Sunday, December 29, 2019

Review: "It Happened at Christmas" by Christen Krumm

Really, this book had me at "YA spin on While You Were Sleeping" ...

In this enchanting YA spin on While You Were Sleeping, Christen Krumm delivers laughter and Christmas sparkle through a swoon-worthy story of first love and belonging.

Life at Iverson Preparatory Boarding School isn’t easy when you’re basically the maid. Murphy Cain spends her days cleaning up after her upper class peers in exchange for tuition while dodging their cutting remarks. All of that changes when she rescues her crush, the popular and hunky Tripp Harrington, after a near-fatal accident and is mistaken as his girlfriend.

Murphy finds herself struggling with the choice to reveal the truth or play along. As Tripp’s girl, his wealthy family will offer Murphy something she's been craving her whole life—a chance to be one of the “in” crowd. A chance to belong. Without it, she’ll be right back where she started.

It only gets worse as Tripp’s brother Hank enters the picture. He’s handsome, down to earth, and seems to understand Murphy better than anyone else. The only problem? She’s supposed to be dating his brother.

As Christmas break draws to a close, Murphy must decide if telling the truth is worth losing it all or if the risk will bring a greater reward in the end.

This is a really cute twist on While You Were Sleeping with shades of Cinderella thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed Murphy's journey to finding a family, and I especially liked her relationship with both Hank and Eloise Harrington. The story is different enough from WYWS that I couldn't guess everything that was going to happen, but it still stuck to the spirit of the story. The ending did strike me as a bit convenient, and there were quite a few typos that pulled me out of the story. (It felt like it could've benefited from one more proofreading pass through before publication.) Overall, though, I enjoyed the book, and I'll definitely be looking for more from this author! 3-1/2 stars.

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  1. LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Not sure what it is about it, but there's just something so perfect and lovely about this story. One of my new favorites for sure!

    1. Glad you liked it! While it wasn't one of my favorites, I can't deny its charm :-) And that cover is simply gorgeous!


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