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The heart knows the language of love.Sign language interpreter, Amanda Kranz, wants to find her soul mate but fears her chance has past due to the death of her childhood sweetheart. Finding sexy historian Henry Jager during an outing in her new home of Vienna, Austria, may have been a stroke of luck. When his ex-fiancée shows up just as their relationship starts to sizzle,The heart knows the language of love.Sign language interpreter, Amanda Kranz, wants to find her soul mate but fears her chance has past due to the death of her childhood sweetheart. Finding sexy historian Henry Jager during an outing in her new home of Vienna, Austria, may have been a stroke of luck. When his ex-fiancée shows up just as their relationship starts to sizzle, Amanda must decide if standing up for what she really wants will give her lifetime happiness. Or will she be destined to spend life alone?NOTE: This is a sweet romance novella...

Title : A Viennese Christmas
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ISBN : 18584546
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Number of Pages : 60 Pages
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A Viennese Christmas Reviews

  • Lynn Spencer
    2019-04-01 06:01

    C- so 2.5 stars I spent a summer and semester in Vienna in college,so when I saw A Viennese Christmas available on Netgalley, I pounced on it. I have happy memories of Austria and would love to see more romance set there. This novella didn't exactly put me in the Christmas spirit, but perhaps someday I'll find another.Crain's story revolves around two expats in Vienna over Christmas. Amanda Kranz works as a sign language interpreter for the UN and even though she's been in Vienna for quite some time, she hasn't really made friends or started to feel at home there. Heck, she hasn't even bothered learning the most basic of German. I knew people like Amanda when I was in Vienna, and they annoyed me greatly as they passed up the delights of coffeeshops, bakeries and amazing fresh food to go chow down in McDonald's.Luckily for Amanda, Henry Jager is much more patient. Henry meets Amanda while she is out taking in the sights of the Christkindl markets, a traditional and very festive outdoor event that marks the season in Vienna. He steers her away from one of the more touristy markets and starts to take her on a journey through the city. And along the way, the two start to flirt, a walk in Vienna later becomes dinner and before they know it, the two are dating their way through the Christmas season.This is a partial review. You can find the complete text here:

  • Linda
    2019-04-23 12:09

    A Viennese Christmas is a sweet romance in novella form. Heroine Amanda Kranz is alone in Vienna where she works at the UN as a sign language interpreter. Her life there is solitary until she meets another American, Henry Jager, an attractive young man who also works for the UN. Sparks fly between them, and they happily spend some time together, chatting, exploring the city, and building the foundation for a relationship.Author Lynn Crain makes excellent use of her own experience of living in Vienna to describe various places and customs, including the Christkindlemarkts, or Christmas markets, that spring up all over the city in the weeks before Christmas. There are some heartfelt discussions about both the good and the bad points of it's like to live in another country where you don't speak the language, particularly during the holidays (Having had this experience myself, I could relate!)The novella is well written, with many evocative phrasings that do justice both to the genre and to the charm of Vienna at Christmastide. The dialogue between Amanda and Henry sparkles. The only flaw I noted was that there is not much conflict during the first half of the story. The heroine does have a couple of events in her past that make her disinclined to allow anyone too close to her, but these don't interfere much with the developing romance. In the second half, conflict is introduced in the form of the hero's ex fiancée, who wants him back. I wondered why the hero would ever have hooked up with such a ditzy woman, much less wanted to marry her. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the way the heroine dealt with this threat to her relationship, and her growth as a character. I also enjoyed the hero's thoughtfulness and understanding of his lover's past family history. Together they made an appealing couple.All in all, I would warmly recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a sweet romance.

  • Angel
    2019-03-29 08:14

    I didn't like this story very much at all. I read it because years ago, I visited Vienna and thought it was a beautiful city. I'd hoped for more of Vienna in this book. But other than a brief mention of the Belvedere and some Christmas Markets - no detail at all - this story could have taken place anywhere. I didn't like the style in which it was written, the characters lacked depth. There just wasn't much of a story. Woman has lived in Vienna for a year but has made no attempt to learn anything about city. Meets a guy while at a Christmas market - her first attempt to explore city - they date, fall in love by Christmas, the end. I especially disliked the ending. He decides to invite her parents to Vienna for Christmas for his proposal - even though the character has explained she has no real relationship with her parents. I thought that was creepy. In this day and age a woman should be able to make big decisions without her parents' approval - especially if they aren't even a big part of her life.

