Review: The Christmas Cottage / Ever After

An exciting reissue of both books in the beloved Christmas Cottage series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase, just in time for the holidays .

Legend has it that any couple who spends the night in the Christmas Cottage shall have love everlasting…

XmasCottageThe Christmas Cottage
by Samantha Chase


Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend Ava does, and she’s the one getting married. It’s Lacey’s job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the bride-to-be’s brother, Ean Callahan, and begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.




Sweet, sexy and surreal. These are about the best descriptions I could give The Christmas Cottage Ever After and it felt really good to read these stories that have a Christmas setting.

First story was about Lacey who was tasked to decorate The Christmas Cottage, the place where her best friend Ava was supposed to spend her honeymoon. It had been said that this cottage promised a happily-ever-after kind of relationship or basically a long-lasting love to any couple who spent their holidays/honeymoon there. And Ava was determined to push through with her wedding so she had set everything that needed to be settled in order for her and Mason to get the best Christmas wedding/honeymoon in the cottage.

Lacey didn’t believe in such magical legend but she had no choice except to adhere to her friend’s wishes. She was prepared to do her task, until she learned that Ean Callahan was going to be her partner in decorating the college. Ean, her best friend’s brother. Ean, her childhood crush. Ean, the man she attempted to kiss at the age 14 but got her heart broken.

Twelve years after their bitter separation, Lacey and Ean faced each other again. And everything else changed around them.

I fell for these two long-suffering love birds’ love story. I felt the pain and awkwardness and bliss the two had to endure while at the Christmas cottage. Left me feeling really good and in love.

everafterEVER AFTER by Samantha Chase

Ava Callahan wants desperately to believe in love everlasting. But when Brian McCabe walks back into her life and upsets her carefully organized world, her commitment to perfection makes it hard for her to accept the love that’s right in front of her. Will it take a night in the Christmas Cottage for Ava and Brian to find their happy ending?

Now, this second story was about Ava Callaghan and her happily ever after. But not with the man she was supposed to marry. Mason and Ava had broken up – a big sigh of thank you there – and soon, eight months later, Brian, the original best man, came back and rocked her world. Brian was Mason’s best friend, and he knew about the Bro Code, so as much as possible, he didn’t want to fall for Ava. But how long could these two reluctant lovers suppress their feelings?

I must admit, I didn’t really like Ava’s character since the beginning. I was quickly put off by her annoying childish attitude. She was like this spoiled brat who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Brian, however, changed my opinion of their forbidden love affair. He was quite a character, an exact opposite to Ava and a real gentleman. I’m glad with the realization in the end and somehow, made me look at Ava even better.

Samantha Chase writes colorful love stories that will surely win every hopeless romantics. I’m happy I was able to read this book. I had an upsetting evening two nights before and this book made it all good. Truly, this had been an early Christmas treat!




Samantha Chase

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.


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