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A Sugar Creek Christmas by Jenny B. Jones

About the Book:A Sugar Creek Christmas
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publisher: Sweet Pea Productions
Source: Personal Copy
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: A Sugar Creek Novel, Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Novella
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: After taking some time off from the title of author (one she owned nicely), one of the funniest ladies blessed with the gift of prose is back. The second book to be published from Jenny B. Jones this year, this novella is the first in her brand-new series of novels that also are going to explore a kind-of new genre for the author. But, more on that later. First, the story goes… Emma Sutton is one of the rising stars at her morning TV gig. In fact she’s on the fast track for an anchor seat, only she sets her chances back with an on-air “bah-humbug” moment. This gets her sent home and she’s charged with trying to find a warm, fuzzy Christmas story to air at Christmas. She finds just the thing in small-town Arkansas where she takes an event planning job… and runs into her ex, Noah. Continue reading “A Sugar Creek Christmas by Jenny B. Jones”

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The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher ARC via NetGalley
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Chapel Springs, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Reading the first book in this series, Barefoot Summer was a kind of magic even this addict of contemporary fiction hadn’t experienced in quite some time. It wasn’t *just* the delights of the setting or the character quirks, it was a deeper, more meaningful chord it struck in me. That moment ensured this series climbed quickly to the top of my favorites list, which is why despite some minor disappointment in the following novel, I was anxious to have the chance to read any ensuing books in the series. Before the first chapter was gone, I already knew this book was a rare keeper. The story is about PJ McKinley and newcomer Cole Evans. Both of them have dreams that involve the Wishing House, which they place separate bids on and since the owner of the house cannot decide between PJ’s well thought-out plan to open a restaurant (her dream) or Cole’s plan to use the house as a home for foster kids transitioning between high school and whatever’s next, the pair of them are asked to share the space for a matter of months while the owner makes a decision. As two very different people are forced to share the house, they come to realize that there is more to the other person than first impressions would suggest. Continue reading “The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter”

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Prudence Pursued by Shirley Raye Redmond

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Author: Shirley Raye Redmond
Publisher: Astraea Press
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Sadly, the Indie author scene is one often uncharted merely because it doesn’t get the publicity that publishing house books receive. This novel might be one that wasn’t a favorite (because historical fiction is hit or miss with me), but it was sweet and doesn’t shy away from some interesting historical topics that I do believe many history addicts will find intriguing to read about. It’s about the 27-year-old vicar’s daughter Prudence Pentyre and her journey to Bath for the express purpose of convincing her younger cousin to marry the man her aunt thinks best suited to her daughter, Margaret. Only trouble is, James is quite a bit older than the shy Margaret and she has no romantic feelings for the baronet… but contrary to her mission, Prudence quickly develops feelings for the man and learning more about him and what he believes in only further cements her growing feelings. But time is running out and after all, Margaret is nearly promised in marriage to James… Continue reading “Prudence Pursued by Shirley Raye Redmond”

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My True Love Gave to Me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins

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Author(s): Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Foreman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Amazon Purchase
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Fantasy, Novella

Review: Every year one of my “goals” for the Christmas season is to read more seasonal fiction because I must admit that being the Hallmark junkie I am there’s no logical reason why I shouldn’t enjoy some festive fiction as well, which is why this collection of novellas immediately snagged my attention. Its 12 stories written by some of the best in the YA/Teen business are all edited by respected novelist Stephanie Perkins. I started out reading this with skepticism after watching a booktube review for it, but am not sorry to have the information since it informed me about which stories I would enjoy and those that for personal reasons I wouldn’t be an interested in. Since it’s tough to review a collection of novellas, what I am going to do with this review is a little different. I’m going to share about some of the stories I liked best – along with maybe brief reviews on one or two I just didn’t “get,” beginning with the first novella. Continue reading “My True Love Gave to Me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins”