#BookReview: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

cranberryAbout the Book
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

My Review

What a perfect read to get you into the holiday spirit! From the cover, the cozy vibes of Stardust Lake Hotel and a heart-warming romance, I enjoyed Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky from start to finish. I loved the setting, and the backstory between Piper and Gabe was heartbreaking yet hopeful at the same time. There was plenty of interesting characters, including Gabe’s adorable daughter, and fun little plot twists along the way. If you are building your holiday reading list, make sure to add this one.

4 stars

#BookReview: Married by Midnight by Talli Roland #ChickLit

Reviewer: Samantha

married by midnightI received a review copy

Summary:

Christmas is coming . . . and so is the biggest day of Kate’s life.

While choosing a vintage dress for her Christmas Eve wedding, Kate finds a cryptic note pinned to the inside of a 1930s gown. As doubts about her own ceremony loom, Kate is determined to track down the dress’ owner and determine what became of her – and the marriage.

Will Kate find the answers she’s seeking to propel her down the aisle, or will her discovery prompt her to call off the wedding for good?

Review:

I love that the holiday season now means a new Talli Roland novella! If you are new to my blog I will tell you that I love her books, full-length and novella, and I think you should check them out! Married By Midnight is short and sweet, perfect to curl up with on a cold night with a cup of hot chocolate (that may or may not be what I did!) and throw yourself into Kate’s life. Novellas can be fun because we don’t have to mess around with a lot of details and drawn-out sub plot points, we just get right to the story and this was a good one. I love the thought of finding a note from a mystery person, either in my wedding dress or heck, my attic would be cool, and the fact that Kate and especially her mom relied so much on the “stars” was a hoot for me to read. Go get it and get in the holiday spirit!

4 stars

Merry & Bright Blog Tour

Four authors from Christmas anthology Merry & Bright share their favorite childhood holiday memories.

 

merry and brightLauren Clark: My favorite childhood Christmas memory would have to be making cookies with my mother and two younger brothers. I adored the process—mixing the ingredients, rolling out dough, choosing cutout shapes, and the delicious scent that floated through the house once the cookies turned golden brown in the oven. I am certain that my brothers and I made a terrible mess, but we loved tinting frosting in shades of bright green and cheery red and decorating cookies in the shape of trees, bells, Santa, and stars. The stars have always been my favorite, and I took extra care to dot them with silver nonpareils, glittery sugar sprinkles, and iced dots and swirls. We enjoyed the treats in our pajamas with cups of cocoa while snowflakes fell outside our front window, covering the lawn with a blanket of white.

 

Laura Chapman: My family decorates our Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend, and it’s always a fond memory for me. My mom tells me my love for Christmas trees started early. “When you were eighteen months old, we put you down for a nap, and while you were sleeping, we put up the Christmas tree and decorated it,” she said. “When you woke up, we brought you out and your eyes were as big as saucers. You kept turning around in circles looking at it. You were very amazed and very cute.” I’m still amazed when I see an exceptionally beautiful tree.

 

Nancy Scrofano: I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but when I was a kid, I desperately wanted a new bicycle for Christmas. I had my eye on a bright yellow “big girl” bike, so I asked Santa for it, and I waited and waited. Finally, Christmas morning arrived. I remember racing down the stairs to the family room, and there in front of our Christmas tree was that yellow bike with a giant red bow on it. I screamed so loud that I woke the rest of my family up. I’ll never forget that exciting moment.

 

merry and bright blog tourIsabella Louise Anderson: Who doesn’t love presents, especially at Christmastime? Being the eager child that I was, one Christmas Eve, I was too excited to sleep because I knew Santa was coming. After waking my younger brother up, I convinced him to go downstairs with me to see if we had any presents. Seeing nothing yet, we went back to bed, and couldn’t sleep the rest of the night. We stayed up talking about what we hoped we’d get—he wanted a Nintendo Game Boy, and I wanted a cash register. Santa was good to us that year.

 

Merry & Bright Book Description

Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.

 

Add Merry & Bright to your Goodreads shelf! Follow along with the Merry & Bright Blog Tour via Fictionella! And visit publisher Simon & Fig for more information about the book!