what I’m reading: the trouble with mistletoe by jill shalvis.

thr-touble-with-christmasIt’s December, so all month I’m reading holiday novels. What better way to get ready for Christmas?

I am a huge fan of Jill Shalvis and I know I can count on her when I am looking for a fun and entertaining book. All her books are delightful and filled with an eclectic cast of characters and this book did not disappoint.

After his great aunt drops her cat off at Keane Winters’s house, Keane is desperate to find someone to take care of it. Luckily, he stumbles across Willa Davis’s pet shop and begs the woman to help him. Willa is reluctant as Keane broke her heart so many years ago in high school. Feeling sorry for the cat, Willa agrees to take care of her as she realizes that Keane doesn’t remember who she is.

This was a funny and heartwarming book. Contrary to the book description, the main issue is not that Willa and Keane knew each other in high school and he doesn’t remember her. Rather the conflict is more about Willa and Keane dealing with commitment and learning to trust each other and themselves.

There are so many great characters in this book, especially Petunia the cat (or Pita as Keane has nicknamed her). Petunia is feisty and loving and definitely has a mind of her own. Willa has such a big heart, which is evident by the way she loves her animals, employees, and friends. Keane is very sweet as we can see when he agrees to take care of Petunia, even though he doesn’t like cats. And the supporting characters were great, including great aunt Sally who calls Keane so she can Face-Time with Petunia.

The only thing that was a bit of a bummer was that this wasn’t necessarily a holiday novel. The book takes place at Christmastime but it’s not a “Christmas book”. You could most likely pick up the plot and plop it in any month and you would have the same novel.

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