Category: Christmas Romance

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

Posted October 2, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

One Wish In manhattanTitle:  One Wish in Manhattan
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Author:  Mandy Baggot
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 2, 2015
Publisher:  Bookouture
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.

With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with Billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

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Long, Tall Christmas by Janet Dailey

Posted September 26, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance / 0 Comments

Long, Tall ChristmasTitle:  Long, Tall Christmas
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Author:  Janet Dailey
Genre:  Christmas Romance
Published:  September 29, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Facing foreclosure on her California home, widowed Kylie Wayne is grateful to accept her aging aunt Muriel’s offer to come back to small-town Branding Iron, Texas, and help out on the ranch. But when an early storm rolls in, Kylie’s dream of a perfect Christmas for her kids is blown away with the unexpected snow. Comfort and joy seem unlikely, unless a certain long, tall Texan with a bad boy’s charm can rope some holiday cheer…

No one imagined restless, independent Shane Taggart would work his parents’ ranch all these years. But with his father gone, Shane is ready to sell his land and see the world—until sweet, sexy Kylie shows up. The dutiful good girl he remembers has turned into a spirited woman, and Shane wants to give her the warm family future she longs for, puppy and all. One kiss under the mistletoe may not convince her, but Shane knows that love is a gift that will last forever.

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Christmas Chocolat by Kate Defrise

Posted September 26, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

Christmas ChocolatTitle:  Christmas Chocolat
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Author:  Kate Defrise
Genre:  Christmas, Women’s Fiction
Published:  September 29, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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In this warm, engaging debut novel, four siblings make their way home, where their father, the memory of their mother, and long-held family secrets all collide just in time for Christmas.

For Maggie Arnaud and her siblings, childhood Christmases meant lavish feasts and beloved rituals. The day began with hot chocolate and cougnolle de Noel —the sweet, rich bread traditional in their parents’ native Belgium. Those special holidays ended with their mother’s death, and their father has grown more distant each year. But now, he has summoned his grown children once again. And none of them is eager to expose their imperfect lives to his scrutiny…

Jacqueline is an opera singer living in Brussels—outwardly successful but yearning for a deeper fulfillment. Near Philadelphia, cookbook writer Maggie’s career and marriage are in turmoil. Colette, an aspiring clothing designer in California, lost her boyfriend and her savings in one blow. And roving younger brother Art is still searching for something—or someone. Armed with their insecurities, rivalries—and their mother’s most delicious recipes—the Arnauds gather in Pennsylvania. But a good meal does more than feed the body—it awakens memories, nurtures bonds, and might even bring a family back together.

Includes classic Belgian recipes.

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The Last Chance Christmas Ball

Posted September 26, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance / 0 Comments

The Last Chance Christmas BallTitle:  The Last Chance Christmas Ball
Series:  Anthology
Author:  Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  September 29, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…

A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart. There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds far more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidays.

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The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Posted September 5, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

The Christmas Joy RideTitle:  The Christmas Joy Ride
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Author:  Melody Carlson
Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Christmas Stories
Published:  September 1, 2015
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My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that’s exactly what she’s getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in Phoenix–in the dead of winter, no less–the much younger Miranda insists that Joy cannot make such a trip by herself.

Besides, a crazy trip with Joy would be more interesting than another Christmas home alone. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off to Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride–and a hidden problem that could derail the whole venture.

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Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection

Posted July 19, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance / 0 Comments

12 Brides of Christmas CollectionTitle:  The 12 Brides of Christmas Collectio
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Author:  Various
Genre:  Christmas Historical Romance
Published:  October 1, 2015
Publisher:  Barbour Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Cover Description:

Christmas is the time for love—and weddings—and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not. In Nineteenth Century settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors, including Mary Connealy, Margaret Brownley, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Michele Ule, Amy Lillard, Miralee Ferrell, Susan Page Davis, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Davalynn Spencer, and Vickie McDonough.

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