Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Angels
by Nancy Naigle

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Growing up, Liz Westmoreland dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn located in the small mountain town of Angels Creek only for it to be sold before she ever got the chance. While browsing the internet, she stumbles upon a listing for what looks to be the picturesque inn and it’s set to go to auction. Liz places a bid, and by a miracle, wins the auction. But when she gets there she finds the property in significant disrepair.

When Matt Hardy narrowly lost the inn and property that butted his land, he just hoped it wasn't another city slicker coming to make matters worse after the previous owners gutted the place for an art gallery. But the minute he recognized the sweet, freckle-faced girl from his childhood and heard her plans to reopen the inn, he jumps at the chance to help his childhood crush restore a place where he made so many fond memories.

While working on repairs, Liz and Matt discover her grandmother’s collection of angels in one of the cabins. When the angels start mysteriously showing up all over the inn, she begins to look at them as reassurance—that restoring the inn is what she's meant to do. But when an accident leaves Liz feeling like she made a mistake, will Matt—and the residents of Angels Creek—be able to show Liz that she's found a home? And possibly true love as well?


Kritters Thoughts:  Liz Westmoreland makes a rash decision one morning and wins an auction on the house her grandparents used to own and operate as an inn.  As the "big city" Charlotte girl moves to small town in North Carolina to renovate and reopen the inn that she grew up in, I loved watching Liz reconnect with her past and learn about the people currently living in the small town and the impact that the inn would have on them all.  

This was another Christmas book that I would love to see be made into a Hallmark Christmas movie it had just the right heart and small town charm mixed with a great love story.  Liz and Matt were just great!  Liz renovating something that was close to her heart and Matt having a connection to it as well was just the best story to read.  With their connection from the past, it helped the book feel less like insta love and more like a true fall in love story.  

My favorite part of the story was when Liz the always in control individual takes a major fall and has to hand over the "reigns" and let someone else take over.  This part reminded me of myself so much.  I am a planner and like to be responsible for everything, so I related when watching Liz have to let Matt take control and how that could feel when you want to do it all.  

There was one part that felt a little out of left field and that was when Matt's sister showed up out of left field, I wish the author had done some prep work with some phone calls or text messages between the characters, it would have just made her appearance a little more smooth.  I love the piece that she was a part of the story, just would have loved a little warning that she could come!

This was a great Christmas story to dive into during this season.  It was perfect and sweet.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 52 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

What a great reading week!  I have been listening to Catch and Kill and finished it this week, hoping for more audio in my future.

A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci
Meet Me On Love Lane by Nina Bocci
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
Calli by Jessica Lee Anderson
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Currently Reading:
How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

Next on the TBR pile:
The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell

Friday, December 6, 2019

Catching Christmas
by Terri Blackstock

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 286
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.


Kritters Thoughts:  Sydney Batson is a young lawyer trying to survive as the law firm is making cuts while also being the caregiver for her grandmother who she has just recently reconnected with.  When a call to a cab driver to help get her grandmother to a doctor's appointment becomes a serendipitous moment!  Finn Parrish is the cab driver who ends up spending a lot of time with Miss Callie and helping her out in a time of need and being a generous, kind fellow may just change his life!

I love a Christmas book where values are at the forefront of the story and a lesson can be learned.  Many of the books I have read this season, love has been at the center, so it was nice to have love be a very side story and instead relationships and values be the center of attention.

Beware, this one has a moment or two that could cause some tears, so you may not want to read this one out and about.  


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 58 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Viking Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

One Day in December
by Josie Silver

Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 409
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic... and then her bus drives away.

Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
 


Kritters Thoughts:  Does love at first sight happen?  While riding a bus Laurie spots a guy and she swears she is destined for this guy and she is sure that he spots her too.  He will enter and exit her life over a course of a few years, but the question remains, will they eventually find each other at the right time and fall in love?

What a great story.  I love reading as these two wove in and out of each other's lives and the ups and downs they had, it made the ending (trying not to spoil!) so satisfying.  The timing of them meeting often in December gave it a little something extra and I am so glad I read it in the middle of all my Christmas romance reading.  

If you enjoy those tv shows or movies where it is all a will they, won't they, then this book is right up your alley and you will read this one so fast!  I recommend picking this one up during the holiday season, it is so quick and easy to read during the craziness this season can be.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2019 Challenge: 56 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street
by Karen White

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy--after all, it's only the second Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house--and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer....

