A Cross-Country Christmas – Courtney Walsh

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Sweethaven Press
Pages: 256
Release Date: October 26, 2021

Lauren Richmond isn’t a fan of Christmas.

Which is why she rarely makes the trip home to the Midwest for the holidays. After all, she has plenty to keep her busy—namely, her duties as a set decorator on a TV sitcom.


But this December, Lauren‘s brother and his wife are expecting a baby, so her brother arranges a ride home for her with his good friend, Will.

Unfortunately for Lauren, she’s been trying to forget college baseball coach and childhood crush Will Sinclair for more than ten years.


Now, thanks to her fear of flying, she’s stuck in a car with him from California to Illinois.

She’s circumspect and organized. He’s flirty and spontaneous.

She’s convinced that people don’t change. He’s trying to prove to her (and himself) that he has.

On this cross-country road trip, they’ll both discover that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself. . . but like any good Christmas carol, it does have a second verse.

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I decided to pick up A Cross-Country Christmas on a whim and I’m glad I did. It’s a feel good Christmas story about finding love, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Despite my overall enjoyment of the novel, there were a few things I disliked about the novel. Namely, the protagonist, Lauren. Lauren was difficult to like. She’s very cold, closed off, and rude to Will for most of the novel. Though her dislike of Will comes from a place of hurt, readers don’t find out what happened until much later in the novel thereby making it difficult to sympathize with Lauren.

There is absolutely no spice in this novel. So, if you’re looking for a Christmas novel with some kick, look elsewhere. Though A Cross-Country Christmas is a cute and feel good romance that’s about more than finding love but about acceptance and forgiveness, I can’t help to feel like a little spice would have increased the stakes and made the romance more emotional and impactful.

What A Cross-Country Christmas succeeds at the most is the Christmas setting. The novel showcases all the best qualities Christmas novels have to offer.

Overall, A Cross-Country Christmas is the perfect read for this time of year if you’re looking for a cute romance about forgiveness, acceptance, and finding love along the way. 

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Have you read a Cross-Country Christmas? What did you think?

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