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Peek Inside A Family by Christmas

When a young girl needs special chocolates to help her widowed dad fall in love, Emma Miller is intrigued. But she never imagined how Grant Calloway and his daughter might change her life.

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Travel to snow-covered Wood Creek for a heartwarming Christmas where wishes can come true ...

Chocolatier Emma Miller has a new business selling bonbons to the residents of the quaint town of Wood Creek. When a tiny visitor stops by her shop with an interesting request, Emma is intrigued. The young girl needs chocolates that will help her widowed dad fall in love, preferably with her teacher. What Emma didn’t count on was Casey’s ever so charming and handsome dad, Grant, stepping into her life. She has to remind herself to be cautious, because the one thing she learned in foster care is that people always leave.

Pilot Grant Galloway is touched by his daughter’s gift and is curious about the person who made the world-class chocolates. But when he steps into Emma’s shop full of delicious smells and tasty morsels, he forgets to breathe. And it has nothing to do with his favorite dessert. She’s pretty and kind, and when she has to deal with a difficult client, his protective instincts kick into high gear. But he risked his heart once. When his wife died, it left him broken. He’s just now beginning to pick up the pieces, and he and his daughter will be leaving town once the holidays are over.

Thanks to some Christmas wishes, though, these two might discover that their carefully laid plans are about to change.

Each book in the Little Shops on Heart Street series is STANDALONE:

* A Family by Christmas
* A Valentine Proposal
* A Royal Second Chance Summer


“This was just a sweet, sweet story!” -Alicia M., Goodreads

“This was a sweet romance which captured my heart.” -Shalini G., Goodreads

A Family by Christmas is a cozy, heartwarming, holiday read set in the quaint town of Wood Creek. The prose is atmospheric and light. The characters are lonely, friendly, and thoughtful. And the plot is an engaging tale full of tender moments, friendship, family, community, self-discovery, merry preparations, and of course a touch of romance!” -What’s Better Than Books Blog

A Family by Christmas was an amazing holiday romance about the magic of Christmas and chocolate. I loved everything about this book. Since this book showcases Christmas wishes, I have one. Hallmark, please make this book into a Hallmark movie!!” -Siobhain P., Goodreads

A very sweet and endearing story!” -Suzette P., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638693
Series: Little Shops on Heart Street, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 14, 2019
Page Count: 350
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: girl next door, opposites attract

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By Zoe October 07, 2019

Amusing, sweet, and delightfully festive!

A Family by Christmas is a cosy, heartwarming, holiday read set in the quaint town of Wood Creek that takes us into the lives of two main characters. Emma, a young, hardworking woman struggling to start a new business and make a new home for herself, and Gran ...more

By Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews October 30, 2019

You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

Afamily by Christmas was chocolaty sweet romance that revolved round Emma, Grant and his lovely family in small town. It was about new venture in small town, family, love, belongingness, following your heart and gut feeling.

Emm ...more

By Shalini September 19, 2019

This was a sweet romance which captured my heart with its sweetness.

Child Casey walked into a chocolate shop wanting to buy magic bonbons to make her father Grant fall in love and be happy again. Tragedy had befallen this family. The chocolatier Emma was intrigued. Grant loved the chocolates and we ...more

By Erin September 09, 2019

4 star review of  A Family By Christmas by Viv Royce
What's not to love? It's the most magical time of the year and also happens to be my most favourite holiday. I love any story that is centred around Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together, celebrate and reflect on life.

This ...more

By Jackie August 14, 2020

4.5 Stars for A Family Christmas
Christmas is my favourite time of year and let’s be honest what’s not to love about a book that’s set in the magical season and spending time with loved ones, family and friends.
Emma grew up in the foster care system and she struggles to trust people because she is t ...more

By Lisa November 01, 2020

Chocolates, loss, love and small towns...

All crammed into a sweet novella.
Emma is new in town, unsure of her business decision of opening up a chocolate shop, when she is approached by Casey, a young girl who has an extended family and a father, Grant, but her mother died.

Grant is a widower, tryin ...more

By Marsha October 23, 2019

Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

A FAMILY BY CHRISTMAS is sure to warm your heart this holiday season, and one little girl will certainly steal hearts and scenes throughout this story. Really, everything you need to know before picking up this Christmas Romance is in the Cover Description. The only thing ...more

By Rochelle October 14, 2019

3.5/5 stars

Clean, short and sweet story. It was an ok read for me. I like my books with a little heat so that was a bit of a letdown for me. The story was good. It was like a Hallmark movie in print form. If that is what you like, then this will be the perfect book for you. It just wasn’t for me.

