by: Dani Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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Eager for a home-style Christmas while she considers a career shift, Kristen Benz leaps on the temporary job at Mistletoe Chalet. Soon she’s wrapping presents, trimming the tree, and helping her new boss’s tween daughter plan a Christmas Eve vow renewal for her parents. The holiday is imbued with a magical glow—especially when Kristen’s high school sweetheart appears on the doorstep.
After years of medical school, Finn Garrett has promised his parents he’ll be home for the holidays. His detour to see his first love is supposed to provide closure, not rekindle their long-ago romance.
Can a matchmaking tween and the magic of Mistletoe Chalet spark the happily ever after that eluded them in the past?
Hi Dani. Welcome back to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. How are you?
Hi Kim, I’m fantastic. Thank you so much for hosting me today!
You’re very welcome. Congratulations on the release of Wedding at Mistletoe Chalet. First of all, please tell me about Mistletoe Chalet (the place).
It’s a family-run lodge that also operates snow-cat skiing, which means they have a bus of sorts, mounted on tracks. This allows them to crawl around the mountain to pockets of snow that would otherwise only be accessible by helicopter.
Tell me about Kristen Benz and Finn Garrett.
Kristen and Finn grew up next door to each other. Finn was best friends with Kristen’s brother. She felt like the tag along until her last summer after high school when she and Finn began dating. They broke up after they left for different colleges. She really thought he was The One and so did their parents and everyone else.
What makes them ready for an HEA this time around?
They acknowledge that while their feelings were real, they were both too young. As hurt as Kristen was, she realizes that time of independence allowed her to pursue her dreams and this time, they are both sure they know what they want. Finn is completing his residency, so he is more than ready to start his ‘real’ life.
What’s your favorite part of a book to write?
You mean in general? I’ve never been asked this. Hmm. I think I love best when I’m able to write a scene of intimacy. Not necessarily physically, but when I can delve into the deepest sludge of a character. When I can have them admit to something that pains them, but the other character doesn’t reject them. They help them accept that terrible flaw.
I also love when I can include some humor. We all need to laugh!!
Those can really be some amazing scenes. And laughter is always important. Tell me about one of your favorite scenes from the book and why is it a favorite?
Further to above about laughing, I had Finn tell a story from their childhood when Kristen’s brother was chased by a moose. Finn is still laughing about it and I very much hope that readers will enjoy it.
Can you tell me a fun fact or two about Wedding at Mistletoe Chalet?
#1 – Originally, I was going to write this as a crossover between my Love in Montana series and my Blue Spruce Lodge series. After chatting with my publisher about a bunch of stuff, I decided to write this as a standalone.
#2 – My parents were living with us when all of this was going on. They had been evacuated out of their home by record spring floods that kept them with us for two months! My mom helped me brainstorm the title.
Sorry about the floods. But it’s pretty cool your mom helped with the title. What’s your favorite way to spend Christmas?
I’m one of those people who finds Christmas quite stressful, probably because I’m usually trying to finish a book. I tend to prefer the season to be as low-key as possible. However, this year, my sister is coming home from Brisbane, Australia with her family. My other sister will be in town and my own kids are coming home so it will be a huge crowd, but I expect it will also be very, very fun.
That sounds really good. Hopefully, you will be able to relax and enjoy everyone. Dani, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for me.
My pleasure. Thanks for having me!
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