Christmas with the Recluse
by Victorine E. Lieske
Publication Date November 26, 2018
Genres: Christmas, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
When Charley gets sent by her father to appraise a mansion full of antiques, she gets a surprise when she arrives and the owner is cold and mean, and doesn’t want anything to do with Christmas. And even worse? It’s not really an appraisal job at all. He just wants her to clean out his mountain of junk from his garage. But Charley makes it her goal to show him that Christmas is a special time of year. And as time goes on, she sees his frozen heart start to thaw.
Alexander has been dealing with the guilt from his wife’s death for two long years. It’s time to move past, so he hires someone to help rid his garage of his wife’s memories. But when she arrives, she’s not at all what he was expecting. And even though she’s a bit crazy, she helps him find his Christmas spirit once again.
I would like to thank Victorine Lieske for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Author Victorine Lieske has a gift for writing witty dialog! I have so much fun reading her books and find so many quotable quotes – and have noticed that most of them are conversations.
Christmas with the Recluse is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast with some twists. I like that it has some parallels and yet doesn’t attempt to simply change the setting – there are enough differences that it is a story all its own.
Charley is a spunky, vivacious woman. Alexander doesn’t know what to make of her. She is not at all what he expected, aside from the fact she is female. Their relationship was amusing. There was a secondary romance in this story as well – I’ll let you read this to see about that one.
If you enjoy sweet romance mixed with humor, this is a great read this Christmas season.