Friday, December 14, 2018

White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright

Title: White Christmas Inn
Author: Colleen Wright
Read by:  Samantha Desz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length: Approximately 7 hours and 51 minutes
Source: Review Copy from Simon & Schuster.  Thank-you!

Are you a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies (or their cousins on Netflix)?  Then you will be a fan of White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright.

Jeanne and Tim own and run the historic Evergreen Inn in Vermont.  Times are tough for the two and they are not sure how they are going to keep the inn open.  The new Starlight hotel and ski lodge has opened nearby, and it is the destination for most travelers coming to the area.   Will Jeanne and Tim be able to find a way to save Evergreen Inn?

For this Christmas season, Jeanne and Tim are hosting past frequent guest Hannah, for her Christmas wedding.  When the groom decides to call it off last minute, Hannah must decide what she really wants in life.  Will her childhood friend Luke help her to remember who she used to be as an independent person?

Molly is not part of the wedding party, but she is a famous children’s author and has come to the Inn to help her with her writer’s block.  After a blizzard shuts down all the roads, the Inn inundated with visitors who can’t make it to the Starlight.  Molly soon is sharing a room with two precocious girls with their attractive father widower father Marcus staying on the lobby couch.  Will Molly be able to find her creativity again?

I really liked how this novel told the stories of a variety of different characters from their perspectives.  They are all having troubles at Christmas, but they learn that love, laughter, and friendship can make any Christmas bright and happy.  I always love novels with great characters and I thought this one had that in abundance.  I loved all their stories and how each story was tied up perfectly.  I wish there could be a spin-off of this novel to see where everyone is in one year just because I loved the characters so much, but it did have a perfect ending as it was.

Samantha Desz was a good narrator of this audiobook and it was enjoyable to listen to on my work travels.  I found myself sitting in my car when I got home to keep listening to the story!

Overall, White Christmas Inn is a delightful Christmas novel with a heartwarming story and a great cast of characters.

Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is the queen of Christmas novels, and several of her novels have been made into Hallmark movies (including this one).  I have not yet seen the movie, but I greatly enjoyed the book.

Ashley Davison is a grad student in California and a waitress.  She unexpectedly gets time off for Christmas and decides to go home to visit her mother in Seattle.  The problem is, there are no flights available and only one rental car.  She is too young to rent the car, but unexpectedly can rent a car with a handsome stranger that was behind her and needs to get to Seattle for a job interview.  Dashiell Sutherland is a former army intelligence officer and reluctantly agrees to share a car with Ashley.  He is not happy about the situation but is hoping they can both make it to Seattle on time.

Ashley and Dash start off with not much to say, but soon find a spark between them.  Their journey does not run smoothly and there is a fair share of comedy involving mistaken identity, a puppy, a motorcycle game, etc.  I thought it was all very entertaining and I’ll admit, I laughed out loud quite a few times in the story.  I thought it was a fun yarn, although I admit I did not want Ashley to ride in car with a strange man even thought he was handsome and his mother vouched for him via a phone call.

Dashing Through the Snow is the fun December pick for the Kewaunee Book Club.  It will be interesting next week to see what everyone thinks about this book.

Favorite Quote:
“I think a lot more of you for admitting you were wrong.  You didn’t need to, and you did.  That tells me you’re not a man with a high sense of self-importance.”

Overall, Dashing Through the Snow is an entertaining and fun Christmas tale that involves a road trip, romance, and humor.

Book Source:  The Kewaunee Public Library

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Gift Guide Roundup from Sourcebooks (and GIVEAWAY!)

Do you have a friend or relative who loves romance and are looking for some gift ideas?  Read about some great new books below!

Mistletoe in Texas
Gift this to: Anyone who loves all things Texas or rodeo, and fans of second chance romance
Suggested gift pairing: A cute Texas cookie cutter, or a bag of Texas Pecan coffee for a warm and authentic treat. (Because a horse won’t fit under the tree!)

Cowboy Christmas Jubilee
Gift this to: The friend who loves Christmas more than any other holiday, and fans of small town cowboy romance
Suggested gift pairing: Anything Christmas related – bonus points if there are cowboy boots involved.

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas
Gift this to: Anyone who has ever wanted to live on a Christmas tree farm (!) or cowboy readers who like a little suspense
Suggested gift pairing: A pine-scented candle, or a favorite piece from a local artist (in honor of our folk artist heroine)

Cowboy SEAL Christmas
Gift this to: The friend whose favorite holiday movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or anyone who thinks horses and heroes are a winning combination.
Suggested gift pairing: Cute notecards, a framed photo, or an invitation to a holiday celebration because Christmas is all about connecting with the people we love!

Billionaire Wolf for Christmas
Gift this to: The friend who has a long checklist for her perfect guy (billionaire, doctor, wolf shifter) or anyone who loves a trope mashup!
Suggested gift pairing: If you can’t find a half-naked billionaire to put a bow on, then how about an adorable book themed tote to throw a copy into.

My Forever Home
Gift this to: Dog lovers, and fans of
Suggested gift pairing: A puppy! (just kidding) For the minimalist friend, give this along with making a donation to a local no-kill rescue shelter. For something that’s easier to wrap, pair this with a cozy pair of red mittens for a soft and sweet gift.

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More links to the books:

Cowboy Christmas Jubilee 

Cowboy SEAL Christmas 

Mistletoe in Texas 

Billionaire Wolf for Christmas 

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas

My Forever Home