The Hanukkah season and all that encompassed lifted this book from a 3 to a 4.The dialogue was great The camp setting was fun Unfortunately, there simply wasn t enough conflict between the two, no reason to believe they couldn t be together.Nice characters, nice story, wonderful Jewish content. I enjoyed this Wendell wrote this because she wanted to readHanukkah romances and I think she also ended up writing a story about people kind of like me most contemporary romance characters aren t like me I m not Jewish, but I grew up in a Christian church and went to Christian camps sadly far, far, far less awesome ones that the Jewish one portrayed here and so I feel like I could relate to these characters backgrounds and how those backgrounds shaped them.And it was a best friend I enjoyed this Wendell wrote this because she wanted to readHanukkah romances and I think she also ended up writing a story about people kind of like me most contemporary romance characters aren t like me I m not Jewish, but I grew up in a Christian church and went to Christian camps sadly far, far, far less awesome ones that the Jewish one portrayed here and so I feel like I could relate to these characters backgrounds and how those backgrounds shaped them.And it was a best friend to lovers story of the kind I like, where they re mostly in the same place at the same time, not one pining forever with the other oblivious I don t like pining or unrequited love I had trouble getting into the writing at times, but, overall, I liked this a lot and hope Wendell writesThis should be free everywhere Genevieve and Jeremy have known each other since they were seven, and have been summertime best friends at Camp Meira, a Jewish overnight camp in the mountains As campers, and then as staff, their friendship was a constant, something neither wanted to change, no matter how tempting those changes might be Then, last year, with little warning, Jeremy left camp early After that summer, Gen left the country on a graduate fellowship Now, a little over a year since they were last at Meira, Gen and Jeremy are back together to help run a special Winter Camp during Hanukkah Any water under the bridge is frozen this time of year, and with so much left unspoken and unexplained, this week may be their chance to rekindle their friendship, or turn it into something new A Hanukkah romance A non Christian holiday romance There don t seem to be many of those so it made for a nice change Oh, it was similar to Christmas romances snow, sweetness, presents, love and light but from a different angle and with a different perspective I had good intentions of actually posting this during but, well, good intentions and all, we know how those go Still, I m only a little bit late Now, after all that, I didn t love the story I had trouble relating Gen and Jeremy a A Hanukkah romance A non Christian holiday romance There don t seem to be many of those so it made for a nice change Oh, it was similar to Christmas romances snow, sweetness, presents, love and light but from a different angle and with a different perspective I had good intentions of actually posting this during but, well, good intentions and all, we know how those go Still, I m only a little bit late Now, after all that, I didn t love the story I had trouble relating Gen and Jeremy and their love of summer winter camp But then I didn t enjoy camp one bit the summers I attended Still, their attachment to camp was sometimes difficult to relate to and that s an integral part of the story There were a few references that didn t make sense, maybe because I had only a little experience with camps andexplanation would have been good The camp, Meira, is a home away from home, particularly for Gen, but it s also a special island outside of real life where both Gen and Jeremy can let go and let loose Jeremy at times was oddly immature and ridiculous but his life away from camp is serious with little opportunity to cut loose Still, it was hard at times to take him seriously Both Gen and Jeremy are attracted to each other but except for a kiss over a year ago, neither has acted upon it Gen obsessed over it and I wanted to slap her at times to put up or shut up They slowly act on their feelings, revealing different sides of themselves.To be honest, I didn t always get the appeal that G J had for each other but then I never really connected with either of them They were nice enough, except for Jeremy s immaturity, but neither one ever clicked with me As a result, I wasn t particularly invested in their romance Oddly, I did find myself invested in the future of the camp, which was in question for part of the story It s a holiday romance so happy endings all around though it never gets sticky sweet, thankfully, and there s funny banter with a bit of steam between Gen and Jeremy Lighting the Flames didn t light my flame but it was sweet, if a little boring at times, and it was a nice change from Christmas romances DNF 42%I tried to keep going, I really did Especially seeing as though I was nearly halfway through the ebook already, but one of my New Year s resolutions about books is not to waste time if I m not enjoying them, since there are so many out there still to be read.The writing just didn t work for me at all Plus, the characters and the story lack real depth for me and I had a hard time connecting with either of them I m guessing that age wise Gen and Jeremy are supposed to be in their early DNF 42%I tried to keep going, I really did Especially seeing as though I was nearly halfway through the ebook already, but one of my New Year s resolutions about books is not to waste time if I m not enjoying them, since there are so many out there still to be read.The writing just didn t work for me at all Plus, the characters and the story lack real depth for me and I had a hard time connecting with either of them I m guessing that age wise Gen and Jeremy are supposed to be in their early twenties, but they read like they re 14.It s mostly just the fact that I don t like the writing style, though, which infects everything else so I suspect other books by this author would have the same reaction on my part A really sweet story and a quick read I liked Gen and Jeremy The Jewish holiday thing was quite unusual, and I admit I don t know too much about this specific one, I never really read about the Maccabees And to be honest, comparing Hanukkah and Christmas one miracle victory could never, ever compete with the Word becoming flesh, dwelling among us, full of grace and truth It rather pleasantly reminded me of post Christmas to New Year s Eve Christian choir camps in the past with less o A really sweet story and a quick