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Welcome back to week 2 of this year’s Countdown to Christmas!   Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season. This week’s book is The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber. WHAT WOULD MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS PERFECT? For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and… Read More

Hello everyone and happy 1st day of Blogmas!  I’m so excited to kick off an entire month of daily blogging with my stop for the It’s a Wonderful Night blog tour.  Today I’m going to be sharing my review as well as how you can win a fun prize pack (UK only, sorry!)! Alright, let’s get started: Title: It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday Published by: HQ Digital (Oct. 5th, 2018) Summary… Read More

Title: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn Pages: 64 Genre: Thriller Published by: Crown (Nov. 3rd, 2015) Summary A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection…. Read More

In honor of the recent release of Hester Fox’s debut novel, The Witch of Willow Hall, today I’m sharing with you all my thoughts about the book as well as how you can have the chance to win a copy, plus a fun and festive prize pack! Title: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox Pages: 368 Genre: Historical Fiction Published by: Harlequin’s Graydon House Books (Oct. 2nd, 2018) Summary Two centuries after the Salem witch trials,… Read More

Title: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich Pages: 352 Genres: YA, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 6th, 2016) Summary Stay away from the woods… When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets… 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

Hello and happy Sunday! I just realized we are officially a week into October, so I thought it was time for me to do my September wrap-up.  September was a bit of a slower month for me, blogging and reading wise, because school was kicking my booty.  Luckily, I’m more into the swing of things now, and I’ve started to have a bit more time to read and blog again! So, overall,… 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: Sweet Dreams (The Illusion Trilogy #3) by Nadette Rae Rodgers Pages: 316 Genres: YA, Fantasy/Supernatural Published by: Self-published (Sept. 15, 2018) Summary For years, Addison Smith wondered why she had such bizarre and frightening dreams. In Illusion, the line between reality and the dream world began to blur, and Addison couldn’t tell what was real and what was just an illusion. Her world was turned upside down when the guy of her dreams, Zach Walker, literally… Read More

Title: The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons #1) by Debbie Viguié Pages: 219 Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian Published by: Zondervan (May 11th, 2008) Summary Most people think The Zone is an amusement park, but Candy Thompson knows it’s really a slave labor camp. What else would you call a summer job that requires a sixteen-year-old girl to set aside her whole social life for the privilege of standing out in the hot sun selling cotton candy?… Read More