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More Holiday Books

Barbara Vey -- November 8th, 2013
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Harlequin Christmas gift set.

Here’s our second round of Christmas books and I’m ready to start reading them all.  Hang a wreath, give me a hot beverage, warm afghan, recliner and a good book.  My ingredients for getting in the holiday spirit.

Today Harlequin has sent over a set of Christmas reads to get you in the mood.  There’s even special gift tags.  Just leave a comment and you’re entered.  One winner will be picked.  US and Canada only.

BTW, check out Wednesday’s blog to see if you were a winner from this week’s giveaway.  

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joysann

joysann

A Bride For Christmas by Aileen Fish

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After his many years in the wars against Napoleon, Nash Sinclair is home for good, joining his large, happy extended family for the holidays, thinking maybe it’s time he found a bride and began adding to the many children gathered. His sister-in-law’s lovely sister looks remarkably favorable for many reasons, and he begins a quest to win her heart. But Lady Julianna has long decided she’ll not marry, that she doesn’t need a man to enjoy her quiet life, and Nash will have to slay dragons in order to win her.

A Bride for Christmas is a novella length romance that would be just right between the many tasks of holiday celebrations, like between the cookie baking and the gift wrapping. It’s also charming. The thing I enjoyed most was that there were no bad guys, no dangerous world-shaking conflicts. There is only the sweet, warm desire between two likeable characters and the growing love between them.

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Heidi

Heidi

Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowetidings_350

 

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Lord Alexander Mallory is not feeling very lucky. While playing cards, he has won a Scottish estate and a hand in marriage. Lucinda MacOwen is secretly thrilled to be able to marry one of the eligible gentlemen in the area. Once they reach the estate, they both realize there is more involved with Bonniebroch than meets the eye. Lord Alexander learns he is the man to destroy the curse, but he will need the strength of Lucinda, to make it to Twelfth Night.

 

I was expecting a different book, with it being a historical romance, but was pleasantly surprised with the paranormal elements. The holidays mixed in with the new marriage of Alexander and Lucinda, made the pages fly by. Definitely a book to enjoy and put you in a holiday “spirit”.

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Joan

Joan

The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown

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When Natalie’s best friend Drew is killed at war, his buddy Lucas continues to communicate with her by e-mail, sharing their grief and telling each other almost everything. Lucas is discharged and he decides to get home early to surprise his family at Christmas. However, Lucas receives the surprise when he arrives home to find Natalie at his ranch with a dead coyote at her feet and a baby on her hip.

‘Tis the season, and Carolyn Brown has once again written a wonderful and romantic Christmas story. The book has everything I like in a romance; animals, good comic-relief characters, and of course, a handsome cowboy, plus a strong woman to match him. Christmas is magical!

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Heidi

Heidi

A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woodsaseasidechristmas-3d

 

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Jenny Collins had no desire to return to Chesapeake Shores, until Bree O’Brien made an offer to collaborate with her on a Christmas musical production. Jenny decided maybe now was the right time to face the family her mother married into, and deal with her past. Caleb Green broke Jenny’s heart in a very public way, and wants to make things right with the woman he truly loves. He’s hoping the O’Brien family will help him make all their Christmas wishes come true.

 

The O’Brien family is back, and better than ever!! I admire the way that Sherryl can weave all of the many O’Brien’s into the story, and still have each character have their own identity shine through on the page. This entire story will warmed my heart and was a great kick off to bring me some Christmas spirit.

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DeAnn

DeAnn

Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah MorganSleigh Bells

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Kayla Green is a British workaholic now in the US.  She hates Christmas and all it involves.  Enter Jackson O’Neil.  His family’s floundering resort has brought him home and he hires Kayla’s PR firm to help bring the tourists in.  He wants her to spend a week at the resort to get the feel of the place and see how best to promote it.  Kayla is thrilled to do it over Christmas where she won’t be surrounded by the holiday spirt.  Unfortunately for her, the O’Neil family is all about the holidays and what family means most to them.

