If Every Day Was Christmas is the Hallmark Christmas story of the book world. In fact, Donna Ashcroft should probably see if Hallmark would like to adapt it to film for their fans’ viewing pleasure this holiday season! The plot follows the familiar arc: two strangers cross paths in a small town, one with a deep, dark secret, and one with a fractured family past, they try to resist feelings of passion because they aren’t interested in love, but end up kissing with abandon in the snow in front of the assembled townspeople. Cue happy tears and the pleasant feeling of warm contentment as one sits drinking their hot cocoa and wishing for a perfect holiday romance of their own.
The female protagonist, Meg Scott, loves Christmas because it was the one day a year her parents set aside their shared animosity and focused on giving their daughters the ideal family experience. She wears glitter for makeup, and enjoys mince pies and Christmas carols year-round in her Christmas shop…which she runs while dressed as an elf. The male protagonist, Tom Riley-Clark, on the other hand, was badly burned on Christmas day a few years prior and has come to hate the season and what it represents: the end of life as he knew it. He is dark and brooding, anti-glitter and cheer, and hates mince pies. Yet, he and Meg can’t help but think they might be falling in love…their hormones and bodies certainly seem convinced of it anyway! Their love blooms slowly across the arc of the story as they grapple with what Christmas actually does represent, and what it doesn’t. Thrown into the mix are two auxiliary romances, and a coming-of-age revelation for Meg’s sister, Emily, who makes friends with a baby reindeer. All in all, this book screams Christmas cheer!
If Every Day Was Christmas is exactly what it presents itself as, nothing more and nothing less. It isn’t particularly original or thought provoking, but it is a fun way to kick off the holiday book season, and to get ready for the aforementioned Christmas specials on the Hallmark Channel. The characters are quirky and relatable, the dialogue and plot flow smoothly, and the conclusion is just as sentimental and sweet as one would hope. If chick lit and light romances are your thing, I promise you won’t be disappointed…and even if you are a bit of a Grinch (like me), it will still make you smile and chuckle.