Happily Letter After is like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie, until that one weird scene.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

I am in full holiday spirit mode so I jumped for joy and quickly purchased a book for my Kindle that promised to be a festive, feel-good read.

And Happily Letter After by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward didn’t disappoint.

It had all the great reviews I was looking for and was described as a “sweet romance” with “hilarious mishaps.”

In one particular scene involving a dog training session, I found myself laughing like a loon in a massage chair at Lux.

Poor Tim who was giving me one of his famous pedicures likely thought my feet had suddenly become ticklish.

But no, it was just one of those “hilarious mishaps,” something Happily Letter After has no shortage of.

The 299-page novel is a cross between Sleepless in Seattle and Sex in the City.

Here is the short version: Sadie is a magazine columnist who plays “Santa” during the holidays when kids write to the “North Pole.”

When “Santa” receives a letter from young Birdie (who just lost her mom to cancer), Sadie feels a strange connection to the girl, and answers by sending a few gifts to fulfill Sadie’s wish.

Before long more letters and gifts are sent and Sadie finds herself in over her head.

Then she sets her eyes on Birdie’s hot, single dad, and, well, you can imagine what happens next.

Except, you really can’t.

Because the twists and turns are so funny and entertaining that you will find yourself laughing out loud and falling in love with Birdie and Sadie (and eventually Sebastian-the-Hot-Dad).

I do have one word of warning though: In the middle of this sweet tale comes an unexpected twist in the form of a semi-graphic sex scene I feel certain wasn’t Santa-approved.

While I could have done without that, Happily Letter After was a book I needed.

It’s cheerful, funny, festive and sentimental and will make you want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and spend the afternoon reading.

I downloaded it on my Kindle for free through Amazon Prime.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

Happy reading!