  • Elle Markov
    2019-03-31 07:15

    UN interpreter Amanda Kranz is spending the holidays on her own in Vienna, Austria; on a shopping trip she meets Henry Jager another UN worker who is out and about.Their story is a love at first sight romance and its so sweet and entertaining. Everything is going so well for Amanda and Henry, until pow, Henry's ex-fiancé shows up, wanting to pick up where they left off. That right there was the craziest twist, as I was reading that I was like "lady are your for FN real"; read the book and you too will agree.The characters were enjoyable; Amanda is a bit shy, has some confidence issues, but when you read her story, you understand how her personality was affected. Henry is like the super nice, boy next door type who for some reason got engaged to a crazy B. I would have reacted the book a little higher except I felt that if it had been a bit longer, with a bit more detail on how they both deal with their families. Overall, the story was still nice and enjoyable, it's a short read, about an hour long; but still fun.Rating 3.5 out of 5Read@Book

  • Kristy McCaffrey
    2019-03-29 10:56

    This wonderful novella will transport you to Vienna during the Christmas season, making you feel the chill in the air while the aroma of hot drinks surrounds you. Amanda has been living in Vienna but has never truly connected with her new home. When she meets Henry one evening while strolling through one of the many Christmas markets, the beginnings of an attraction take hold. Henry, also an American, has embraced the foreign countryside, prompting Amanda to open her heart to this magical place as well as to the new man in her life. When Henry's ex-fiancee suddenly appears, Amanda must finally decide what she really wants...and it's definitely Henry. A Viennese Christmas is an enjoyable and quick read that will make you feel as if you've taken a European vacation.

  • David Andrews
    2019-04-01 08:05

    Amanda meets Henry at the Christkindlemarkts and there is an instant attraction between two people damaged by previous relationships. This develops quickly until interrupted by Henry’s ex-fiancé, his older brother, and Amanda’s parents. All this sets the scene for Henry’s final surprise.This book proves that good intentions do not always make great books. The romance is sweet and there is some depth to the characters, but they do not always react truly. The character development is hidden from the reader until it is revealed by actions. This is a short story that might have been better as a novelIn spite of all that, I enjoyed it as a piece of light reading and a memento of the Wien I visited years ago.

  • Margaret Tanner
    2019-04-08 05:09

    This was a charming Christmas story, set in Vienna. At a Christkinde market, (Christmas market), Amanda Kranz meets a fellow American Henry Jager. They both work at the UN Headquarters, but did not know each other before their chance encounter. There is an attraction between them, but what I found especially appealing is their romance proceeds at a slow, gentle pace. The author’s description of Vienna makes me want to visit there.Jenna Gordon, Henry’s ex arrives on the scene hoping to rekindle their romance, but Henry by this time is smitten with Amanda.This is a lovely, feel good Christmas novella.

  • Verity W
    2019-04-06 07:02

    ****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review*****This is much more of a straight up romance than I usually read - but it was still quite enjoyable. It did feel a bit two dimensional in places - not much detail about Amanda or Henry's jobs - or about their lives beyond their relationship - and the spoke in the wheel of his ex-fiance occurs very late on and is fairly rapidly resolved. But really that's fine for a novella really - better do deal with the relationship well (and this does on the whole) than set too many things going and not have enough time to develop them. It filled half an hour or so perfectly well.

  • Sara Kovach
    2019-04-14 10:57

    Wow!!! What a sweet, quick read!! I always enjoy a wonderful holiday romance, and this one did not let me down. My only complaint is that I finished it way to fast! However, that is just how the book is written - fast paced. Amanda and Henry meet, spend all their time together, and are engaged all within 5 weeks. What a whirlwind. I love the addition of an ex-fiance and long-lost family. I hope to see these characters in another novel down the road.

  • Jin
    2019-03-30 05:57

    Thank you to NetGalley for advance copyit feels like it was little too short. There were some story lines i would like to know but it was never explained. Especially about ex fiancee and her friend who was killed.. I was wondering until the end if those stories will come up. If you enjoy reading short stories, this is pretty good one.

  • Brynn McClain
    2019-04-12 08:01

    I was pleasantly surprised by this story. The characters are very genuine and the setting is fabulous. Anyone who is fascinated with European cities and culture is sure to appreciate this sweet contemporary romance.