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16 12, 2016

Review: A Shoe Addict’s Christmas by Beth Harbison

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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a shoe addict's christmas book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Noelle Carpenter would rather busy herself at work on Christmas Eve instead of celebrating the holiday. An HR professional at the popular department store Simon’s, Noelle soon finds herself locked in the store well after closing on a very snowy evening. With no one to share Christmas with and no interest to truly celebrate, Noelle calls her boss and assures him she is fine until the store opens. Unbeknownst to Noelle, she will not be spending the holiday alone after all.

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas is a quick, holiday read that shares elements of A Christmas Carol when Noelle meets a woman named Charlie, who also mysteriously appears in the store, in a pile of shoes.

4 12, 2016

Review: Mistletoe Between Friends / The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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mistletoe between friends book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In the Mistletoe Between Friends and The Snowflake Inn bundle, author Samantha Chase gives us two amazing stories about love blooming during the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas!

Two best friends. One plan. When lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene hatched a plan to keep their parents from setting them up with hopeless dates, they never expected that it would end up the way it did.

Lily has had a crush on Cameron since a late night party when she was a teenager, but she’s never told him about her feelings. And when he talks to her about pretending to date to keep their parents off their backs, she jumps on the chance, hoping that her crush will turn into something between them.

1 12, 2016

Review: Snowbound at Christmas

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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snowbound at christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Usually, I really love Christmas novellas, but I didn’t find much Christmas spirit in any of this batch. Although, as the title states, there is a LOT of snow! However, I should  clarify that I don’t often read contemporary romance novels, or at least not those billed as ‘steamy’. The couple in each story had a history – or at least knew each other — before meeting up again years later. I suppose if I have to choose a favorite it would be Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates. The other stories are Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan, and Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Sometimes a childish crush can develop into something much stronger–if it’s given any encouragement. Had it not been for Faith Grayson, Mia Landry would never even have met Faith’s brother Devlin.

26 11, 2016

Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Comedy, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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miracle on 5th avenue book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Right from the moment Eva Jordan stepped into the scene in Sarah Morgan’s Miracle on 5th Avenue, I knew I was going to be utterly enchanted by this book. I noticed a lot of similarities between myself and Eva—we’re both hopeless romantics, often say things without thinking them through first, and have a thing for broody men.

Thriller writer Lucas Blade wants one thing this holiday season: to grieve the anniversary of his wife’s death and to finally get started on his next bestseller before his deadline runs out. He has no interest in Christmas trees or decorations, but his well-meaning grandmother has other intentions when she hires Eva to brighten up his penthouse.

18 11, 2016

Review: The Gift of a Lifetime by Melissa Hill

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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the gift of a lifetime book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

There is much to like in The Gift of a Lifetime, if you don’t do permanent damage to yourself in the process. You know how, while watching a scary movie, you tend to slap the side of your head while you shriek ‘don’t go there!’, or ‘don’t do that!’ to the goofy heroine? Well, there are times in this book that I had to physically sit on my hands to avoid a major headache.

At least this sort of behavior didn’t happen on a constant basis. No, really — only maybe half a dozen times in 384 pages. I’d not previously read anything by Melissa Hill, and while this book might not make a major fan out of me, neither will it deter me from reading any of her other books.

3 11, 2016

Review: Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |1 Comment

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snowfall on haven point book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

The Bailey family has established a tradition in Haven Point. For generations now, they’ve been a protective service family: police, sheriff, etc. Recent patriarch John was injured while on duty and died several years later from the injury. Four of his five children followed him into the family ‘trade’: son Wyatt was also killed while in the midst of a rescue operation some five years ago. Last year his twin sister Wynona was shot while trying to protect Andrea Montgomery, a new resident in Haven Point, who is herself the widow of a law officer killed while trying to save the life of a suicide.

Andrea and her two children, Chloe and Will, sought peace and a new life in little Haven Point, but soon she was attacked by a stalker from her past, who is now in prison: both for his vicious attack on Andie, and his subsequent attack on Wynona.

30 10, 2016

Review: A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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baxter family christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Organ donation is a fairly recent development in the field of medicine, but the value of such a gift cannot be understated.

When Erin Baxter died in an accident, her heart provided life to Kendra Barnes. That’s a fact, but the reactions from the various Baxter relatives were mixed. It’s hardly to be wondered at, then, that Erin’s father, John, – the patriarch of the family – nurtured a wish to get to meet the young woman who received the gift of life. Not all of his other children are as eager to meet her as he is, especially his daughter Ashley, who is caring for Erin’s youngest child, Amy, now 7. In fact, Ashley thinks her father has gone over the edge, and therefore, she decides not to participate in the family’s traditional Christmas Eve dinner.

26 10, 2016

Review: Christmas in Destiny by Toni Blake

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |1 Comment

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christmas in destiny book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Imagine being a grown man, well, mid-30s or so, and you’ve never decorated a Christmas tree so you have no good idea of how to go about doing such a thing. Hard to realize, isn’t it? But if you’ve been living rough, in the back of beyond since you were about nine, there were many more important things to learn.

Shane Dalton came back east to Ohio from Montana, after his Dad died–because Dad wanted his ashes flung there. The last thing Dad said before he died (peaceably, at least) was, “Go to Destiny. You’ll find something there for you.”  Well now, that was a big help, wasn’t it? But darned if there wasn’t a town named Destiny, right there in Ohio, not too far away from where he was, either. So he decided he’d go take a look on his way to Florida, where a job and warm weather were waiting for him.

14 12, 2015

Review: The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown

By | December 14th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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great christmas knit-off book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Sybil has had a rough few months and things just seem to be getting worse. It all started when she was left at the alter of her Star Wars themed wedding by her fiancé, Luke. Luke, who happened to run off with Sybil’s identical twin sister, insisted on Sybil going all-out with the wedding, even wearing the Princess Leia hairdo! Now, as Christmas nears, Sybs hears of a mishandling of money within the company she works for and, fearing it was her own distractedness that caused it, decides to leave town for a bit and heads to see her friend Cher in Tindledale. Ah, Tindledale…such a picturesque winter scene if there ever was one! When she arrives, she is amazed at the welcome she receives from complete strangers…nothing like what you’d get in

27 11, 2015

Blog Tour: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

By | November 27th, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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an endless christmas book coverPlease join Cynthia Ruchti, author of An Endless Christmas, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

It is that time of year when I start pulling out those Christmas titles and snuggling up with a good book under a blanket. For my novel last week, I picked up An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti and indulged in a snow covered story set in the wilds of Stillwater, Minnesota. It was a romantic and emotional tale that had me crying at times but also left me with that good feeling that readers of Cynthia Ruchti have come to know and love.

This little novella packs a super punch in only 225 pages. And it opens with Micah Binder proposing to his girlfriend in front of his family. Unfortunately for Micah, she responds with a big