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Peek Inside The Christmas Layover

When Ally’s flight gets diverted to the tiny town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get home in time for Christmas. When she meets Jake, sparks fly, but he’ll always be a small-town boy.

The Christmas Layover

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The weather forecasters said the snowstorm would miss the eastern seaboard. They were wrong. When Ally Henderson’s flight from Southern California to New York City for Christmas gets diverted to the tiny Midwestern town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get back in the air and back to the Big Apple. But with all the airports closed, she’s forced to rely on Midwestern hospitality to wait out the storm. And she soon learns that she has a storm of her own to weather. One that could shatter her life.

Living with a kind stranger is one way to spend a snowed-in Christmas, but when she meets the local diner owner, Jake, sparks fly. Only, Ally’s a big-city girl with big-city dreams, and Jake will always be a Bethlehem boy.


"This is such a feel good Christmas story! I couldn't put this one down once I started it." -Melanie, Goodreads

"This has Hallmark Christmas Movie written all over it! I can totally see this as a movie on that channel and getting lost in its festive romance every winter!" -Shia, Goodreads

"This was a sweet, super festive Christmas story. That I got completely lost in for a couple of hours." -Mags N., Goodreads

"This was a really nice xmas story, lots of wonderful characters, a beautiful town, budding friendships and new romances. This book would make the perfect hallmark story, slightly unbelievable but charming nonetheless." -Book Lovers Anonymous

Fantastic read that is full of holiday charm as we learn about new friends, new life, new love and most of all new hope.” -Bette H., Goodreads

“This is a sweet, and very romantic seasonal Christmas story. It is a wholesome story of family, friendship and community.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

“This is a sweet, small-town romance, with lovely supporting characters and that made-for-tv holiday movie feel to it.” -Indecisive Opinions

Jake and Ally’s Christmas story is incredibly sweet, and includes a lovely supporting cast.” -Alison P., NetGalley

A charming Christmas tale of love after loss.” -Jenn C., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636835
Release Date: Nov 12, 2018
Page Count: 270
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: fish out of water, friends to lovers, overcoming odds, road romance

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By Bette November 11, 2018

Fantastic read that is full of holiday charm as we learn about new friends, new life, new love and most of all new hope. When a plane full of people is diverted to a small town by inclement weather, the entire population of Bethlehem, Co opens their hearts and homes to them. Ally Henderson is one... ...more

By Elaine November 21, 2018

This is a delightful festive romance set mainly in Bethlehem, Colorado. It begins with Ally Henderson flying to New York where she is to marry her business partner fiancé in a few days time. Inclement weather forces the plane to land in the small airport near Bethlehem. The people of the equally... ...more

By Becky November 06, 2018

Quite a pleasant and charming surprise...not having read anything by this author before now, I didn’t know what to expect, but I’ve been blown away by just how enraptured I was by the story and its characters. The town’s Christmas symbolisms were not without notice, they were so effortlessly lace... ...more

By Susan October 29, 2018

THE CHRISTMAS LAYOVER by Robert Tate Miller is a sweet Christmas story. A plane full of people flying home for the holidays is diverted due to bad weather to a small town. The passengers stay in various private homes of the residents. A relationship develops between the passengers, crew and the t... ...more

By Kristin November 05, 2018

"Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review."

Loved this book very much. It had just enough sweet romance and the storyline was great! I highly recommend! ...more

By Mags November 05, 2018


This was a sweet, super festive Christmas story. That I got completely lost in for a couple of hours and even though it was a little predictable I still really enjoyed reading it. And can easily see myself rereading it around Christmas time for many years to come.

**I was kindly provided with... ...more

By Bec_BookMagicReviews November 19, 2018

when Ally Henderson finds herself in the small town of Bethlehem after her flight to New York is diverted due to bad weather, she's determined to make the most of it. However, it's not that easy, especially when she's so far away from her real life and then her fiancée turns her life upside down.... ...more

By Ayekah October 31, 2018

A nice little Holiday read and I loved the premise of this story! Fantastic!
When a winter storm grounds a plane full of people heading to NY for the holidays it's forced to land in the middle of nowhere, a town called Bethlehem. Yep! It's Christmas. Seat mates Noel, who is very pregnant and next... ...more

By Kim Reads November 12, 2018

The Christmas Layover marks my first time reading Robert Tate Miller. In another writing life, Robert was a screenwriter for several Hallmark movies. Thus, I had really high expectations for The Christmas Layover. Sadly, the book didn’t meet those expectations. That isn’t to say the story wasn’t... ...more