read I liked Gen and Jeremy The Jewish holiday thing was quite unusual, and I admit I don t know too much about this specific one, I never really read about the Maccabees And to be honest, comparing Hanukkah and Christmas one miracle victory could never, ever compete with the Word becoming flesh, dwelling among us, full of grace and truth It rather pleasantly reminded me of post Christmas to New Year s Eve Christian choir camps in the past with less outdoorsy activities but quite a lot of fun and games, friendships and great food A Hanukkah romance Winter holidays in July I wanted to like thisthan I did The author s creation with another person is a website I adore smartbitchestrashybooks.com I liked Wendell s non fiction books This was her first romance.I didn t really connect with Gen and Jeremy I felt that they were immature Definitely reads as a NA romance What I did like was the Hanukkah aspect, I learned a bit.For Ripped Bodice Bingo I am using this for the Summer Camp square while I know this was A Hanukkah romance Winter holidays in July I wanted to like thisthan I did The author s creation with another person is a website I adore smartbitchestrashybooks.com I liked Wendell s non fiction books This was her first romance.I didn t really connect with Gen and Jeremy I felt that they were immature Definitely reads as a NA romance What I did like was the Hanukkah aspect, I learned a bit.For Ripped Bodice Bingo I am using this for the Summer Camp square while I know this wasn t set exactly during a summer camp, it was set at location that hosts a yearly summer camp and both MC were attendants as children and staff as adults The secondary characters were attendants staff at previous summer camps and now the special winter camp in which this is set I do not know a lot about Hanukkah but I am always very curious about holidays When I saw that this book was up for grabs I got it for 99c but I heard its free onnow , I went for it I really enjoyed reading about Jewish traditions and their prayers First off, I only went to one camp thank goodness it wasn t a sleepaway camp in my life and hated it with such a passion that my parents never sent me to anything like it again So I can t really relate to any great camping experience an I do not know a lot about Hanukkah but I am always very curious about holidays When I saw that this book was up for grabs I got it for 99c but I heard its free onnow , I went for it I really enjoyed reading about Jewish traditions and their prayers First off, I only went to one camp thank goodness it wasn t a sleepaway camp in my life and hated it with such a passion that my parents never sent me to anything like it again So I can t really relate to any great camping experience and therefore the plot wasn t particularly engaging for me.Jeremy is the energizer s bunny s long lost brother That guy is so energetic and vivacious I thought he might be on something Like maybe he goes through a Red Bull IV every morning He s also super happy which turned out to be a little annoying I did like that he was a great listener and that he genuinely cared about Gen Aside from his facial hair I m weak for it , he really didn t do it for me Gen is a down to earth, sweet girl She s the energizer bunny s partner in crime and she recently lost her parents in a car accident Grief is handled quite beautifully in this novel Made me tear upthan once view spoiler I loved the part where Jeremy brought a yahrzeit candle for Gen to light in the cabin It was so beautiful and thought of him Kinda made me forgive him for being so upbeat And then when he sat with her parents after they had passed, it broke my heart Jeremy is definitely a keeper hide spoiler Their relationship was so harmonious, so happy, I really wondered how on earth they would take the next step and consummate it Considering how happy go lucky they are, the deed would seem too dirty for them Mind you, this is a sweet romance so there is no dirtiness here to witness.I think the book could ve handled a bitediting because I encountered a few clunky sentences like this one 56% in Was she was the reason he looked a little unhappy Overall, it was an okay, sweet holiday read Jewish winter or summer camp isn t an event I m at all familiar with, and this book tosses you right into this world at a turning point in the relationship of Jeremy and Genevieve, who have been summer camp buddies first as campers and then as camp counselors for most of their lives The owners of the camp are trying a family winter camp over Hanukkah as an experiment, and Jeremy and Gen have been hired as counselors for the week long event They haven t seen each other for about a year and Jewish winter or summer camp isn t an event I m at all familiar with, and this book tosses you right into this world at a turning point in the relationship of Jeremy and Genevieve, who have been summer camp buddies first as campers and then as camp counselors for most of their lives The owners of the camp are trying a family winter camp over Hanukkah as an experiment, and Jeremy and Gen have been hired as counselors for the week long event They haven t seen each other for about a year and a half, since they both went off to school in different places Before they parted, there was one single kiss that has them both wondering how to pursue the relationship now that they re finally both in the same place again.This is a fairly light and lighthearted contemporary romance, with lots of funny banter between Jeremy and Gen and lots of camp antics I got a little lost a few times when things were going on color wars that might be a lotfamiliar to readers who have gone to sleep away camps I had a few minor complaints Jeremy often seemed kind of immature, the story occasionally got a little disjointed e.g., someone named Michael shows up long enough to complain about Jeremy s work ethic, and then promptly disappears from the story , and a couple of times events were of the head scratching variety why was Gen getting all excited, with her heart beating faster, when it was just Scott driving her home from camp, not Jeremy Seems like an editing glitch But overall it was a pleasant evening s read.3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 for the uniqueness value I enjoyed this look into one small part of Jewish culture.Content advisory some swearing, including a couple of F bombs Some innuendos and talk about should we or shouldn t we Fade to black scene Nothing explicit Who could resist this fun little trip through Sarah Wendell s brain There really should beromance novels set at camps, too Reading this made me sorry that I never had that experience Canoe Stonehenge Hysterical.