Just Like Magic, a review by Shelley

posted in: Shelley | 0

Sarah Hogle

G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
368 pages
Goodreads | Amazon

β€œHe gives his harness bells a shake, to ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep of easy wind and downy flake.”
– Robert Frost

Like the title suggests this book was pure Christmas magic and very much like a HallmarkChritmas movie, which usually isn’t my thing, but Sarah Hogle did something here that I very much enjoyed. What I have noticed a lot of lately are stories of characters with (a fake) happy social media life but real life is actually a suck fest. It really is the case a lot of the time.

I found it funny when Bettie wanted to restart her entrance over and over again, with her wild wishes getting more and more outrageous as she goes along. That was the best part of the book for me. Hall has a childlike innocence that I found very sweet. I loved these characters so much but especially Hall he was over the top and very cheesy! Bettie, it took a minute for her to grow on me but over the course of the book, her heart grew three sizes. I guess the old saying that opposites attract is the point of this plot.

This book was a combination of the movie Elf (Hall) and the TV show The Grinch (Bettie) Who Stole Christmas. I loved all the old movie references as I am a lover of classic film myself. being my favourite actor of all time and he gets his due in this book. This book surprised me in all the best ways but especially by how emotional it got and gave me all the feels. Three and a half stars rounded up.

This title is currently available for purchase.

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *