Editors at The Gazette gave the album three and a half stars and wrote, "Womack casts aside most of her country roots and offers up the kind of seasonal album recorded years ago by singers named Frank, Tony and Ella. Two songs, the quiet title track and Forever Christmas Eve, have their debut here. The rest are nice versions of old chestnuts that have been heard before many an open fire." Michael MacLean of Maclean's gave the album a positive review and wrote, "Possibly the most tasteful release this year is Lee Ann Womack's The Season for Romance." Melinda Newman of Billboard gave the album a positive review and praised the title track.