And these relics aren't the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited--untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It's a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed--and died--for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it--even if it means destroying everything Melanie and Jack hold dear.


Kritters Thoughts:  The sixth in a series of books that all take place in Charleston, SC and involve historical homes that have spirits still roaming the halls.  Melanie Trenholm is able to "see" these spirits and semi communicate with them and hopefully help them get to their next destination, this book takes place during the holidays as there are Revolutionary War spirits who are still dealing with events from that time and need Melanie to solve some puzzles to help them crossover.  

First on this series.  I would advise that it is best to start at the beginning as there is a lot of character development that you would miss if you start out here on this book or in the middle of the series.  Each "ghost story" is self contained in each book, but I think you need to slowly meet Melanie and the cast of characters that show up in book after book.  

I have enjoyed this series even though I am not quite a ghost story kind of girl.  The slight nod to historical events is what keeps me reading these books.  For me these books are good, but not great.  It was hard where this book left off, Melanie wasn't in a great place, so I will definitely have to read the next one so I can at the least get an update on Melanie's personal life and how that is going beyond the ghosts.


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 50 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas in Vermont
by Anita Hughes


Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Emma can’t believe her luck when she finds an open pawn shop on Christmas Eve in Manhattan. She’s there to sell the beautiful bracelet her ex-boyfriend gave her when a familiar looking watch catches her eye. It’s the same engraved watch she gave her college boyfriend, Fletcher, years ago. On a whim, she trades the bracelet for the watch and wonders at the timing.


Practical Emma thinks it’s just a coincidence, but her best friend Bronwyn believes it’s the magic of synchronicity that caused Emma to find the watch. Fletcher was the one that got away, and somehow Emma never quite moved on.

When Bronwyn finds out that Fletcher is in snowy Vermont at a romantic inn for the week, she can’t help but give synchronicity a push. She signs Emma up to help the inn keeper as the children’s activity coordinator. Emma agrees that a week filled with quaint shops and maple syrup would do her good… and maybe Fate really does have a Christmas gift in store for her. That is until she sees Fletcher with his daughter and fiancĂ©e.

Suddenly, the fairytale trip seems doomed to fail… much like the innkeeper’s dwindling cashflow. It will take a miracle to save her heart and the inn. And that just might be what Fate has in mind.



Kritters Thoughts:  Emma has recently broken up with another wrong guy and while purging some of the boyfriend things, she stumbles upon something from her past and through the help of a friend she may stumble back upon the guy that got away.  


With me and Anita Hughes books, I either really love them or not so much and I usually know pretty quickly into reading, so I was so excited when from page one I was swept into this story.  

Emma was such a fun character to follow and this book just reminded me of all of the perfectly cheesy Christmas movies that are great to watch during the holidays.  The ups and downs that Emma and Fletcher go through in this book were just at the right moments and this book had just that bit of Christmas magic!

I loved that in this book one of the big plot things that happens in romance happened in this book two - right when you think things will go right there is a twist and the characters have to make the final decision whether they will fall in love or part ways.  I love in a romance book when this happens and am always intrigued as to how the author will throw a wrench in things and then how will the characters overcome it to get to the happy ending - love it!

I hope that there are more books just like this one in Anita Hughes' future!


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2019 Challenge: 51 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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November was by far my best month of reading. I had a few down and quiet days and weekends and some short and sweet Christmas books, I am so glad to end the year on a positive note!


1. Zenith Man by Jennifer Haigh
2. Everything My Mother Taught Me by Alice Hoffman
3. The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
4. Coming Home to Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne
5. Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes
6. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White
7. Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
8. A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies
9. Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
10. Christmas From the Heart by Sheila Roberts
11. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
12. Tis the Season by Robyn Carr
13. The Rancher's Christmas Song by Robyn Carr
14. November Road by Lou Berney
15. One Day in December by Josie Silver
16. Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
17. The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery
18. Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
19. An Unexpected Christmas by Shannon Richard
20. Jackie O On the Couch by Alma Bond
21. Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle
22. Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison
23. The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch by Kimberly Potts
24. The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

Total pages read, clicked and flipped:  7,664


Where having I been Reading?:
Pennsylvania 
Massachusetts 
Idaho (2)
Vermont
Charleston, SC
New York City, NY
North Carolina (2)
Texas
Washington
Aspen, CO
California (2)
London
North Carolina
Missouri
Tennessee
Virginia
Colorado




 

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