By DENISE FLEISCHER
Gotta Write Network blogger
I admit it. I’m an avid reader. As much as I love writing, put me in a bookstore and I’m in heaven! It’s so hard for me to walk away. I want to look at every cover and turn it over to read the summaries. There are so many novels about second chances in life and love, cozy mysteries to be read in my mother’s comfy blue recliner. Then there’s the Christmas novels. Don’t even get me started on that topic.
I just read my first Susan Mallery novel, “Happily this Christmas,” from her Happily inc. series and I loved it. It’s one of those books where you don’t want it to end. It’s the sixth book in this series. The others are “Meant to be Yours,” “Not Quite Over You,” “Why Not Tonight,” “Second Chance Girl,” and You Say it First.” I want to read the whole series. The book was published by Harlequin.
Buy it: here
HAPPILY THIS CHRISTMAS is about Wynn Beauchene who is a single mom and small business owner. For years, she’s stayed away from long-term relationships. She did get close with mystery author Jaspar Dembenski, but that was the past and Jaspar has a new life.
Wynn is interested in her next door neighbor, Police Captain Garrick McCabe. Turns out he really needs her. At first, not in the way she hopes. His daughter is going to stay with him for awhile. Her baby is due shortly and her husband is serving in the military. Her mom has her hands full with three demanding sons. So staying with her dad is a must. The problem is that Joylyn and her father haven’t been close over the years. It’s going to be super awkward changing that. Garrick puts his plan into action. He asks Wynn to help him make his house a home so Joylyn will be happy there. Together they learn that it takes more than interior decorating and a woman’s touch. It takes love. The cover, characters and the town draw you in. Plenty of lessons learned and a happy ending.
Below are other Christmas-themed books I picked up because of Instagram and Facebook recommendations. Can’t wait to read them. This one I bought.
From Janet’s website:
HOLDING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS By Janet Dailey—A demure kindergarten teacher with dreams of Nashville stardom makes a difficult choice when she reunites with a smitten and wildly attractive rancher during an annual western-themed Christmas ball that launches a holiday season of romance and promise.
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From the publisher: Fans of RaeAnne Thayne, Lori Wilde, and Fern Michaels will delight in this beautiful Christmas love story with a heart the size of Texas. A visit to Janet Dailey’s Christmas Tree Ranch is the perfect kick-off to a flawless holiday season!
She’s all he wants for Christmas. Maybe even forever…
Conner Branch hasn’t stopping thinking about the sultry singer he spotted on stage during last year’s Cowboy Christmas ball. So imagine his surprise when he discovers the demure kindergarten teacher who comes home for the holidays to Branding Iron, Texas, is the very same woman. And once he’s up close and personal with the mesmerizing Megan, he’s downright determined to keep her by his side for good…
If only Conner Branch were simply the star struck cowboy she once believed him to be, Megan wouldn’t have to worry about losing everything to the rugged—and wildly romantic—rancher. With Christmas in the air, it’s a little too easy to imagine spending the holidays, not to mention her whole life, wrapped in Conner’s loving arms. But this songstress has hopes for a big career back in Nashville. And no little holiday romance will ever get in the way of that. So what’s a woman to do when she finds herself facing down a love as big and bold as Texas itself?
From the publisher:
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Snowball—an aptly named bundle of feline fluff—is thankful to be spending her first Christmas in the comfort of Weber Haus, the Victorian B&B run by Miss Tilly. Emily Diemer, who cooks for the guests, dotes on Snowball, but she’s not thrilled about another new arrival at the B&B: Miss Tilly’s nephew, Lukas. Which is odd, because Snowball’s animal instincts tell her that Lukas and Emily should definitely be friends.
Everything Emily needs is in this quaint community—including, she hopes, the chance to open her own bakery one day. She doesn’t think much of Lukas for leaving his aging aunt to struggle while he jets around the world taking photographs. But now that he’s here, helping to spruce up the property and getting mixed up in Snowball’s antics, she begins to soften a little. Until she learns what he has planned . . .
Lukas is going to sell Weber Haus so that Miss Tilly can retire. But Snowball is certain that this B&B, and these people, are supposed to be her forever home. Somehow she has to get these stubborn humans to see things through the wisdom of a cat’s eye and a kitten’s loyal, loving heart . .
“Expertly crafted…the perfect Christmas treat.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
Let’s add to this list!! Leave the titles and a short summary of what you’re reading with a Christmas theme.
–E-mail me at Netera@aol.com if you’d like me to review your book. Very interested in reading now: Christmas romance, cozy mysteries, books with animals. Publishers e-mail me press releases and book review requests.