Thursday, October 28, 2021

Spotlight and Giveaway: FOUR holiday books!

Today we are featuring three new Christmas novels that published this month and one that will be publishing in a few weeks (The Christmas Bookshop). These novels are sure to put you in a holiday mood. The publishers are giving away one copy of each, so we'll have FOUR winners for this giveaway!

Thanks to Berkley for the giveaway copy

Travel magazine writer Celeste Bell is used to being alone. Her demanding job takes her across the globe but leaves little time for friends or relationships. And after the death of her mother a year earlier, she is more alone than ever. Looking to spend the Christmas holidays in the sunny Caribbean, she is dismayed when her flight is diverted to Sea Spray Island in Massachusetts. Now it looks like she’ll have to spend Christmas there. Celeste is desperate to avoid any emotional entanglements and all holiday festivities. After the year she’s had, she just doesn’t feel like celebrating.

But that’s exactly what community center executive director Nathan White and his young daughter, Abigail, want to do. After suffering a terrible loss, Nathan is entirely focused on making sure that his daughter has a happy Christmas, especially with the knowledge that if he can’t raise money for the community center soon, it will close, and they’ll have to leave the island. When he meets Celeste, Nathan begins to feel a connection and wonders if he’s brave enough to risk his heart once more.

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Christmas by the Book 
by Anne Marie Ryan

Thanks to Putnam for the giveaway copy.

Nora and her husband, Simon, have run the beautiful oak-beamed book shop in their small British village for thirty years. But times are tough and the shop is under threat of closure--this Christmas season will really decide their fate. When an elderly man visits the store and buys the one book they've never been able to sell, saying it's the perfect gift for his sick grandson, it gives Nora an idea. She and Simon will send out books to those feeling down this Christmas. Maybe they can't save their bookstore, but at least they'll have one final chance to lift people's spirits through the power of reading.

After gathering nominations online, Nora and Simon quietly deliver books to six residents of the village in need of some festive cheer, including a single dad of twins who is working hard to make ends meet, a teenage boy grieving for his big sister, a local Member of Parliament who is battling depression, and a teacher who's newly retired and living on her own. As the town prepares for a white Christmas, the books begin to give the recipients hope, one by one. But with the future of the bookshop still up in the air, Nora and Simon will need a Christmas miracle--or perhaps a little help from the people whose lives they've touched--to find a happy ending of their own.

Visit Anne Marie on Twitter.

Thanks to Putnam for the giveaway copy.

Annie Sharpe’s spark for life has fizzled out. Her kids are grown up, her restaurant is doing just fine on its own, and her twenty-six-year marriage has come to an unceremonious end. Untethered for the first time in her adult life, Annie doesn't know what to do with herself. But when she finds a winter guardian position in a historic seaside home, she decides to leave her city life behind for a brand new beginning.

When she arrives at Willow Bay, Annie is instantly enamored by the charming house, the invigorating sea breeze, and the town’s rich seasonal traditions. Not to mention, her neighbors receive her with open arms—that is, all except for the surly and rugged nephew of the homeowner, who seems intent on making Annie feel unwelcome. His grand plans for the property are directly at odds with her long-term stay. As Christmas approaches, tensions and tides rise in Willow Bay, and Annie’s future is looking less and less certain. But with a little can-do spirit and holiday magic, the most difficult season of her life will become A SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES.

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The Christmas Bookshop 
by Jenny Colgan

Thanks to William Morrow for the giveaway copy.

THE CHRISTMAS BOOKSHOP opens with Carmen laid off from her department store job, leaving her with perilously little cash right before the holidays. Too late to apply elsewhere, she only has one option – spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children, and her perfectly ordered yuppie life which does not appeal. And frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want her prickly sister Carmen there either.

But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, has a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and has a client who needs help revitalizing his shabby old bookshop. Carmen has no choice but to move in and take the job.

Thrown rather suddenly into the inner workings of Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the picturesque streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued despite herself. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? What will happen when a famous and charismatic author takes a sudden interest in the bookshop—and Carmen?  And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?

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Rita Wray said...

I love Christmas and can't wait to decorate and put up the tree.

Toni Laliberte said...

When I start listening to Christmas music on November 1st. Lol. Been doing that for years. It gets me excited for the coming holidays and puts me in the holiday mood.

traveler said...

Music, decorations and baking.

Suburban prep said...

I love the movies and the eggnog that I see in the grocery store and I begin baking. I love the cooler weather.

Mary C said...

Christmas music and movies.

diannekc said...

Baking Christmas cookies and decorating the house puts me in the holiday mood.

Nancy said...

The cooler weather gets me into the holiday mood!

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Mary Preston said...

Hot chocolate every time.

StoreyBookLover said...

I love listening to holiday music!

Phyllis said...

Decorating the house for Christmas while watching Elf on TV gets me in the winter holiday mood.

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Nancy P said...

Not too much as I lost family during the holidays. It's a sad time of year for us.

Julie C said...

Love Christmas especially the decorations 🎄

Anita Yancey said...

The kids, the music, and the decorations.

Bonnie K. said...

I start playing Christmas music after Thanksgiving. I usually put up the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving or the following weekend. I decorate the house then and put out several advent calendars that I have. My grandson enjoys opening the doors.

Summer said...

Cold weather, music, decorations, and favorite movies.

Linda Kish said...

I wait til after Thanksgiving. I don't like all of the stores being filled with Christmas displays already. The Christmas movies, music, baking, wrapping all puts me in the mood when the time is right.

Xia Lee said...

Christmas music and movies

Lelandlee said...

Decorating the tree

Jeanne said...

The first snowfall! ❄️