times Christmas seems to be a two dimensional backdrop in a holiday romance but it's front and center in this second chance romance. Great pacing with just enough angst to keep Abby and Ethan wary of each other without going overboard. And there's even a bonus love story and some great secondary characters that made me smile. A feel-good-got-me-in-the-hol ...more
DNF 20%
Life’s too short for boring books.
This was a cute Christmas contemporary romance book. I was nervous it wouldn't have enough Christmas but it did! I enjoyed the fun activities and the relationships between the characters. ...more
Every year I get caught up in the sweet stories that revolve around the holidays. Some are beautifully written, others are a bit too saccharine for my taste; still others are so wonderful that you remember them for seasons to come. Christmas at Holiday House is one of those. It is a multi-generational story revolving around a beautiful Victorian house - the Holiday House - that becomes a character in its own right. If you only read one holiday tale this year, Christmas at Holiday House should be ...more
Jennifer Brown
Average romance novel. I wasn't really invested in the characters outcome, but was interested enough to stick through until the end. Not sure if I'll read more by this author in the future. ...more
Susan Peterson
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas at Holiday House is all that you'd expect from a Christmas story, and more! Small town, Christmassy-setting with lots of snow? Check! Quirky and endearing characters? Check! Visions of lights and Christmas trees and snowmen? Check! Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses? Check! What I loved most about this particular book, and the fact that we get TWO romances, not just one, is that it's not easy for these characters to open their hearts to love. It was wonderful to watch as their he ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
A cute xmassy book.

Abby comes with her son to a sweet little town. She will only stay a little while to help out a friend's grandma. And Abby is sweet, kind. She lost her husband and is trying to move on with her life.

Christmas is also around the corner, and they are prepping the house for it. Very xmassy, with snow, skiing and more.

And of course she meets at first grumpy guy called Ethan, who thinks his grandma should be in a home so she wont get hurt. But Ethan was a sweetie, also a stupid id
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming Christmas story that will melt your heart.
Amazing characters that draw you into the story,
I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I’m just in the mood for an uncomplicated, easy read and when that mood strikes, I know I can always count on RT to deliver. If it’s a holiday book from her then it’s even better because besides her trademark sweet and tender vibes you get all the holiday cheer as well! This was no exception and totally fit the Bill as far as being exactly the right book at exactly the right time for me.

A quaint little setting is so important for me in a romance and Silver Bells was beyond idyllic. It
Lisa Malmquist
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abigail Powell house and help her grandmother as the grandmother-Winnie, has fallen and broken a wrist and hurt her ankle.
Abigail is a trained nurse with a 5 year old boy.
Lucy, her best friend has convinced her to go and have a wonderful Christmas with her little boy.
When Abigail gets to Silver Bells, Colorado to take care of Winnie, she runs into Ethan Lancaster, Winnie's grandson. He is convinced that his grandmother should go to a rehab home and the house is too much to take care of anyway. B
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
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A RaeAnne Thayne book is something I always savor, but her Christmas novels? They are something to cherish. Christmas at Holiday House turned out to be a shining example of the reason for the Season and will definitely tug at your heartstrings.

You already know I’m a huge fan of all of RaeAnne Thayne’s work. There’s something rather magical, though, about the holiday stories she so lovingly creates. And the wonderful book covers
Lauren R.
This was cute but not my favorite from Thayne. Her books have gotten even cleaner and more wholesome, which isn't necessarily an issue with a Hallmark movie-style Christmas book but it bugged me in this one. The dialogue and internal thoughts are so repetitive - the characters keep having the same conversations or thinking the same things over and over. Holiday House was a fun setting and Silver Bells is clearly a town that could be explored a lot more. Also, very weird that Lucy had a POV every ...more
2.5 stars. I liked the idea of the story and the characters but it felt as if I was reading a short story or novella that had been expanded to a full length book. Parts of it really dragged and, although I’m a fan of the “slow burn” story, I got very impatient with the cluelessness of these characters.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books, romance
Single mother Abby Powell arrives at Silver Bells with her five-year-old son, Christopher, on a day before Thanksgiving after her best friend, Lucy Lancaster, called her in frantic asking for Abby’s help to take care of Lucy’s grandmother. Winnie Lancaster sustained a serious fall, and Lucy cannot be there right away, because she’s still in Thailand.

Abby is looking for a memorable holiday for her son – before they must leave their home in Phoenix to Austin for Abby’s new job – so she accepts. B
Natalie Kelly
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following the death of her husband a couple of years ago nurse Abby is looking for a fresh start. With a new job and a move to Texas in the new year Abby agrees to help out friend Lucy over Christmas. Lucy’s grandmother has had a fall and needs some help before Lucy’s bother Ethan puts her into an assisted living residence. Abby agrees to spend Christmas in the small town of Silver Bells Colorado at the family’s grand house. Abby and young son Christopher get a frosty reception from Ethan, but i ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet Christmas book! It was cozy, warm and predictable. Just what I look for in a Christmas book! The setting was beautiful and the setting descriptions added to the cozy feeling of the book. The romances (yes, plural!) were sweet and moved along at a nice clip. This was a feel good book full of Christmas cheer! My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
The Lit Bitch
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RaeAnne Thayne was an author that I didn’t think I was going to like when I picked up one of her books for the very first time. The cover reminded me of something that my grandma might read…..a small town country romance with cliche characters.

After reading the first book by Thayne, I fell in love with her books and have read a number of them since the first one! I especially love her holiday romances. JOLLY. GOOD.

I have devoured them in single sittings and this book was no different. This one i
Wickedly  Romance
Welcome to the small town of Silver Bells, Colorado! It is beyond is a perfect location for the Christmas season with it's snow-covered mountains, warm fires, and seasonal decorations. The description of the town and Holiday House is so well written in this book. You can easily picture them and feel as though you are there.

Abby's friend has asked her to travel from Arizona to Silver Bells to care for her grandmother who was injured in a fall. Abby agrees and packs up her son, Christopher, to do
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Christmas story is very predictable but a joy to read. Abby and her young son arrive in Silver Bell, Colorado to live and care for her best friends grandmother, Winnie. She's a nurse who is questioned and rebuffed by Winnie's adult grandson, Ethan. Of course sparks fly and Winnie and Abby prepare Holiday House for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. With a tender ankle, Winnie has Abby cooking and decorating and everyone happy and in the Christmas mood except for poor Ethan. A beautiful ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great holiday book perfect for lovers of Hallmark Movies!
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thayne-raeanne
Very sweet Christmas story.
Darlene Burgess
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good storyline and strong characters. I enjoyed the tenderness between Ethan and Christopher. It was super sweet. I enjoyed the details and descriptions of the house and the room decor. The love story was something you could feel growing between the couples. Thank you for the story. Way to go RaeAnne.
Donna Repsher
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Few authors can match RaeAnne Thayne when it comes to writing sweet, charming, feel-good, sentimental Christmas stories that fill the reader with the warm fuzzies, and she's done it again in Christmas at Holiday House, her latest novel, which gets 5 stars from this reader.

The setting is as much a character in this story as the rest of the cast of characters, and that setting is Silver Bells, Colorado, a picture postcard of a quaint ski resort town, the center of he family's hotel/resort chain, a
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Christmas at Holiday House is a delightful and charming Christmas story. It is a multi-generational story revolving around a beautiful Victorian house, known as the Holiday House. The owner of the house, 80 something Winnie, had a fall and needed a bit of help. Abby Powell and her son Christopher are asked by Abby's best friend if they could take care of her until she gets home. Thus begins this Christmas romance that is so much more.

I loved all the characters in this book, including the house t
Leanna Hiner
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great holiday book. RaeAnne Thayne is such a wonderful writer I have read most of her books. Abby is in Silver Springs, CO to as a favor to her friend Lucy and help Lucy’s grandmother Winnie after she has a fall that breaks her wrist and bruises some ribs. When Abby arrives in Silver Springs Lucy’s brother Ethan is trying to convince Winnie to move into a condo. Winnie is getting along pretty well and she gets Abby to help decorate hr large house for tours of the house that will be done as a fun ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*** I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***

I absolutely loved this book! The characters are full of chemistry. RaeAnne Thayne really brings them (Abby, Ethan, Chris, Winnie, Lucy, and Jose) to life and you feel like you are there in the Holiday House with them! This is a story of love, family, friendship, Christmas (obviously), and taking a leap of faith in life. I just cannot believe how much I enjoyed it! It has just the right amount of Christmas flavo
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