A Small-Town Christmas Challenge by Susanne Dietze – Book Review

Posted December 1, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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A Small-Town Christmas Challenge by Susanne Dietze – Book Review

A Small-Town Christmas Challenge

by Susanne Dietze

Series: Widow's Peak Creek #3
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Published by Harlequin, Love Inspired
Publication Date November 30, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 224


Will reviving an old tradition

be the start of something new?

When she inherits a beautiful historic house, nurse Leah Dean knows selling it could solve all her problems. But there’s just one catch—she and co-owner Pastor Benton Hunt must cohost the Gingerbread Gala in the home first. As Christmas approaches, Leah and Benton grow closer, and parting with the house—and each other—is not as easy as they thought…

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: A Future for His Twins, Seeking Sanctuary, A Need to Protect

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I have found that Romance-only stories tend to be trite and can feel like they don’t really go anywhere. Or they have too much drama that feels overdone. So clearly, a balance is needed to give the story a little bit more than boy meets girl. Susanne Dietze has achieved that balance in A Small-Town Christmas Challenge.

Both Leah and Benton are believers. Leah’s father was a pastor and she has known the Lord her entire life – or so it would seem. Benton came to know the Lord and answered the call to become a pastor, pouring his heart into his congregation. Their friends seemed to think they would make a great match – but each has a painful past that kept them from pursuing a relationship.

I loved these two and the way they each loved the people around them. The sacrificial service Leah offered her patients and her grandmother, who couldn’t even remember who Leah was most of the time, was quite beautiful. The brokenness of Benton’s family and his desire to try to keep their problems a secret stirred my emotions.

This lovely story was a pleasure to read. Watching Lean and Benton plan the Gingerbread Gala together, and fall in love was such fun and was the perfect story for me to read to lift my spirits after a tiring work week.

Readers who love to read romance with a strong plot and a clear Christian thread will enjoy A Small-Town Christmas Challenge. Reading the other stories in the Widow’s Peak Creek series first is optional; although it will help you know the backstories of some of the secondary characters.

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About Susanne Dietze

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s an award-winning, RWA RITA®-nominated author who’s seen her work on the ECPA, Amazon, and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama.

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