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Title: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire Pages: 304 Genres: Fantasy, Retelling Publisher: William Morrow (Oct. 31st, 2017) Summary From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . . Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him. Hiddensee: An island… Read More

Title: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall Genres: Christian, Christmas, Amish, Romance Published by: Waterbrook Press (Oct. 23rd, 2018) Summary When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love. Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life… Read More

Title: Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan Pages: 346 Genres: Romance, Contemporary Published by: Hallmark Publishing (Sept. 16th, 2018) Summary Two very different people… One very special place. Dylan’s an overworked investment banker. Paige is a free-spirited first-grade teacher. From the first time they meet, these two opposites attract. Meanwhile, the cabin Paige is renting has gone up for sale. She loves living there, and she just might be able to buy it—if she finally achieves her dream… Read More

Title: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Pages: 400 Genres: Mystery, Magical Realism Published by: Ecco Press (Aug. 26th, 2014) Summary Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam–a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion–a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant. “There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .” On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in… Read More

Title: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood Pages: 320 Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance Published by: Sourcebooks Fire (June 5th, 2018) Summary One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other. Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?… Read More

Hey everyone! To celebrate the release of Maureen A. Miller’s newest book, Beneath, I’m participating in the blog tour!  Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about the book, and I’m also sharing how you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift Card! Title:  Beneath by Maureen A. Miller Pages: 340 Release Date: March 26, 2018 Publisher: Self-published Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance Format: Print and digital Synopsis An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean… It was… Read More

Title: The Choosing (Seer #1) by Rachelle Dekker Pages: 464 Genres: YA, Dystopian, Christian Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (May 19th, 2015) Summary “Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.” Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as… Read More

Title: Journey Back to Christmas by Leigh Duncan Pages: 154 Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Time Travel, Romance Published by: Hallmark Publishing (Oct. 17, 2017) Summary Treat yourself to ebooks inspired by Hallmark Christmas movies. Enjoy a heartwarming, feel-good story…and find out what happens after the movie ends. WWII is finally over, but Hanna’s husband, Chet, didn’t return home. She puts on a brave smile during the day while nursing her hospital patients, but at night, she grieves the loss… Read More

Title: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien Pages: 111 Genres: Children’s, Christmas, Fantasy Published by: Mariner Books (Nov. 15, 2004; originally published 1976) Summary  Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole:… Read More

Title: Dance of Fire by Yelena Black Pages: 321 Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 12th, 2015) Summary All dancers dream of the chance to try out for the Royal Court Ballet Company. Only two dancers from the elite New York Ballet Academy will have this honour. Vanessa is one of them. She dances with grace and elegance, and a fury that is unmatched. Justin – strong, sexy and caring – will… Read More