Title: Snowball’s Christmas
BY: Kristen McKanagh
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
Snowball—an aptly named bundle of feline fluff—is thankful to be spending her first Christmas in the comfort of Weber Haus, the Victorian B&B run by Miss Tilly. Emily Diemer, who cooks for the guests, dotes on Snowball, but she’s not thrilled about another new arrival at the B&B: Miss Tilly’s nephew, Lukas. Which is odd, because Snowball’s animal instincts tell her that Lukas and Emily should definitely be friends.
Everything Emily needs is in this quaint community—including, she hopes, the chance to open her own bakery one day. She doesn’t think much of Lukas for leaving his aging aunt to struggle while he jets around the world taking photographs. But now that he’s here, helping to spruce up the property and getting mixed up in Snowball’s antics, she begins to soften a little. Until she learns what he has planned.
Lukas is going to sell Weber Haus so that Miss Tilly can retire. But Snowball is certain that this B&B, and these people, are supposed to be her forever home. Somehow she has to get these stubborn humans to see things through the wisdom of a cat’s eye and a kitten’s loyal, loving heart . . . (Goodreads)
Snowball’s Christmas is a cute, short, delightful Christmas themed romance.
The story begins with Miss Tilly telling Snowball (the white fluffy kitten living at Weber Haus – a Victorian B&B) that Lukas (her great nephew) is coming homing for the holidays. Then immediately the narrative switches to Snowball telling the story. If the reader is not paying attention, it can become confusing for a moment until the reader realizes which point of view (POV) i.e. human or kitten, the story is being told from (but only for a moment ☺). The switching between POV happens frequently enough throughout the story – so be on the lookout for this.
Emily cooks (among many other tasks) for the B&B with aspirations of opening her own bakery in the near future. Immediately she has preconceived notions about Lukas – after all – he leaves his great aunt all alone, traveling the world taking photographs and does not even help Miss Tilly! So when they meet, their relationship is off to a rocky start.
Lukas is home for the holidays, to help Miss Tilly with the B&B, and hopefully to convince her to sell and move into a residence more geared towards her advancing age. He first meets Emily when he drives up to the B&B and follows behind her – sees Snowball hidden in Emily’s bag and immediately begins taking some candid shots of the kitten.
As with any love story – it is filled with mishaps and a bumpy ride to the HEA (happily ever after). And this story is no exception – especially with the antics of Snowball and her fluff ball attempts at match making. Throw in a local man who hopes to win Emily’s heart, Miss Tilly’s nephews attempts at showing the inn with the idea of selling (the only home he remembers) and Emily’s hopes and dreams of a bakery and what does the reader have – a holiday themed romance which keeps the reader wondering if Emily and Lukas are ever going to figure out and act on their mutual attraction – even with Snowball’s crazy antics.
Love the cover – very cute!!! I found the main characters had enough depth (even for a shorter story) and the storyline had enough twists and turns (and a bit of intrigue) to keep my interest throughout. And humorous events abounded when Snowball got it into her mind on a course of action, which usually ensued with unexpected consequences.
If you are looking for a quick read, with a holiday theme, an adorable, mischief making kitten and a bit of romance – then pull up a comfy chair with a cup of tea and settle down for an enjoyable read.