I ...more

By Ann January 31, 2020

Emma Miller has the candy shop in Wood Creek and almost everyone in town loves her chocolates. When young Casey stops by to get a box of bonbons for her Dad, Grant Emma is intrigued. All Casey wants is for her dad to be happy. This is a light easy to read Christmas romance of widower who has his lit ...more

By Lovely Loveday October 30, 2020

A Family by Christmas is the first book in the Little Shops on Heart Street series by Viv Royce. A  magical, cozy, and heartwarming holiday read set in the quaint town of Wood Creek that takes us into the lives of two main characters.  The characters are lonely, friendly, and thoughtful, set in a pl ...more

By Melanie November 12, 2019

If you are wanting a heartwarming Christmas read that will pull at your heart strings, this is the read for you. Viv Royce gives us a great read that will have you longing for the Christmas season and rooting for Emma and Grant. And of course, longing for some of Emma's bonbons. Lol

Emma is a young l ...more

By romancejunkie September 09, 2019

Emma is a product of the foster care system, and still has insecurities in trusting that people could chose to stay in her life and maybe come to lover her. One day while she is working on her candy store a adorable little girl comes there to talk to her and ask for her help in making her loved dad ...more

By B. September 08, 2019

This was a shortc sweet story about two lonely people bound together by their love for a little girl. Emma is the product of foster homes ever since her mother died when she was a little girl. She’s moved to this friendly, little New Hampshire town to open her dream store - a candy store where she m ...more

By Linda October 14, 2019

This is a delightful story that made me smile and kept me smiling. Emma is a woman raised in foster care that has never felt the kind of belonging and constancy that most of us take for granted. Grant is a widower whose whole foundation collapsed when his wife died suddenly, leaving him to raise the ...more

By Diane September 28, 2019

A cute Christmas love story!
Chocolatier Emma Miller just wants to make a go of her new business on Heart Street when Casey Galloway came in the shop to get some chocolates so her dad would fall in love with her teacher, Miss Evelyn. Casey didn’t have enough money but Emma wanted to help the little ...more

By Pam October 20, 2019

A sweet holiday read about a former foster child trying to find a place to call home. Emma has opened up a bonbon shop in a small town & is hoping to set her roots & establish herself. A young girl named Casey comes into her shop looking for help making her father happy again. As Emma is drawn close ...more

By Yvonne September 26, 2019

If you are looking for a clean, sweet, Christmas story with a child as one of the characters , this one is the one for you.
Wood Creek is the new home of chocolatier Emma Miller. A place filled with new beginnings and a new business for a woman whose years in the foster system made her feel not truly ...more

By Living My Best October 08, 2019

A Family by Christmas was an amazing holiday romance about the magic of Christmas and chocolate. I loved everything about this book. Since this book showcases Christmas wishes, I have one. Hallmark, please make this book into a Hallmark movie!!

The story was so cute and original. Emma was a chocolati ...more

By Roberta September 10, 2019

I loved this book, it is short for a novel, but sweet. I love the characters, I love Wood Creek, and the story is full of Christmas joy.

The idea of Casey going into the chocolate shop and asking Emma to help her make her daddy happy again is lovely, and the row of shops on Heart Street sounds deligh ...more

By Lori October 06, 2019

Emma and Grant are as sweet as the candy in Emma's shop. This has all the good feels like a Hallmark movie and plays as one in my mind as I read. Casey is a sweet heart who forms an immediate bond with Emma. And they work on helping Grant, Casey's dad, find happiness. I loved the family aspect and d ...more

By Alicia September 15, 2019

This is a sweet Christmas story. It's like a Hallmark movie in book form.

Sweet little girl Casey walks into Emma's shop with a request. She needs chocolates to help her Dad fall in love again because she wants him to be happy.
When Grant is moved by the gift from his daughter and has to find out here ...more

By Isabelle January 20, 2020

I read this a little late, but what a delightful Christmas story! The opening scene, with a little girl asking for chocolate that would make her father happy again, is super cute. I also loved Emma and Grant's first conversation, and... actually, the entire book is full of lovely scenes. And it has ...more

By Suzette October 14, 2019

A very sweet and endearing story. Casey decides she needs a Christmas miracle for her widowed father. She enlists the help of local chocolatier Emma. Emma is an orphan and and has a soft spot fo the little girl without a mother and decides to help her. Grant goes to see her and asks her help in show ...more

By Melissa October 13, 2019

The characters in A Family by Christmas were delightful! A young woman, just starting out on her dream after years in and out of foster care. A newly widowed father, trying to give his daughter a magical Christmas and a little girl who only wants her dad to fall in love and be happy. This was a quic ...more

By Tracy October 14, 2019

A Family by Christmas ia a delightful read. It is a sweet Christmas story. I truly enjoyed all the characters. It was well written and it has a really good storyline. I look forward to reading more stories by this author.
I read and reviewed an Advanced Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions a ...more

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Viv Royce

About the author

Viv Royce

With the same trademark atmospheric settings, relatable characters and cute canines that made several of her cozy mysteries #1 Amazon US and Canada bestsellers in multiple categories, Vivian Conroy pens romance as Viv Royce, creating heartthrob heroes ranging from rugged pilots to royals reluctant to believe in true love who meet their match in that girl next door or the co-worker with the business ideas exactly opposing their own – happy endings guaranteed! When not frequenting fictional worlds, Viv loves to hike (especially in the mountains), craft with paper, felt and clay, and hunt for the perfect cheesecake. Quite active on Twitter, she's the founder of #HistFicChat, a live Twitter chat about historical fiction, featuring authors like Kate Quinn, Anna Lee Huber and Susan Spann, and would love for readers to follow her and connect via @VivWrites.

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