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Faking Christmas is lighthearted women’s fiction with sides of humor and romance and loosely based on Christmas in Connecticut.

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey (cover) image: graphic images of a man and woman holding a snow globe between them

Genre/Categories/Setting: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, Romance/RomCom, retelling, Christmas, rural Ohio

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My Summary of Faking Christmas:

Thanks #NetGalley @BerkleyPub for a complimentary e ARC of #FakingChristmas upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Laurel works as the social media manager for an Ohio tourism magazine and website. She often writes about her sister’s instragram-worthy farm. Her boss thinks it’s her farm (she doesn’t correct him) and invites himself for Christmas so he can experience the setting and traditions. Laurel panics because she fears she might lose her job if she tells him the truth. She sets out to trick her boss into thinking she’s the Martha Stewart of rural life. Things become complicated when a man (she dislikes) is chosen by her sister to play the role of husband. More complications arise when they are snowed in the entire weekend of Christmas Eve. If you are familiar with the classic movie, Christmas in Connecticut, this is a loose retelling.

My Thoughts:

Silly Antics

To pull off the ruse, things get hilariously out of hand and silliness abounds as Laurel attempts farm chores, cooking, and taking care of her sister’s children. If you are looking for a lighthearted romcom, you might enjoy Faking Christmas.

Main Character

Laurel is creative, able to take risks, sympathic, and is clever and funny. However, she’s not so adept at clearing up this misunderstanding. Will she lose her job as a consequence of the Christmas shennanigans?


Entertaining (and predictable) tropes include fake marriage, enemies to lovers, and grumpy meets sunshine.

Recommending Faking Christmas

If you enjoy light women’s fiction with a Christmas setting and generous sides of humor, pick up a copy of Faking Christmas this season.

Related: Also by Kerry Winfrey: Very Sincerely Yours

My Rating:  3.5  Stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Meet the Author of Faking Christmas, Kerry Winfrey

Author of Faking Christmas and Very Sincerely Yours, Kerry Winfrey

Kerry Winfrey is the author of the romantic comedies WAITING FOR TOM HANKS , NOT LIKE THE MOVIES, VERY SINCERELY YOURS, and JUST ANOTHER LOVE SONG. FAKING CHRISTMAS will be published on September 26th. She’s also the author of two YA novels. She lives with her family in the middle of Ohio.


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  1. I watched Christmas in Connecticut and now, I will read this one. It sounds fun, a good break from the Historical Fiction I have been reading this week. Nice review, Carol.

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