Love Always, Christmas

A feel-good Christmas romance from writer of Netflix's A Christmas Prince

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Pub Date 11 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 16 Dec 2022

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Description

From Karen Schaler, the three-time Emmy Award–winning writer of Netflix sensation A Christmas Prince and Hallmark’s Christmas Camp, the movie and novel, comes a sparkling new Christmas romance filled with humor, heart, and hope.

Libby is planning to spend the holidays alone until a mysterious Christmas card takes her on a life-changing journey where she discovers a family she didn’t know she had and a love she was never expecting to find…

Libby Larson’s Christmas wish is to get the holidays over as fast as possible. After losing her mom, her only family, she’s bah humbugging Christmas, while desperately trying to save her childhood Seattle home. 

But when Libby finds a twenty-year-old unopened Christmas card addressed to her mom, what she discovers inside takes her to the snowy mountain town of Holly Peak.

As family secrets start to unravel, Libby must rely on Holly Peak’s handsome town manager, Adam Thompson, to help her find answers while reluctantly participating in the town’s quirky Christmas traditions.

In the midst of merrymaking and mistletoe, Libby’s life is forever changed when this Christmas brings her the gift of a family and true love.

Bonus Content: Includes exclusive Christmas recipes from Love Always, Christmas.

LOVE ALWAYS, CHRISTMAS is an uplifting, heartfelt Christmas romance that will appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, RaeAnne Thayne, and Christina Lauren.  

Readers, Reviewers, and Authors are Falling in Love with Karen Schaler’s Christmas Romances!

“How A Christmas Prince [Netflix] screenwriter Karen Schaler became a holiday publishing darling.” —Entertainment Weekly 

“Karen Schaler writes stories that are bursting with Christmas charm!” — Jenny Hale, USA Today bestselling author.

“For Schaler, creating these fantastical holiday stories comes naturally.”—Money

“Schaler’s smart, appealing protagonists will keep readers turning the pages, and the plotting is pitch-perfect, leading to an inevitable but charming happily-ever-after.”—Publishers Weekly on Finding Christmas

A “sweet Christmas charmer…Royal family enthusiasts and fans of wholesome romance will embrace this enjoyable love story.”—Publishers Weekly on A Royal Christmas Fairy tale

"A wonderfully festive setting…The cast is charming and the atmosphere’s enchanting.”—Publishers Weekly on Christmas Ever After

“VERDICT a charming movie-to-book crossover that would be right at home on the Hallmark Channel and a winner for fans looking for a touching holiday read.”—Library Journal on Christmas Camp

From Karen Schaler, the three-time Emmy Award–winning writer of Netflix sensation A Christmas Prince and Hallmark’s Christmas Camp, the movie and novel, comes a sparkling new Christmas romance filled...


Advance Praise

“How A Christmas Prince [Netflix] screenwriter Karen Schaler became a holiday publishing darling.” —Entertainment Weekly 

“Karen Schaler writes stories that are bursting with Christmas charm!” — Jenny Hale, USA Today bestselling author.

“For Schaler, creating these fantastical holiday stories comes naturally.”—Money

“Schaler’s smart, appealing protagonists will keep readers turning the pages, and the plotting is pitch-perfect, leading to an inevitable but charming happily-ever-after.”—Publishers Weekly on Finding Christmas

A “sweet Christmas charmer…Royal family enthusiasts and fans of wholesome romance will embrace this enjoyable love story.”—Publishers Weekly on A Royal Christmas Fairy tale

"A wonderfully festive setting…The cast is charming and the atmosphere’s enchanting.”—Publishers Weekly on Christmas Ever After

“VERDICT a charming movie-to-book crossover that would be right at home on the Hallmark Channel and a winner for fans looking for a touching holiday read.”—Library Journal on Christmas Camp

“How A Christmas Prince [Netflix] screenwriter Karen Schaler became a holiday publishing darling.” —Entertainment Weekly 

“Karen Schaler writes stories that are bursting with Christmas charm!” — Jenny...


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I absolutely loved this book! I was given an ARC by Netgalley & HawkTale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts are my own opinion. ⁣

We meet Libby who is a social influencer who wants to escape Christmas this year! She has just recently lost her mom and is strictly focused on her Christmas Kitty campaign in hopes to get a new contract. Everything changes when she finds a 20 year unopened Christmas card of her mom with a woman she has never met before. Secrets start to unravel and she finds herself in the town Holly Peak. Libby meets the town manager Adam but they have a bumpy first meeting. Libby runs over Adam’s parents Christmas Santa and reindeer. While finding clues she must participate in Christmas competition to save Holly Peak from a fancy town Alpine Peaks that think tradition and classics should be the farthest thing away from Christmas!⁣

I absolutely loved Adam and Libby! The banter they had during their first interaction was hilarious. I liked the mystery element of Libby trying to find who the woman in the photo was! I loved all the Christmas traditions and the town of Holly Peak has stolen my heart! I have never read a book by Karen Schaler but after loving this ARC I have added her other books to my TBR list! I loved all the fun Christmas goodies at the back with recipes and Christmas Always list ideas! ⁣

Highly recommend you snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate and pick this up on October 11,22.

