BOOK REVIEW: Sawdust and Mistletoe by Michelle Pennington


Title: Sawdust and Misteletoe
Author: Michelle Pennington
Publication: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Independent Publishing
Genre: Romance, Clean Romance
Pages: 188


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

By December first, Ava Grisham is already sick of Christmas. Unfortunately, she has to survive decorating for her boss’s wealthy clients so she can afford to quit after New Year’s. Everything is on track for her to start her own design company until she hires a new handyman and all her meticulous plans fall apart. Not only is her future business in danger, but so is her heart. Hunter is talented, strong, and charming, but falling for such a free-and-easy man will only lead to heartbreak.

Hunter Newman loves his single life with no responsibilities, but he’s always there for his family. When his brother loses his job, he drives across the country to help however he can. Then he meets Ava and realizes his brother isn’t the only one who needs help. Ava captivates him with her determination and warm heart, but she’s lost the joy of Christmas. He’s determined to put the sparkle back in her eyes, even if it means risking his heart.

Somewhere between the twinkle lights and candy canes, they’ll discover the magic of the season. But can they find a way to be together?


This book was simply delightful!  If you’re looking for a short, sweet, clean romance, you’ll find it here!  Pennington writes stories that make me envision a perfectly tied bow on a present once I’m done reading.  No loose ends, no questions!  I’ve read several of Pennington’s books before, but this was the first in the Christmas in Willow Falls series.

In this particular book, readers follow Ava and Hunter as they navigate their newfound friendship.  Ava is an interior decorator, and Hunter is a handyman.  When their paths cross for work, neither of them are the same again!  Both with their quirks, they have to make some big decisions about what (and who) they want in life.   There are several secondary characters I found enjoyable in this book, too.  Hunter’s niece Molly and some of Ava’s clients are quite memorable!  Good dialogue written by Pennington and decent character development that keeps you wanting more.

Other than a few grammatical errors (which are hard for me to ignore), this was a great read.  I definitely plan to read more of Pennington’s books in the future because they just put me in a good mood.

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