A teen girl gets the perfect second try at a first kiss in this hilarious, romp-filled young adult romantic comedy perfect for fans of Jenna Evans Welch and Hallmark Christmas movies.
Francie was born in a stable. Really. Granted, it was the deluxe model with the light-up star on the roof, one of the many Christmas items for sale at her family’s Hollydale Holiday Shop. Their holiday gift empire also includes the Santa School, which was founded by Francie’s beloved grandpa, who recently passed away.
Francie’s always loved working in the shop, but lately Aunt Carole has been changing everything with her ideas for too-slick, Hollywood-inspired Santas and horrible holiday-themed employee uniforms. Aunt Carole’s vision will ruin all the charm and nostalgia Francie loves about her family’s business…unless she does something about it.
But this winter is about more than preserving the magic of Christmas. Francie is saving up for a car and angling to kiss the cute boy who works at the tree lot next door—hopefully it will be good enough to wipe her fiasco of a first kiss from her memory.
As the weather outside gets more and more frightful, can Francie pull off the holiday of her dreams?
A high school sophomore struggles to maintain her family business's integrity and holiday traditions in this lighthearted romance by Urban (Almost There and Almost Not). Following the recent death of Francie's grandfather, her condescending Aunt Carole relocates from California to Hollydale, Ind., to help Francie's parents and good-natured Uncle Jack run Hollydale Holiday Shop, the Wood family business and a go-to yuletide decor store. The shop is known for its nostalgic holiday vibes, but despite Francie's protestations, Aunt Carole plans to implement a more "modernized" vision, hoping to improve their financial situation. These new changes aren't the only things Francie is distracted by; she's also trying to get her driver's license and save enough money to buy Uncle Jack's vintage Miata. On top of that, she's desperate for a redo of her disastrous first kiss and, upon meeting handsome Latinx-cued Hector Ramirez, who works in the neighboring Christmas tree lot, she thinks she might have a shot. Employing witty dialogue and an endless well of holiday cheer, Urban humorously spins myriad plot threads, featuring realistic teen trials, familial relationships struggling under the weight of grief, and a sprinkle of romance for an earnest seasonal offering. Ages 12–up.