About the Book:
Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing, not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer, is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?
As noted above, nothing goes as planned when Alexis wins a spot on a decorating show. She's an interior designer who is trying to make a name (and business) for herself. Unlike some reality shows that have producers adding drama and cameras from the show watching the participants at all times, Alexis has to provide her own video. The show provided the client and the budget; she has to provide everything else. I like that because frankly I think most reality show drama is silly, and home renovation projects have enough problems without adding more.
The first problem is that the professional videographer she hired has to bail on her because of an injury--luckily his handsome young son is available. I loved watching Alexis and Gabe get to know each other and I loved the way Cynthia Ruchti compared the redemption and Light brought by Christmas to the redemption of the house, of the lives of her characters and light brought into their worlds by each other.
As a novella, Restoring Christmas is a short easy read, however Ruchti has a way with words that gives the story additional beauty and depth and makes it a bit more than the typical heartwarming Christmas romance.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B+