Snowed In by: Jessica Calla ~ A holiday romance book review

Emma Ballard, a retired supermodel, has been the acting CEO and face of her family’s clothing business for the past five years, living the busy corporate life in New York City. She meets the Jersey branch IT supervisor, theater-nerd Andrew Mooney, when she gets stuck in a snowstorm after an office function.

Getting to know widower Andrew, his grumpy vet father, and his adorable six-year-old twin girls opens Emma’s heart to the possibility of having love and family in her life. Andrew’s opinion of Emma, the “viper CEO” gossiped about at the water cooler, quickly changes as he discovers Emma’s wit, intelligence, and giving heart.

Although neither Emma nor Andrew are quite ready for a relationship and canoodling is against company policy, the holiday spirit of Manhattan is magical and contagious. As fate and Mother Nature would have it, Emma and Andrew keep finding themselves snowed in together, as they face their pasts and fall in love.

Yes, we are counting down to Christmas with another holiday read. Don’t judge me, it’s the time of year I get my elf on.

Jessica Calla is an author I am always excited to read, even when she steps out of the romance genre. While I adore her Sheridan Hall series (I’m a sucker for NA as we all know), Ms. Calla has also written a gripping and deep women’s fiction Maple Summer Wallace that has stuck with me long after I closed the book.

But let’s get back to Snowed In. Obviously I am in the holly jolly mood myself and as an avid Hallmark Christmas movie watcher, I am giddy to find books that are, essentially, Hallmark movies on paper.

One of my favorite tropes in general is a single dad trope. Typically when the single mom trope is done there is so much struggling included you don’t always feel like the woman is a strong person, but rather just one in need of saving. While I’ll never call single motherhood easy, I think that sometimes it’s overdone and exhausting. Throw a little gender bendy single dad at me and I am putty in your hands.

Enter Andrew.

Yup, I am a sucker for this leading man. He is a fabulous character all around and, I’ll fully admit that his single dad skills are mad on point and make me completely swoon.

And then we have Emma.

Now, I’ll be honest, from reading the blurb I was expecting to dislike Emma. Remember I am a Hallmark movie fan and typically if you’ve got a character who is a “big city ex-supermodel” she is a bit of a diva and needs a reality check that comes through the course of the story. That is not the case with Emma. She is so sweet and caring and just… absolutely precious. While Andrew and Emma manage to be portrayed so perfectly as opposites, they are both equally as likable and have you rooting for them to find their HEA.

Snowed In is EXACTLY the sweet romance you need to put you in the holiday spirit. Especially in 2020, this is the kind of read we need in our lives because I think this year has managed to give all of us a little extra dose of Grinchy attitude. Banish that green fella by grabbing a copy of Snowed In today. You will NOT regret it.

Where to find Snowed In


Barnes & Noble