Set in a snow-covered town in Quebec that is indeed the perfect setting for a holiday movie
If you are addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies you will love the book It Happened One Christmas by Chantel Guertin. In fact, you can’t help but picture the snowflakes falling as the heroine (Zoey Andrews, a big city movie producer) visits the small, idyllic town of Chelsea, Quebec hoping to film her holiday movie there.
It’s a charming and intriguing story as the film director tries to convince a dreamy yet grumpy mayor to give her permission to shoot her holiday movie in his town. Zoey lives and breaths Christmas and after directing countless holiday movies for other people, now is her chance to finally make her own movie. But it’s a small window of opportunity. What’s standing in her way? Benoît Deschamps, that sexy, bearded grouchy mayor who is also the owner of the local Christmas tree farm.
It’s down to the wire and with just four days left to Christmas, Zoey still hasn’t received permission to film in Chelsea. But fate intervenes and leaves Zoey and the Mayor stranded in the middle of nowhere. You can perhaps imagine what happens next. Does Zoey manage to win over Ben’s chilly attitude (and maybe even his heart?) Will her dream of filming her own holiday classic in this idyllic town finally become a reality?
Not wanting to give it all away, you’ll have to read It Happened One Christmas to see what really does happen! Hint: think Hallmark movie …
It Happened One Christmas is a fast, fun read that is perfect for an afternoon spent curled up by the fireplace as you escape to this idyllic snow-covered town in Quebec that is indeed the perfect setting for a holiday movie.
It Happened One Christmas, © 2023 Chantel Guertin, published by Doubleday Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Cover design and illustration by Emma Dolan. Snowflakes kornkun/iStock/Getty Images.
by Laurie Wallace-Lynch