Something about this year makes me want to listen to Christmas music, watch Hallmark movies, and bask in the Christmas season…even before Thanksgiving. It’s so weird! I’m not usually like this! But Cocoa in the Attic seemed like the perfect book to get me into the Christmas spirit, and I was totally right.
Title: Cocoa in the Attic
Author: Indigo Wood
Publisher: Indigo Wood
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Genres: Christmas Contemporary Romance, Drama
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Seraphina has landed the perfect job as a publicist for a charming inn in a dreamy mountain town. She’s even sworn the only romance-eligible member of the staff to a strict vow of friendship, leaving her life free of complicated dating drama. But when her estranged brother walks into her life after twelve years’ absence, her perfect setup crumbles, leaving her uncertain what path to take next. Is it better to keep her heart under guard, where she’s kept it safe for so many years? Or can the Christmas spirit and a friendzone-bound pastry chef convince her to give love and family another chance?
- Seraphina, our protagonist, has some issues she has to work through. She’s a little insecure, very cautious. But she is game to some silliness as well! I loved her wit and fire that was teased out by a very handsome pastry chef…
- SPEAKING OF WHICH Kem is such a perfect Christmas beau! Holy crow, I was fanning myself from their first interaction. He’s hilarious and fun-loving, great traits for a book boyfriend.
- The setting is SO cozy!!! Spirited Inn is the most beautiful inn I’ve ever imagined. Plus all the snow shenanigans and possible friendly ghost…it definitely gave me all the Christmas vibes 🙂
- I was surprised to find a second POV in this book (I won’t tell you who it is, since I don’t want to spoil anything!), and I really like what it added to the story.
I loved the focus on family in this novella. I wouldn’t stick this fully in the rom-com genre, since the book’s main plot revolves around the family issues Sera and her brother have to deal with. I don’t read a whole lot of books that explore brother-sister relationships, but I found the way it was handled in this book was beautiful and touching.
That’s not to say I didn’t find the romance fulfilling! The attraction between Sera and Kem is instant, but the way their feelings for each other develop is so squeal-inducing. Their banter is to die for.
That’s one thing I found really strong about this book is its dialogue, especially between Kem and Sera, but also between the other characters. It felt realistic, but still very fun.
Another thing that stood out to me was how good the pacing was in this novella. Each action or event leads seamlessly into the next, and it never felt rushed. I found myself wanting more, but only because I was so entrenched in the story and setting and characters, not because I was left feeling unfulfilled.
I will definitely be pulling this book out every Christmas season—does that say anything? I loved this story. It is fun, touching, and adorable, and I recommend it to anyone needing something fun and uplifting (and swoony) to read during the holiday season.