Resting Scrooge Face

Resting Scrooge Face

Resting Scrooge Face

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“Resting Scrooge Face” by Meghan Quinn is a delightful and festive read that combines the warmth of the holiday season with the thrill of reconnecting with a lost love. Set against the charming backdrop of Bright Harbor, Maine, this short romance novel expertly blends humor, heartache, and the magic of Christmas to tell the story of Nola and Caleb, two old flames whose paths cross once again in the most unexpected of ways.

“Resting Scrooge Face” is an utterly delightful novella that captures the essence of holiday romance with a playful nod to classic tales like ‘You’ve Got Mail’ and its precursor, ‘The Shop Around the Corner.’ However, this story carves its unique path by reuniting not work rivals but former lovers through an unexpected exchange of letters, blending nostalgia with fresh, contemporary charm.


From the outset, this novella hooked me. I was eager to see the unfolding connection between our protagonists, affectionately dubbed Resting Scrooge Face and Ho Ho No. Their initial reluctance, aimed at nothing more than a shared commiseration over their mutual disdain for the festive season, evolves beautifully into a series of exchanges filled with humor, vulnerability, and a palpable chemistry that leaps off the page.

The premise of a discarded letter becoming the catalyst for a renewed connection is whimsical and heartwarming. It serves as a testament to the idea that sometimes, a little intervention—courtesy of a well-meaning but nosy secondary character—can set the stage for unexpected joy and healing.

What truly elevates this story is the authenticity and depth of its characters. Their interactions, particularly the letters that see them sharing everything from holiday gripes to hilariously intimate anecdotes, are crafted with such genuine warmth and humor that it’s impossible not to root for their reunion. The narrative is peppered with light-hearted moments, notably the infamous ‘massaging balls’ incident, which adds a layer of relatability and fun to their relationship.

Yet, it’s the moment of revelation—when their true identities come to light—that the story shines brightest. The blend of anticipation, humor, and genuine emotion encapsulates the magic of reconnecting with a lost love, especially during a time of year that’s all about forgiveness, second chances, and new beginnings.

Meghan Quinn’s skillful balance of lighthearted banter and heartfelt moments makes “Resting Scrooge Face” a standout novella. It’s a story that embraces the cheesiness inherent in grand romantic gestures, affirming that sometimes, a little cheese is exactly what’s needed to make things right. This short but sweet tale is a perfect holiday read for those who love their romance served with a side of laughter, a dash of nostalgia, and a hefty helping of heartfelt warmth.

With her aversion to Christmas following a painful breakup, Nola is determined to navigate the holiday season in her hometown with as little festivity as possible. However, the ever-present cheer of Bright Harbor, coupled with the unavoidable presence of Caleb, the boy who once shattered her heart, complicates her plans. Meghan Quinn skillfully portrays Nola’s internal struggle, making her a relatable protagonist whose journey from cynicism to rediscovery of joy is both engaging and heartwarming.

Caleb, now a grown man and still residing in Bright Harbor, becomes an unwitting catalyst for change when a mysterious letter, facilitated by the town’s mailman, reignites the connection between him and Nola. The twist? Nola is unaware that her newfound pen pal, with whom she shares her disdain for the holiday season and, eventually, flirty exchanges, is none other than Caleb himself.

Quinn excels in creating a narrative that is as much about the importance of communication and honesty in relationships as it is about the spirit of Christmas. The epistolary element of the story adds a layer of intrigue and charm, allowing both characters to express themselves more freely and honestly than they might face-to-face. This setup serves as a clever plot device and enriches the development of their relationship, offering readers a glimpse into the genuine connection and lingering attraction between Nola and Caleb.

As their correspondence evolves, so too does the realization that their feelings for each other, though complicated by the past, are as potent as ever. Quinn navigates this delicate balance with a deft hand, ensuring the journey toward reconciliation and potential romance never feels forced or implausible. The author’s signature blend of witty dialogue, engaging characters, and heartfelt moments shines through, making “Resting Scrooge Face” a compelling read that captivates from start to finish.

“Resting Scrooge Face” is a testament to Meghan Quinn’s ability to craft stories that are not only entertaining but also deeply resonant. The novel serves as a reminder that the holiday season, with all its potential for new beginnings and forgiveness, can also be a time for love to rekindle and flourish. With its HEA ending, this festive romance is a perfect read for those looking to indulge in a quick yet satisfying holiday tale that leaves a lasting impression.

Resting Scrooge Face

After a bad breakup, Nola wants nothing to do with Christmas, especially in her quaint hometown of Bright Harbor, Maine. Infuriatingly charming and cheery, Nola’s surroundings only worsen her sour mood.

To make matters worse, Caleb, the boy who broke her heart years ago, is all grown up and still living in town. While doing her best to avoid him, Nola bumps into the local mailman, who gives her a mysterious letter. And when she finds that the writer is a fellow Scrooge, she can’t help but feel her spirit lifting.

Nola writes back to her new pen pal—who, unbeknownst to Nola, is none other than Caleb. When Caleb gets a response hand delivered by the mailman, he’s intrigued by the mystery sender. A friendly correspondence develops—and quickly turns flirtatious.

Although Nola and Caleb claim they can’t stand each other, they can’t deny the simmering attraction that brought them together in the first place. Can these nameless pen pals write their own love story—or will they be too caught up with the ghosts of their Christmases past to find a future together?