If you follow my blog at all, you know I am a cozy mystery lover. I do enjoy a good amateur sleuth, the characters and settings of these stories. This year I also found a couple to match up with my seasonal reading in both Autumn and Christmas books. If you are looking for a good cozy to pick up, see if any of these strike your fancy.Continue reading “4 Cozy Mysteries to Enjoy: It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Murder, A Pumpkin Spice Killing, Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork, Death Gone A-Rye #BookReview #Audiobook @ellenbyronla @KensingtonBooks @TantorAudio”
I am well into my Christmas reading, as well as trying to complete the 20 Books for Christmas Challenge. The Christmas Escape and Mistletoe in Juneau were both read/listens, while The Christmas Bookshop was strictly an audiobook experience. I enjoyed all of them, although some more than others. All were provided to me from the publishers upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.Continue reading “Three Christmas Audiobooks: The Christmas Bookshop, The Christmas Escape, Mistletoe in Juneau #BookReview #Audiobook #20BooksForChristmas @HarperAudio @jennycolgan @SarahMorgan_”
Two more festive reads to get you in the mood for the holidays. Both of these were read/listens with great narrators to add to my enjoyment of the stories. Both were provided to me by the publisher upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.Continue reading “More Festive Christmas Stories: Every Day in December and The Secret of Snow #BookReview #Audiobook #20BooksforChristmas @HarperAudio @0neMoreChapter_ @viola_shipman @KittyWilson23”
With festive reading upon me, I wanted to read Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off. I realized it was the second book in a new cozy mystery series, to found the first book, Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop in audiobook at my library. Over the last few days, I completed them both and will definitely continue reading this series by Darci Hannah.Continue reading “Beacon Bakeshop Cozy Mystery Series by Darci Hannah #BookReview #Audio”
I am well into reading Christmas stories as well as reading books for my 20 Books for Christmas Challenge. Each of the books here was available in both ebook and audiobook. I did a read/listen and enjoyed them all in both formats. The audiobooks were all well done and added to my enjoyment of the stories. All were provided to me by the publishers upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.Continue reading “It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas – 3 #BookReviews of #Audiobooks: Meet Me in London, Mistletoe Season, Sleigh Bells Ring @HarperAudio @michelle_major1 @ToffTalks”
CELEBRATION AT CHRISTMAS COVE (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; October 26, 2021) tells the heartwarming story of a grieving woman who can’t wait to leave a wintry New England island, and a widower who would do anything to stay.
CELEBRATION AT CHRISTMAS COVE by Carrie Jansen
Expected publication: October 26th 2021 by Berkley Books
Travel magazine writer Celeste Bell is in a terrible mood. Not only was her flight to the Caribbean diverted to a Massachusetts island, now it looks like she’ll have to spend Christmas there. Single and still mourning the loss her mother a year earlier, Celeste is desperate to avoid any emotional entanglements and all holiday festivities. 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. 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.
Thawing their frozen hearts and saving the community center will require a Christmas miracle. But tis the season…
Celeste is a writer for a prestigious travel magazine. She’s trying to reach her assignment, reporting on a Christmas festival in the Caribbean, but she has a series of mishaps. Celeste does not want to spend Christmas at home after the death of her mother just before Christmas the year before. She volunteered for the assignment rolling in a few days of vacation. First, she is bumped from her flight, then she takes a prop plane to Sea Spray Island to catch a connecting flight to New York ten down to the Caribbean, but weather has other ideas. She has one goal once she lands and that is to leave! Mishaps pile up and she continues to be stranded. Will she make it to “the other islands” on time to write the story about the festival?
Nathan White is on the prop plane with her. He is the manager of the local community center and is trying to get grants to keep it open. He is a single dad to Abigail (Abby) and brother to the owner of the local Inn. If he can’t secure funding, the center will close and he and Abby will have to move to Boston, where Nathan has been offered a job. He sets Celeste up at his sister’s Inn and Abby becomes her personal tour guide. It doesn’t take long for Celeste to begin to enjoy all the Christmas Events set up by the community center staff and volunteers. It also doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with Sea Spray Island.
Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen is a sweet, holiday romance that has everything I have grown to love in these stories. We have a protagonist that dislikes Christmas due to events in her past, a small town that goes crazy for Christmas, a single dad with an absolutely adorable child, lots of fun and silly Christmas Activities, some quirky characters, small town gossip and everyone trying to push the two of them together. There is some angst due to misunderstandings and lack of communication and two people who are afraid to tell the other how they fell. I loved the setting of an island cut off from everyone during a storm and the camaraderie of the town pulling together. Throw in a last minute solution to problems and this was an all round winner. I would love to see this one made into a movie. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Carrie Jansen earned an MFA in creative writing and published many poems and short stories before becoming a novelist. An avid bodyboarder and beach walker, she spends as much of the year as she can on Cape Cod, where she draws inspiration for her contemporary romances. She also writes Amish romance novels under her pseudonym, Carrie Lighte. In addition to writing romance novels, she has also written greeting cards and short stories. She lives in Massachusetts. Learn more online at carriejansen.com
The Little Christmas House by Tracy Rees
Published October 22nd 2021 by Bookouture
About the Book: In gorgeous Hopley Village twinkly lights are going up, snow is falling and the delicious smell of gingerbread is in the air. Will two broken hearts find their happily-ever-after this Christmas?Continue reading “The Little Christmas House by Tracy Rees #BookReview @Bookouture @AuthorTracyRees”
I love visiting Whitsborough Bay and meeting up with new and familiar characters. With a Lifeboat Rescue Station, Seals on the beach and a wonderful street with small businesses, this is a village, I would love to visit. Read on to see if these books interest you and join me in visiting Whitsborough Bay.
This past week, I enjoyed three Christmas stories. All the books had been provided to me by the publishers (both ebooks and audiobooks) which gave me the opportunity to do read/listens. All of these books gave me that Christmas Spirit that I was looking for.Continue reading “Three Christmas Stories: The Christmas Wedding Guest, On Christmas Avenue, Dreaming of Christmas #BookReview #Audiobook @HallmarkPublish @HarperAudio @HarlequinBooks @canelo_co”