20 November 2017

Heartwarming Holiday Cheer | Christmas in Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts


When Muriel Sterling released her new book, A Guide to Happy Holidays, she felt like the queen of Christmas. She's thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off—until she gets it out of the box and realizes it's a mangy dud. But rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there's a lesson to be learned: everything and everyone has potential. Maybe even her old friend Arnie, who's loved her for years. Except, she's not the only one seeing Arnie's potential… 

Meanwhile, Muriel's ugly-tree project has also inspired her friends. Sienna Moreno is trying to bring out the best in the grouchy man next door, who hates noise, hates kids and hates his new neighbors. And while Olivia Claussen would love to send her obnoxious new daughter-in-law packing, she's adjusting her attitude and trying to discover what her son sees in the girl. If these women can learn to see the beauty in the "ugly trees" in their lives, perhaps this might turn out to be the happiest holiday yet.


Taking readers on one last trip to Icicle Falls, Christmas in Icicle Falls delivers a story full of heartwarming holiday cheer. It’s charming and sweet and a perfect read for this time of year.

In this last book, three Icicle Falls women have difficult people in their lives and, embracing the spirit of the holidays, endeavor to see their potential, responding in kindness instead of negativity, calling it their Ugly Tree Project. Naturally, the project has its ups and downs, with some humor and surprises. The characters encounter their share of frustrations and obstacles, but still have plenty of great moments of friendship, love, and new beginnings.

Christmas in Icicle Falls is a delight to read, and I recommend it to readers in need of a feel-good holiday read. Fans of the Icicle Falls series especially will not want to miss this conclusion, as many familiar characters make last appearances throughout the story, which added an extra fun element for me (even though I’ve only read a couple other books in the series).


Thanks to Pump Up Your Book, I received a complimentary copy of Christmas in Icicle Falls and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


USA Today best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books published in multiple languages and made into movies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, dividing her time between a waterfront condo and a beach home. When she’s not on the tennis courts or partying with friends she can be found writing about those things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

Her latest women’s fiction is Christmas in Icicle Falls.

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