It Started With Christmas by Jenny Hale | Book Review

It Started With Christmas by Jenny Hale was essentially a marshmallow dream to read. This is exactly the kind of book that needs a Hallmark movie. Which makes sense, because Jenny Hale has like two Hallmark movies based on her Christmas books already AND I CAN SEE WHY. This is a book to soothe your soul with its gentleness.

So, It Started With Christmas follows Holly who travels to the family cabin which is not being rented out during the week of Christmas. Her Nana decides she wants to spend Christmas at the cabin which from what I gather is just outside Nashville. Anyways, the two get to the cabin and as it turns out, the renter, Joe, has not left yet because of the snow storm.

The three end up snowed in together. Holly’s going to try her best to make this holiday season special for her Nana who is still grieving the death of Papa. Oh and to complicate matters, an old flame/friend is back in town – Rhett.

You know how a lot of Hallmark movies are about the high powered business woman who visits the country and gives up her relationship with another high powered business city man for a guy who wears flannel? Well, this book is the OPPOSITE of that. What I mean is, Holly is a country girl who is a waitress (and she’s great at it). She finds herself falling for Joe, who is the high powered city guy – from the biggest of cities – NYC. Alas, Joe has a secret.

I like that It Started With Christmas flips the trope on its head. I also loved how genuinely kind Holly was. She sees the goodness in Joe. However, she doesn’t act on the attraction because she’s a good person. If you’re looking for a sweet romance with no adult scenes, this is the one. ALSO there’s a part where I had tears running down my face like a goober BECAUSE it gets really emotional.

On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does It Started With Christmas Have?

Some might call It Started At Christmas saccharine. I call it balm for the work weary soul. You know what, sometimes I just want a book that allows me to take the load off and relax. This is the kind of book that brims with the true spirit of Christmas and kindness. It has sweet characters and a wonderful ending. I was super invested in this book and would happily recommend it. I look forward to diving into more by Jenny Hale and eventually watching the Hallmark movies based on her books.


Some might call It Started At Christmas saccharine. I call it balm for the work weary soul. You know what, sometimes I just want a book that allows me to take the load off and relax.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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