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As always, a heartwarming and fun Christmas story from Karen Schaler. Even though it’s only September when I read this for review, I didn’t mind one bit because I enjoyed reading it. Libby has lost both her parents, her mom most recently. She has started her own marketing business and is in debt trying to save her family home. Her new neighbors have a son, Adam, that Libby meets and they couldn’t appear to be more opposite. They both end up in a small mountain town right before Christmas and are forced to stay overnight due to a snowstorm. There are a couple real twists too. You may be able to guess what happens but who cares? It’s a wonderful Christmas story. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for my honest review.

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I loved this book! It had a story which was just a joy to read, but also had such heart, and humor and an abundance of Christmas! It even made me a fan of hashtags! #TeamLoveAlwaysChristmas!

If you are looking for a good cozy Christmas read, this is the book for you.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and HawkTale Publishing for the ARC.

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This book was everything for my Christmas loving heart. I smiled, laughed, and even teared up as I read through this story connecting with the people and the town.

I could picture the characters so clearly and the ups and downs they faced throughout the book kept me reading right to the end and gave a great excuse to listen to my Christmas playlist. It’s a journey I’ll return to every year.

Thanks to NetGalley and HawkTale Publishing for providing this eARC for my honest option.

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Love Always, Christmas by Karen Schaler is the holiday read that you will want to cozy up with on a cold day. I always marvel at Ms Schaler's ability to bring to mind the Christmas joy of a small town going all in to create holiday magic with such vivid and festive detail.

Libby and her parents always loved spending the holidays together, creating a magic that would make the holiday truly special. But things are different this year, and Libby is on her own for the very first time and in no mood for a celebration. When she finds an unopened Christmas card among her mother's things, her journey of discovery will lead her to Holly Peak, where she will renew a love of all things Christmas, and perhaps even embark on a new romance with a handsome town manager.

This is another festive and heartwarming gift from an author who is becoming synonymous with Christmas joy.

Many thanks to NetGalley and HawkTale Publishing for an ARC.

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Love Always, Christmas by Karen Schaler is a sweet, heartwarming story, all things Christmas! Libby is alone for her first Christmas without her mother. Her mother’s neighborhood in Seattle is everything Christmas but Libby doesn’t have the heart to decorate the house. Instead, she is in her mother’s attic looking for decorations to create a festive set for her first major client in her start-up social media production company. Looking through boxes of decorations, she comes across a Christmas card sent 20 years ago addressed to her mother and never opened. With only a first name to go on and encouragement from her friend, Tammi, she finds herself in Holly Peak, WA looking for a stranger just a couple weeks before Christmas. What she uncovers exposes lies told her throughout her life. Her parents were only children and she was an only child but will she find she actually has a family member close by? This is an easy read, heartwarming at its best. It certainly gets me in the mood for the holidays and the miracle of Christmas. I loved it and always look forward to reading another Karen Schaler book!

Thanks to Netgalley and HawkTale Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I highly recommend this book!

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Karen Schaler has Christmas down pat, and each of her stories is unique in its own right! This one has all the small-town feels, with a cozy mystery, and a clean romance thrown in. There are twists and turns up to the very ending. The extras at the very end just give it that little something special, too.

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I will leave a review on Amazon and B&N on Oct. 11th

Love Always, Christmas is a wonderful holiday read that you will want to read. I loved the concept of the towns in this book, the spirit of community that exist in them. Libby is struggling this holiday season and trying to save her family home, but things don't look good for that to happen. The chemistry between Libby and Adam leaves sparks from their first encounter. Can the spirit of Christmas heal hurts and feelings of betrayal. I most definitely would recommend this book to others.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Hawktale Publishing and am leaving this honest and fair review.

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A beautiful story about life, love and family. Second chances in life are hard to find but they feature prominently here as does Christmas.
I loved this book. Devoured in one day.
I recommend to anyone who loves Christmas.

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Loved this book, It’s everything Christmas offers - snow and holly but also the true meaning of Christmas, family and friends. I read the book in one sitting as I was eager to see what happened next. Libby is a very likeable main character whose little accidents made me laugh but I really wanted her to find her happy ever after. I’m sure it’s going to be a Christmas best seller, I will be recommending it to my family and friends

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If you are looking for a heartwarming, fun, very Christmasy story you have found it in Love Always, Christmas by Karen Schaler. Libby Larsen has a lot on her plate. She is still mourning the death of her mother so her Christmas spirit is at negative one hundred percent. She recently broke up with a guy she worked with because he showed his true colors by taking credit for her campaign which led her leaving the company to start her own. Then she finds an unopened Christmas Card which leads her to Holly Peak, Washington. And then... read it and find out.

This is a well-written, fun, sweet romance. The characters are very likable. I really enjoyed Libby and Adam Thompson's first meeting and subsequent read to their Happily Ever After. There's tons of fun in this super Christmasy story. I was drawn in to this story and felt like I was part of the fun. I love, love, love this book!

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This was absolutely delightful. The plot was well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The characters were charming and witty. I highly recommend this fun and quick holiday read! Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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I absolutely loved this book! Love Always, Christmas by Karen Schaler is the perfect Christmas read. It is a cute, heartwarming, festive holiday romance.

Libby is trying hard to make it through the holiday season. After having lost her mother, her last remaining relative, earlier in the year, Libby is feeling lonely and not much in the mood to celebrate. But she gets pulled in to a situation that calls for a Christmas miracle to save Christmas for a small neighboring town. And in the process of fighting to save Christmas, she finds a few miracles for herself.

This is the first book by Karen Schaler that I have read but I definitely be looking for more. Love Always, Christmas is a fast cozy read you don’t want to miss. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Christmas, romance, or just plain fun. A great book full of holiday spirit.

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I want to live in the places in Karen Schaler books! Her books about Christmas always make me happy and ready to decorate and drink Hot chocolate with cookies!
Libby has lost her mother and might lose her home. She has put everything into her new media business. Feeling down, she hasn't even decorated on a street where everything is over the top Christmas. A picture found in a box leads her to Holly Peak to find a woman named CeCe. Unfortunately, she keeps running into Adam, a new neighbor, she doesn't hit it off with.
We watch Libby put pieces of her family together.

Thank you, NetGalley and publishers for this wonderful start to the holidays.

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Libby is spread thin in all directions, and everything depends on the Santa Kitty account. Running into her new neighbor's son, quite literally, doesn't go well. He accuses her of not having Christmas Spirit, among other things. Ironic, because her family founded the annual neighborhood Christmas decorating themes. 
This year, her heart's not in it after the loss of her mom, mortgaged to the hilt, and on the verge of losing it all. Plus, the cat won't cooperate. Fortunately, Tammi, her bestie, has her back, and they find a way for Santa Kitty to shine. An envelope in an old family album contains a mysterious photo, and Libby goes in search of a woman named CeCe as she scouts a location for a client. Running into Adam again wasn't in the plan. 
A revelation and family secrets are unearthed the more they dig into the past. Adam's town is vying for the best Christmas in the state, but his reluctance to use social media because it isn't traditional could be his downfall. As Libby and Adam work together, she convinces him using hashtags can benefit the town, while he helps her find answers about CeCe. 
A beautiful story about Christmas and traditions, family, and community. It's going to take a miracle, but this might just be the Christmas saved by hashtags with an unexpected love mixed in.

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This book is an absolute joy.
Heartwarming, hilarious, moving
& intriguing.
I adored every part of it!
The perfect second chance
at romance.
A great Christmas story of love, family & forgiveness.
Wonderful characters & small town charm.
Libby's heart wasn't into
Christmas this year, after recently
losing her mother, who adored
Christmas.
Libby & Adam's chance meeting
led to one crazy incident after another.
After finding a mysterious
unopened Christmas card,
Libby needed to find out who
CeCe is. Did she still live in
Holly Peak?
🎄 RECOMMEND to everyone
who loves Christmas stories!! 🎄

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This is a delightful Christmas read that will give you a feel good experience and leave you feeling satisfied. The story is just a lovely read that feels like a Hallmark movie in book form. It's a great pick me up when you are having a bad day.

The characters are well written and do develop over the course of the story. The meet cute is definitely original and provided some fun moments in the story. I will be buying this for my library.

I got this in exchange for a honest review. I recommend this book as well as the others Karen Schaler has written. She knows how to show readers a good time.

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This was exactly the feel good Christmas story that I needed. I loved the different connections that were made and this was a sweet and authentic Christmas story! Thanks to NetGalley and to Karen Schaler’s team for the Advanced Copy!

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LOVE ALWAYS, CHRISTMAS was so much fun! I love Christmas books that throw tinsel a that tree in big handfuls and Karen Schaler’s books always hit the mark! ❄🎄🎅

Libby is a social media marketer who is trying to land a big account. She has been struggling with the loss of her parents, who loved Christmas, and may soon lose their house. There were some hilarious scenes with “Santa Kitty” the internet star that I absolutely loved. Libby travels to the small town of Holly Peak after she finds a letter addressed to her mother that was unopened. When she gets there, she meets CeCe, a woman who is beloved by the town and who allowed her to say with her for a few days. She says she and her mother were friends. But there is more to that story. There’s a small romance subplot with Adam, who lives in town (and has an adorable dog named Rudolph!), but it’s very subtle. The storyline with Cece is the main focus of the book.

Some of my favorite moments: the Holly Trolley (Christmas themed food trucks!), gazebos with Christmas lights and holly, all the yummy food, candy apples, fudge, 🍭peppermint pumpkin pie, Christmas bowtie pasta, glittering Christmas doughnut holes🍩… YUM! We learn more about Cece and Libby and who Cece really is and why she really sent the letter as he book goes on. And then of course the town has to help save Christmas! Enjoyed this one! 5/5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from HawkTale Publishing and NetGalley for review purposes.

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What a great Christmas story with lots of Christmas feels. It may just make you believe in Christmas miracles if you don’t already. Parts had me laughing, you just never know who or what will attack you. The scene I had in my head! I love the characters in this story. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but maybe CeCe and Rudolph. I would love to hang out with Adam and Libby again too. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.

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This book is wonderful! Libby lost her Mom, her last living relative, and is in no mood to decorate for Christmas even though her whole neighborhood does due to a plan instituted by her parents years ago. She is struggling with the company she started and is in danger of losing her business and the family home without a miracle.
This book is an uplifting Christmas story with many twists along the way. Some parts are laugh out loud funny while others are sad. There is so much emotion from the characters that I felt drawn into the story myself. Rudolph is an amazing dog and brings so much and life to the story. When tragedy strikes everyone realizes they have people they can depend on no matter how much they may have felt alone. The story moves along at a nice pace and I found it hard to put it down. Of course, being a Christmas story there is a happy ending but not as one might expect.
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Love Karen Schaler books, this was a very sweet christmas story. very easy read, read in one day. look forward to more of her books.

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Thank you #netgalley and #Hawktale Publishing for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

If you are looking for a good Christmas story Karen Schaler never dissapoints. She had me hooked within the first paragraph. This book gives you everything you need in a story. You have humor, romance, all the Christmas feels, and especially a really adorable puppy. If you are looking for a book you can’t put down look no father and get Love Always Christmas.

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It’s no surprise to me that Karen Schaler has once again written a perfect Christmas story. Romance, emotion, humor, and all the best Christmas traditional nostalgia with new things woven together into swoony and joyful bliss . A perfect book to read wrapped up in a cozy blanket, drinking hot cocoa, and watching the light from the fireplace dance across the pages.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book is everything you need to kick off your Christmas reading season! Trying to heal from past Christmas hurts, Adam and Libby bring you right along with them as they struggle to get though challenge after challenge. They unite to better their community and hopefully save their careers. Their towns are steeped in Christmas traditions and fun filled antics all the while demonstrating neighborly love and concern. This book just makes you feel good. Must read.

ARC provided by NetGalley and HawkTale Publishing in exchange for honest review.

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From the start Karen's writing leaps from the page and ignites the romantic flames for Libby and Adam. A real page turner and a festive treat. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book.

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A lovely Christmas story with plenty of mystery, romance and a good range of believable characters. A real feel good novel which readers of this genre will enjoy reading in the run up to Christmas.

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I looovvveeed this book. Absoloutely loved it! If Debbie Macomber is my favorite Christmas author, then Karen Schaler is my new second favorite Christmas author. This book was like a gigantic warm hug on a snowy winter's day. I adored the romance between Libby and Adam and would so enjoy seeing this story adapted into a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel or Netflix!

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Oh, I do love a Christmas book and this one was wonderful and would definitely make an amazing Christmas movie one day!!
I read this book very quickly as I just wanted to keep finding out what was going to happen. The story pulled me in right from the beginning and kept me engrossed all the way through.
It was a book full of everything Christmassy and had lots of festive spirit!
Love Always, Christmas was a cosy, heartwarming, feel good Christmas romance and I really enjoyed going along for the ride…..

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What a wonderful heartfelt Christmas story! It was inspirational, not cheesy, made me giggle, shed a tear and gave me hope. This was a new author for me, certainly won’t be my last read from her. It’s a cute Rom-com with some mystery set at the ultimate Christmas town. Holly Peak is in the mountains near Seattle. This is where Libby is juggling as a new entrepreneur starting a Social media company while trying to pay the mortgage on her parents house. The loss of her Mom, best friend and last living relative was devastating. Her conniving X-boyfriend broke her heart.
Libby no longer looks forward to all the Christmas festivities, too many memories just make her sad. Most everything bad that ever happened in my own life was around the Christmas holiday, so I totally sympathized with her emotions. She is keeping herself busy just to get through the loss and grief. Her parents had organized the neighborhood decorating into an annual event. Now hers is the only house not bedecked.
Libby is always in a hurry, a clumsy accident waiting to happen. In a twist of fate she literally runs into her new neighbors son, Adam. The hilarious incidents escalate and had me in stiches. I absolutely fell in love with Libby! She was so realistic, funny and she would be my new favorite friend. Later as she and her best friend, Tammi, are searching through Christmas boxes an unopened card falls out.
That twenty year old Christmas card sends Libby on a search for the sender, to a magical town called Holly Peak. She again bumps into Adam and before long the sparks are flying like snowflakes. The Christmas card precipitates unimaginable changes to everything in Libby’s life. The adventures keep coming, long hidden secrets are revealed, and even more questions arise. Family is complicated, so is love and forgiveness. Libby has so much going on my head spun! She could have a fresh start as the Holly Peak community pulls together to win the annual Christmas competition. Maybe it won’t be her first Christmas alone. #LoveLibby, #PerfectChristmasBook!
Thanks to NetGalley for the digital advance reader copy of “Love Always, Christmas” by Karen Schaler and to Hawktale Publishing. These are all my own honest personal thoughts and opinions given voluntarily without compensation.

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I didn’t think my heart could get any fuller, and then that hashtag from Adam did it. So many people shared their love and time to help the the town.
As with every Karen Schaler book you get so much more than you bargained for. Right from the very start I felt like I was there along side Libby and Adam. The descriptions of the Christmas decorations and the streets were so detailed and beautiful, it was actually a bit disappointing when I looked up from reading and reality wasn’t as beautiful as Holly Peak.
The family story of CeCe and Libby is heartbreaking, and my heart went out to both of them, I’m really happy that they finally connected. Libby and Adams love story was lovely and it was nice to see it slowly develop, the friendship and mutual trust and respect finally evolving to a beautiful love story. A real Christmas hug in a book.

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If you want a Christmas book with all of the holiday spirit, sense of community, love, and one hilarious misfortune after another, this book is for you!

Libby Larson is facing her first Christmas without her mom, and is also at risk of losing her family home in Seattle. While trying to launch a new campaign for her business, she has some hilarious run ins with inflatables, the neighbors grouchy son Adam, and a fiasco with the cat ‘Santa Kitty’ that she’s trying to launch the campaign of. While trying to create a new holiday set for the photo shoot from her families decorations, she finds an unopened Christmas card from 20+ years prior. She goes on an adventure to the town Holly Peak to find Cece, the cards sender, and ends up running into, literally, no one other than Adam! The book takes you on a beautiful and heartfelt Christmas Journey, and I truly enjoyed every second. I felt Libby’s grief, I laughed at all of the misfortunes, and I cried over the true sense of community and people coming together to help those in need, and Rudolph was just the sweetest addition to the story. Karen brings such genuine emotions out of her readers through her writing. I
Can’t wait to read more from this author!

Thank you NetGalley and hawktale publishing for my ARC in exchange for my honest feedback!

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This deserves more than a 5 🌟rating
Such an amazing and wonderful story

A Christmas story about love and family loss. Such an emotional time, Christmas, for anyone who has lost a loved one. But for Libby it is especially hard trying to figure out a way to keep her family home. Libby is a social media manager and she is trying for a big contract and she wants to use "Christmas Kitty" who is a cat that performs. If she lands this contract she may just have enough to keep her family home.
The story takes a mysterious turn when Libby finds an old unopened Christmas card among her mother's Christmas decorations. Libby opens the card and a picture falls out....it changes her life. Not to mention sends her on an adventure she didn't account for.

I laughed so much reading this book. I enjoyed every moment of it. Between Libby and Adam there is so much to laugh and cheer for in this book. The story is well written and is easy to read. A sweet Christmas story that hits the heart.
Highly recommend this story to anyone that loves a good Christmas story.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hawktail Publishing for allowing me to read an advanced digital copy of Love Always, Christmas for an honest review. These are my words and my words along, while not eloquent they are from the heart!

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After reading Karen Schaler's newest novel, I have been inspired to start my own Love Always, Christmas List. First on my list will be reading a Karen Schaler Christmas book because it will surely lift my spirits and get me in a festive mode. The story of Libby and Adam offered just the right combination of romance, mystery, family drama, good friends and adorable animals. It was just what I needed! Thanks so much to NetGalley and HawkTale Publishing for the advance copy to read and review.

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I can’t do the holidays without a fabulous Christmas book and this one takes the cake! It’s absolutely amazing and will make you want to set up your tree asap! Grab a hot cocoa, blanket and sit by the fire and read for hours!

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This is an absolutely fabulous read! This book is a sweet feel-good Christmas romance that you don't want to miss. It has wonderful characters; beautiful scenery and the story is so beautifully written it will make you shed tears of joy. I loved this book and highly recommend to everyone.
I received a complimentary copy from HawkTale Publishing via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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It didn't take me long to fall in love with this gorgeous Christmassy book.
Libby is facing her first Christmas completely on her own and with no family to celebrate with, she decides to throw herself into her work and ignore the festive season.
Following a series of accidents involving handsome new neighbour, Adam, Libby finds herself knee deep in Christmas and all its traditions. She's rapidly solving family mysteries, saving towns from Christmas disasters and falling in love.
A hugely enjoyable book and definitely right for a Hallmark movie!

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As a huge Hallmark Christmas movie fan, I was excited to get to read this book. It did not disappoint. I could visualize all of it playing out beautifully on my tv. This book is meant to be read in front of a fire with hot chocolate. If there is a Christmas tree around & decorations, all the better. Highly recommend reading this to get into the holiday spirit!

Thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for advanced copy in exchange for my honest review

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This is a delightfully heartwarming romantic story set in Washington state, in Seattle and in a truly magical setting in the mountains. Libby is not doing Christmas after losing her last relative, her mom, the previous Christmas. Her parents loved Christmas and started a Christmas decorating tradition in their neighborhood of Evergreen Valley in Seattle that all the neighbors carry on each year. But Libby cannot do it this year and has thrown herself into her business and saving her parents' home. An unopened Christmas card in the attic among decorations addressed to her mom leads her on a new adventure to the mountains and a delightful Christmas village, Holly Peak, and the sender of the Christmas card. And she runs into her neighbors' son, Adam, in Holly Peak where he is the town manager and attorney. She had a prior encounter with Adam that didn't go well when he was visiting his parents. What ensues after is a whirlwind of events from Christmas activities, accidents, weather events, and a community coming together to save a Christmas celebration, ending on a note of hope, love, Christmas miracles, and surprises. Lovey story recommended to those who enjoy a story filled with Christmas spirit. I received a complimentary copy from Hawktale Publishing and NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All thoughts are mine only.

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A charming, lovely romantic story to get you ready for the holiday season.
When Libby finds a mysterious, unopened letter that was dated to her mom 20 years ago, she decides to go and meet this mysterious person and find out how she knew her mom.
With the help from her new friend, Adam and his dog Rudolph, Libby might just find more than she expected.
This is a story that will keep you on your toes. From family secrets to cute animals, to Christmas galore, you won’t be able to put this book down.


I graciously received an advance e-copy for review. All opinions are my own.

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Thanks to HawkTale Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read LOVE ALWAYS, CHRISTMAS by Karen Schaler.

Five Stars from me!

Loved the Hallmark Christmas movie vibes. This story is very romantic. Despite the way they met, they still got that happy ending after all.

An only child, now an adult, thinks she has no family after her parents are gone. She is starting a new social media marketing business, while trying to keep her parents' house. She accidentally knocks over a big Christmas decoration at a neighbor's when the neighbor's adult son accuses her of being a Grinch because her house is the only house in the neighborhood without any Christmas decorations.

Add a cute dog, snow, a cute small town, and a wonderful surprise to this story and you get a wonderful story.

Highly recommended for fans of Hallmark romantic Christmas movies.

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Absolutely yes! I've loved Karen Schaler's writing for a while now, and read three other books by her (plus OBVIOUSLY watched A Christmas Prince movies) and this is another great one. I could picture it as another cheesy fluffy Netflix Christmas movie. It made me giggle out loud multiple times, and Riley feels like a best friend. Absolutely recommend to read to put you in that Christmas spirit, with a cup of hot cocoa.

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Love Always, Christmas by Karen Schaler was such a festive, heart warming, and heart breaking Christmas story. I didn't know what I was going to think about this book because I saw reviews saying it was like reading a t.v. script, but after I read this book it was so much more than that. Love Always, Christmas is about family, second chances, spending the holidays with those you love. I was surprised to find that a Christmas book can be a mystery, which this book had a little bit of. I'm so happy I didn't let these other reviews stop me from reading this book, because I loved every minute of it. I mean, let's be honest, the cover truly caught my attention, it's insanely beautiful, and gives off all the Christmas vibes. Christmas lights/decorations, snow globes, snow, cold weather, ugly Christmas sweaters? HELLO, I NEEDED THIS BOOK!!!!! This was my first book by Karen Schaler and certainly didn't disappoint. After reading this book, I did some research on this author and found out she's a queen of Christmas book, i'll definitely be checking out Karen Schaler's other books in the future. Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book because Christmas is right around the corner, YAY!!!!

THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY AND HAWKTALE PUBLISHING FOR AN ARC OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW!!!!

Libby Larson's plan is to get Christmas over with as soon as possible. Libby lost her father in Afghanistan serving his country. Libby's father started a bunch of their Christmas traditions, but after losing him, Libby is determined to keep his traditions going to honor him. Libby also lost her mother, her only living family member, and now wants nothing to do with Christmas. After losing both of her parents, Libby is trying to save her parents house, but everyday something new comes up and Libby is running out of savings. Libby is a social media manager trying to save their family home, but with funds running low Libby doesn't know what to do. Trying to keep herself busy so she can ignore the sadness that comes with spending Christmas alone, Libby is working on her first big project since starting her own business, featuring "Christmas Kitty", a cat that goes viral all over social media with Christmas content. Libby lives in Evergreen Valley where Christmas is in full spirit.

In Evergreen Valley, Libby is out going for a run one morning when she gets taken down by a big inflatable Santa Claus, this is where Libby meets Adam Thompson, Adam's parents just moved to Evergreen Valley and lives across the street from Libby. Libby and Adam start off on the wrong foot when Libby punches the inflatable Santa and then hits their inflatable reindeer with her car because the wind blew it in front of her car. Adam calls Libby a "inflatable killer", the banter between Adam and Libby had me laughing throughout the whole book. Libby works with her best friend, Tammi. When Libby and Tammi need to film a video for Christmas Kitty but he doesn't seem to enjoy this Christmas setup, so Libby has a whole new idea to change the setup, which actually does work, YAY!!! when Libby and Tammi are going through Libby's mother's Christmas decorations, an unopened Christmas card slips out.

Libby goes to Holly Peak to find out who this twenty year old unopened Christmas card belongs to. When Libby arrives in Holly Peak, she learns that Adam is the town manager of Holly Peak. Even though Libby and Adam started on the wrong foot, Adam is the only person Libby can turn to, to help her find this mysterious person. Libby was always told she never had any other living family members, but when she finds out a family member sent this Christmas card years ago, Libby wonders why she was lied to her whole life. With secrets unraveling and getting help from Adam, Libby must join in on the quirky Christmas traditions Holly Peak has to offer. Holly Peak is in a contest with another little town to keep their title of the best Christmas town, Adam doesn't do social media, but since it's Libby's job, she comes up with all these hashtags to get more tourists to visit Holly Peak and win the contest. I loved and adored all these Christmas traditions, and now I want to visit Evergreen Valley and Holly Peak.

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LOVE ALWAYS, CHRISTMAS
BY: KAREN SCHALER

It's getting to be that time of year again, as time flies. Sounds of mixed feelings depending on who you are talking to. I love getting into the Christmas Spirit and reading Award winning Karen Schaler's new Christmas novel has motivated me to do some extra decorating this year. This book really delivers the Christmas vibrations with just the descriptions of the atmospheric setting--a virtual Christmas Wonderland with beautifully decorated scenes both outside of the characters homes, which they go all out, but also inside their homes, as well.

Libby is a young woman who collides with Adam outside their parents homes when she crushes a large inflatable Santa Clause. Adam says that she has to buy its replacement from Germany. These two are like oil and vinegar at first. Libby is trying to hold onto her family home and is a marketing representative in Advertising. She is the only child of two deceased parents and is of the mind of some folks who just want to get the holiday over with and would skip it if she could.

Libby is upstairs in her parents attic and in a box discovers an unopened envelope, which her friend and colleague Tammi encourages Libby to open the card. Inside a photo album that belonged to her mother who she misses, she finds a childhood picture of her Mom beside a young girl her mother never told her about. Libby lives in Seattle, Washington, but takes a day to find the other girl in the picture by going to another village that really takes time to decorate for Christmas complete with Holly berries and Douglas Fir Trees with lights and beautiful ornaments. She learns that the girl in the picture is a woman in her sixties that is well loved in this quaint town in the Mountains. The woman's name is CeCe. Adam is also the town manager whose job it is to win the best decorated town in the State competition. He also deeply cares for CeCe. CeCe is an admirable woman who although she lives alone is active in doing things, and she starts getting ready for Christmas in October.

As Libby is asking CeCe if she is the mysterious person with Libby's mother the picture gets blown out of their hands, and as they both run to catch it, CeCe falls down and gets a concussion by hitting her head. Libby takes her to a clinic, but the Doctor who CeCe knows only releases her if someone can spend the night and monitor her. This is something Libby volunteers to do. The next morning CeCe makes a delicious recipe of pancakes and Adam stops by. Libby has also made the trip to see if the town's Christmas decorations is a place that she is going to pitch to a client and I agreed with her that it is lovely.

I was struck by the striking Christmas decorating and Christmas Spirit that these characters that Libby gets to know. CeCe has Christmas crystal angel figurines and beautifully decorated Douglas Fir trees in all of the rooms in her house. Libby doesn't like Nutcrackers and overturns them in CeCe's home.

This was a charming and certainly a big hit for me for getting ready for Christmas. It actually has a gorgeous plot and characters and stunning settings throughout the story. This is an excellent choice for those who need a slight nudge to help them kick start to prepare for the time of year that happiness is in the spirit of giving and not receiving. I loved this Christmas themed novel and recommend it to everyone. It is a feel good story without being a sappy predictable romance at its center. Animal lovers will find delight in this Christmas story and people who love delectable food with a sensual setting. This Christmas story is special and warmed my heart and is perfect for those who like Libby would rather not celebrate it because they don't have family find the Christmas spirit through good friends and community. While I was reading this I kept remembering one Christmas night driving in the car with loved ones and Viewing neighborhoods that lit up their houses and yards strung with Brilliant Christmas lights and attending a midnight Christmas Eve Mass when I was six years old. This book was able to evoke many more golden Christmas memories of the past that I had forgotten. Five Stars!

Publication Date: October 11, 2022 Available Now!

Thank you to Net Galley, Karen Schaler and HawkTale Publishing for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

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This book is a fabulous holiday read! The story caught me right from the beginning to the very end. It had all of the emotions that you are looking for in a holiday read, laughter, tears and love plus the expected happily ever after ending. The characters are well developed and you quickly become engrossed in their stories. A definite book to pick up for an amazing holiday read!!

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this was such a fun little read!! i'm so thankful to netgalley for letting me read this one early!! if you like sweet and cute characters, then pick this one up!!

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It's always a easure to read one of Karen's books and when you tend one you will read more. I couldn't wait to read this.
Lobby is a city hirl trying to set up her own business. She's all alone this xmas qnd she keeps annoying the neighbours by killing the Xmas decorations.shebfinds a card in her mother's belongings and goes on a small adventure to the mountains which is christmas overload. This book had everything you need for Christmas.
Libvy gets stuck up at Holly peak not that it's a problem but there's no room at the Inn.
I couldnt not put this book down. Christmas karen made it once again. Fabulous.

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Karen Schaler is amazing, an auto-buy author for me, and writes the best “I wish this were a TV movie, OH WAIT IT IS!” books ever.

LOVE ALWAYS, CHRISTMAS is about Libby Larson, who wants to run through the holidays at warp speed with herself wrapped in a blanket of BahHumBug.

After her mom passes, she finds a 20-year-old unopened letter and is taken to the town of Holly Peak.

Secrets start unraveling, quirky Christmas traditions in Holly Peak, and of course Adam Thompson are sure to make this a novel I won’t be able to put down.

No surprise I finished it in a day and loved it! Perfect cozy mountain town full of Christmas spirit and it was cute with the grumpy, forced proximity, plus none of the miscommunication troupe! Told ya she is the BEST Cozy Christmas Author EVER!

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Absolutely adored this cute Christmas escape! this one needs to come to life on the big screen so I can see the town and food trucks.
The family secrets, chemistry between the two main characters, and small town charm hooked me in and made this impossible to put down.
Highly recommend to all Christmas/Hallmark/closed door romance fans!

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A sweepingingly wonderful holiday romance. I adored this witty, funny, and intelligent romance com.

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This was the cutest Christmas story, and I would love to read more stories with these wonderful made characters. THe storyline was perfect , it has enough secrecy and mystery but not too much to make this a perfect Christmas story to read. I will definitely buy this book for the hard copy and to have all the cool recipes and activities the book has.

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i do love a Christmas romance ( I have not had one yet).
i made myself a lovely hot chocolate, got some biscuits and snuggled under the blanket to read this book the only thing that was missing was a big snowy house and a warm open fire but none the less i really enjoyed this lovely warm romantic read.
I really felt like i was there and found myself smiling the more i read.
This really should be on the Christmas list.

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Christmas is my favorite and Karen SCcaler is my favorite author when it comes to Christmas books. I can read her books any time of year and I am filled with the Christmas spirit all over again.
I loved getting lost in the town of Holly Peak. This is a fun story about love, loss, community, and secrets. If you start this book, don't plan on getting much of anything done for a while. YOu will be engulfed by its charm,

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