And here we are at the end.
I don't think I'm overstating when I say that chapter twenty-one is the payoff of all the wonderful groundwork that Becky Cochrane has put before you throughout the book. The sheer happiness I get at the layered reveals that drop one by one is just wonderful. I'm always grinning by the end of the chapter (and epilogue). Family meets friends and tangles up the way it always should - with love. Coventry wraps itself around you with all the comfort of a warm blanket and all the companionship and love of... damn. I'm gonna say it.
A good dog.
I re-read A Coventry Christmas every year, at this time, for a mix of reasons. One: there's the escapism of those early chapters, where Keelie has her accident and - oh, gosh, no - can't work retail this Christmas. Two: Keelie's friends and family are such wonderful characters, and remind me of so many people in my life that I love and cherish. Three: The laughter. There are so many seriously fun and funny moments in this book, and I need a few laughs at this time of year. Four: This time of year - the book reminds me of the good stuff about Christmas, which I can easily forget. And lastly: The big, dumb, stupid smile on my face when I'm done. Because I'm a softie, and I love my romances to have happy endings for everyone.
Chapter the Twenty-First (Or, Oh What Fun It Is To Ride)
Keelie and the people of Coventry, then Keelie and Jennifer, and then Keelie and Evan and his fella, and then Keelie and Doctor Delish. The payoff, folks. I merely bow, smile, and close the book with a contented sigh.
Epilogue (Or, The Most Important Thing Is This:)
The cat is okay.
Coveted Coventry Moments
I hope you've enjoyed my chapter-a-day journey through this wonderful holiday romance. I know a few of you have popped by to tell me you've picked up a copy and enjoyed it. I can tell you that there's nothing a bookseller loves more than to see a book they've loved in the hands of a new reader. Thanks for trusting me.
And thanks for visiting Coventry. See you again next Christmas.