Swiss Mistletoe and Macarons (Christmas Cookies)

New Adult

Jean-Marc has been offered his dream opportunity: a cooking show of his own on British television. The catch? He must find a partner, or the offer will be withdrawn. Unfortunately, Jean-Marc’s reputation precedes him, and no one wants to work with him. Livi Hanson lives in the United States, nannying for a wealthy family in order to support her sister’s college fees. But baking is her passion. When Jean-Marc and Livi cross paths in Switzerland, sparks fly. When they are challenged to work together, they must determine whether they can work together or if their personalities will ultimately clash. 

Delectable and enticing, “Swiss Mistletoe and Macarons” is a light and merry Christmas tale, bringing the magic of Switzerland to life. This is a short tale, allowing for quick reading that flies by in the blink of an eye. This has its appeal, though some of the chemistry between characters can feel a little rushed as a result. While their individual inner conflicts are well developed, their chemistry and interpersonal conflicts stay a bit more on the surface level. Where Ms. Zeigler truly shines is in her world building. In particular, the beauty of the Christmas market and the chalet are written in a way to truly display the magic of the season. Livi and Jean-Marc’s individual strengths and quirks also truly come through in the writing. Though the tensions between them is well developed, the resolution of their conflicts seems a bit rapid-fire. For playful holiday fun, readers can’t go wrong with “Swiss Mistletoe and Macarons.”

Shailyn Rogers