I was intrigued by an email from Quail Ridge Books, a local indie bookstore, announcing a live book event and signing with Mary Kay Andrews. After I read what the book was about, I instantly signed up and invited some friends as well. Ms. Andrews didn’t disappoint.
Andrews captivated the audience by sharing the origin of the story’s idea, the research she did to write it as well as taking questions from the audience. What hooked me on this book was the theme of New York City Christmas trees.
My husband is a professional landscaper who has co-designed and plant located for Rockefeller Center for over twenty years. He located the 1996 famous tree right in our hometown of Armonk, New York.
We have also made many trips to West Jefferson in the mountains of North Carolina, to hand-pick the best trees in the fields to bring to Rockefeller as accent trees to the crown jewel that stands above the ice skating rink. Andrews's story brought back warm memories as well.
The book is short, with a romantic theme that Andrews described as the reserve of a Hallmark story. Instead of the protagonist escaping the city and finding love in the country, Kerry Tolliver finds love and a new purpose in the city that never sleeps after being raised in the rural mountains in the south.
The story is interesting as Andrews shares the amazing ways Kerry and her brother set up a pop-up tree business in the middle of a busy, popular neighborhood in New York City based on real-life experiences. I found myself reading just a page or two at the end of the book so I could make it last a little longer.
Consider picking up the book from your favorite local, independent bookstore now and tucking it away with your Christmas décor. Or order it now: LINK
Andrews also shared with us, that she and some fellow Southern women’s literature authors started a Facebook page, Friends and Fiction. If you enjoy fiction, consider joining the page. I have found some good reads on it.