By Jessica November 15, 2018

Ally is on her way to NYC to have the wedding of her dreams when a snowstorm derails her plans and becomes the start to lot of revealed bad news. While the plane is grounded in a small town Bethlehem the passengers have to wait for the news to get back on track they will stay with host families.... ...more

By Connie November 13, 2018

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This was just so adorable. I totally loved the premise of this story. The back of the book told of a city that opened it's residents' homes to a flight that was diverted during 9/11. I guess I really nev... ...more

By Nicole November 23, 2018

4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this one so much. I will admit I was cringing along with Ally with everything thrown her way. I felt so bad for her, but she took a horrible situation and made the best of it. Everything she went through may be an unexpected blessing. I want visit Bethlehem at Christmas... ...more

By Alicia November 23, 2018

I love holiday reads and this one was no exception. The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller hits you with all the good feels. Right from the start I was giggling at how the flight started out with Ally and Noel and hoe Noel wore poor Ally down to the point she was spilling her fears and thoug... ...more

By Suzette November 12, 2018

When life knocks you down you can always choose to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on to bigger and better things. This is how Ally and Jake chose to make their life worthwhile. This is a sweet, and very romantic seasonal Christmas story. It is a wholesome story of family, friendshi... ...more

By Sofie November 11, 2018

The Christmas Layover is a heartwarming story that takes place around the holidays in a little town called - yup - Bethlehem. I loved the style of writing and the setting. The story begins when a plane full of passengers has to land in a small town due to a blizzard. Ally, about to get married, a... ...more

By Jenn November 13, 2018

A charming Christmas tale of love after loss. Ally's plane to her wedding destination is diverted due to weather. When she comes across information that could shatter her entire world, she must decide how to proceed. Jake runs the diner in town and has a heart-breaking past.
I admit, I wanted to s... ...more

By Gwen November 14, 2018

Wonderful story! When a blizzard strands the passengers of an airplane, an entire town opens their homes to the passengers. Great story! ...more

By Eva December 03, 2018

when ally henderson ends up stranded in bethlehem, colorado in the christmas layover. she is pretty sure her christmas wedding plans are falling apart. this is made even more certain when she learns her fiancé has left her a letter breaking things off and cleaned out their bank accounts. trapped... ...more

By Sherri November 09, 2018

This was such a sweet Christmas romance. From the moment I picked it up I was totally enchanted with the small town and all the people in it. A plane headed for New York full of passengers gets diverted to small town called Bethlehem because of a winter storm. I love how the passengers start to b... ...more

By Melena November 13, 2018

An adorable Christmas story that feels perfect for the season.

Ally is traveling from Los Angeles to New York for her wedding when a storm forces her flight to be diverted to the small Colorado town of Bethlehem. Her life and plans quickly take some unexpected turns, but she and her fellow flight... ...more

By Melanie October 29, 2018

This is such a feel good Christmas story! I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and falling in love with them and the Midwestern town of Bethlehem. This story flows really well and I did not feel that there were any lulls in the story at all. I couldn't put this one down once I starte... ...more

By Debra November 13, 2018

Alley boards a plane for New York for her wedding day,but fate steps in .The plane is diverted to a small town of Bethlehem,no lodging available because the hotel is under remodeling ,so the passengers are welcomed to stay with the town folk.Noel ,ally's seat mate on the plane is going to deliver... ...more

By Gabby November 13, 2018

The Christmas Layover was a really cute holiday read with a lot of heart, compassion and small town charm. I really enjoyed it. l absolutely adored the great mix of character personalities and the dynamic between Jake and Ally. Overall, The Christmas Layover is the type of book that makes you wan... ...more

By Stella November 14, 2018

Ally is on her way to her own Christmas wedding! She’s ready and looking forward to marrying Tim, and continuing to build their yoga studio together. Due to a blizzard, her flight, with all passengers and crew, is grounded in Bethlehem! Unfortunately, this little town has only 1 inn, and it’s und... ...more

By Shia November 05, 2018

Rating 5/5

This has Hallmark Christmas Movie written all over it! I can totally see this as a movie on that channel and getting lost in its festive romance every winter! I mean when the plane gets diverted and the townspeople take it upon themselves to host EVERY passenger, its so picturesque! The... ...more

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Robert Tate Miller

About the author

Robert Tate Miller

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Tate Miller was raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina where he started writing at a young age. Rob has written many screenplays and has had six movies produced for the small screen. His TV movie credits include Three Days, Secret Santa, Hidden Places, Farewell Mr. Kringle, Christmas Cookies and Love Struck Café. Rob wrote the novels Secret Santa (Atria), Forever Christmas (Thomas Nelson), and The Christmas Star (Waterfall Press). Rob graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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