This fish out of water story really connected with me.  To be in an unfamiliar situation and keep trying to pretend you know what you’re doing has happened to me, but seeing it happen to Kayla brought a smile to my face.  Right at the beginning she’s faced with the reality of a winter resort and her high fashion coat and boots are no match for it.  The story zooms on from there.  I want to go to Snow Crystal and meet the fascinating O’Neil family.  Charming, witty and heartwarming, the perfect Christmas book.

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joysann

joysann

A Bluestocking Christmas by Monica Burns

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Commoner librarian Miss Ivy Beecham and Simon, Lord Wycombe, have each been betrayed by the other class, so both are distrustful and wary when they, reluctantly, become acquainted. But neither can deny the attraction between them, and between growing desire and witty literary repartee, they become passionate. When Ivy finds Simon betraying her on Christmas Eve day, she is broken-hearted and rues the day she allowed herself to love a nobleman.

Along with being romantic and sexy, the clever use of quotations from numerous sources makes this story fun. So was the touch of Dickens in relating the tale, appropriate for the season. I was amused by the relationship, touched as each recognized his or her folly, and pleased with the inevitable happily-ever-after.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg  redbird

 

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Oswald Campbell has been given a dismal diagnosis from his doctor, with not much time to live. So Oswald decides to pack up what little he has, and head to Lost River, Alabama for what time he has left, to enjoy the peace and warm climate. There he falls in love with the people who live there, spends time in the one grocery store, and meets a little red bird who charms all those around.

 

My book club chose this story for this year’s December selection, and it was exactly what is needed during the holiday season. It has love, quirky characters, rich descriptive text to capture the surroundings of Lost River, and most of all, a perfect happy ending. My favorite character was Mildred, who loves her romance novels and the book even mentions the RWA. So for this blog, you can’t go wrong with this book to enjoy for the holidays.

 Bottom Line:  The only thing missing in my condo is a fireplace for a cozy reading place and let me tell you, fireplace scented candles are NOT the same thing.

 

WW Ladies Book Club Christmas Books

Barbara Vey -- October 25th, 2012

Well, the Christmas commercials are already popping up on television, so it’s time for Christmas books to make their appearance.  I love books about the holidays and have my special ones I read every year, but I’m always happy to add new favorites to the collection.

Heidi

Heidi

Holly Lane by Toni Blake

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Sue Ann Simpkins is facing the holiday season with her biggest challenge of her life. Newly divorced and alone from her daughter, Sue Ann decides to escape to a remote cabin near Bear Lake. Solitude and peace is what she is looking for, until Adam Becker opens the door stating the cabin is his. Adam is looking for the same type of solitude but becomes trapped in the cabin during a snowstorm with Sue Ann. Both struggle with their own feelings and past experiences to look at a possibility that a future could happen for the both of them.

I found the whole story an interesting twist of circumstance that leads two lonely people together. I really enjoyed how the characters struggled with their own feelings and keep questioning whether or not it’s love or infatuation. Sue Ann is a true example of perseverance under pressure, and I admired that.

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Joan

Mistletoe Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

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Sage Presley, a young up and coming western artist, is furious when she finds out that her Gran is selling the family ranch to a complete stranger. She drives home in a blinding snowstorm to have a heated discussion with her Gran and talk her out of the sale, arriving at the ranch just before a snowstorm causes the electricity and phone lines to go down and the roads to be closed. Sage discovers that her Gran has gone for three weeks and will not be returning until Christmas. To make matters worse, she finds Gran has allowed handsome cowboy Creed Riley, the prospective buyer, to move in for the three weeks and run the ranch.

This book as it was very fun to read and had the needed components for a good holiday read. Entertaining and I read it straight through. If you love a good story with animals, falling in love and finding a soul mate, then this is a book you should read, especially before Christmas.

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Heidi

Heidi

What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander

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Camille, Lady Lydingham has one desire for the holiday. She wants to give Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky a traditional English Christmas. Her entire family has left Milton Manor except for her twin sister Beryl, so she hires an acting crew to play her family and staff. One thing she hasn’t counted on is Grayson Elliot coming back after 11 years, when he left with her broken heart. Grayson finds out about the ruse and decides to play along. Even with Camille wanting to marry Nikolai, she realizes her heart has always been with Grayson.

This historical had everything you could want for a holiday: mystery, intrigue, an English Manor, Love and Christmas. You will feel cozy and happy after reading this book. I hope I can read more about this unusual family in future novels.

 

joysann

joysann

Together for Christmas by Lisa Plumley

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Casey Jackson views the holiday season with antipathy, so when he’s sent to troubleshoot a pop star’s TV Christmas special in her Michigan home town, he is dismayed to find the snowbound community all dressed up like Santa’s North Pole. The star sets her ordinary sister, Kristen Miller, the task of distracting the agency’s “hatchet man” however she can to keep him out of the way, and Kristen realizes she isn’t going to have the Merry Christmas for which she had been hoping. But Casey and Kristen discover new reasons to celebrate, giving them both a chance for a happy holiday season, and more.

I found Lisa Plumley’s new book very entertaining. The story is humorous, the characters are likable, and the romance is sweet and satisfying. Together for Christmas is a charming and light-hearted contemporary romance that would be perfect for a cold snowy afternoon heading into the holidays.

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Heidi

Heidi

Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay

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Lark Chaikin arrives in Last Chance with one goal in mind. To put her father’s ashes to rest. But since her father caused such a stir in the tiny town, her goal may not be met. Stone Rhodes is the town sheriff and is trying to keep the peace among the residents who don’t want Lark in town, and keep the Christ Church Ladies’ Auxiliary from being a pain in their matchmaking. When a murder happens right before Christmas, it seems that Stone, Lark and their families need to not only solve the crime, but heal themselves before it’s too late.

This is the second novel I have read about Last Chance and I love this quaint little town!! It’s so fun to see the gossip fly through the town faster than a text message! I think what excites me the most is when there is a little mystery and intrigue mixed up with the town secrets as well as love during the holidays. It makes a happy mix to read and get ready for the holiday season, just like hot cocoa on a cold night.

We’ll be doing another blog on Christmas books, but feel free to post any Christmas books coming out this year in the comments section.  I know the readers appreciate hearing about them.

 

Bottom Line:  It’s always the right time to read a book about Christmas.

Yes, It’s Time for Christmas Books

Barbara Vey -- September 10th, 2012

It now officially feels like autumn around here.  Last night the temperatures dropped into the 50s and it smells like sweater weather.  Even though we had an unusually hot summer, I’m always sad to see it come to an end.  Oh, I like how pretty the trees look when the leaves change, but it’s such a short time until they’re bare and winter comes rolling in.  And I really dislike cold weather more and more as the years go by.

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The cooler breezes aren’t the only thing coming into my house lately.  Christmas books have begun to arrive.  I love reading Christmas books, but I especially like to read them when the tree is trimmed, evergreen and cinnamon candles are burning and I’m sipping a hot chocolate with whipped cream.  It really puts me in the mood.

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Next month the WW Ladies will let us know what they think of the Christmas books they’re reading.  Some of the books I’ve seen so far are A Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery, My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr, Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries, A Little Holiday Temptation by Janice Sims, Mistletoe Cowboy by Carolyn Brown and A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs.

     

 

 

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The Christmas books start coming out in October, much like when the stores start putting out their Christmas stock.  I’ve always loved to buy the little Christmas books to use as stocking stuffers, but even though I understand the reasoning in retail, I hate to see the seasons rushed.  How about you?

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I’m sure I just touched the tip of the iceberg with the Christmas books I mentioned, so please, let everyone know what other Christmas books will be coming out this year by posting the titles and authors in comments.  I’ll put the list together and post it again when the WW Ladies write about their Christmas books.

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Bottom Line:  Maybe I’ll crank up the air conditioning, light some candles and put the burning Yule log DVD on to put me in the Christmas mood while reading some of these books.