Enchanted: A Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg

Summary:

One Enchanted Christmas

Last December, author Maren Grant went on a magical date with her book’s cover model—Colin Renwycke. Fast forward one year. With a looming deadline, Maren is desperate to recapture her creative spark. Then she remembers Colin’s invitation to visit his family’s Iowa farm…

Drew Renwycke never planned to move home and take over the farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel—including Colin. When Maren lands on his doorstep, he realizes she may be the key to coaxing his brother home.

One Enchanted Eve

As a Denver Culinary Institute student, Colin Renwyke is out to embark on a new career as a pastry chef. But despite his skills in the kitchen, he’s a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he’s out of backup plans.

Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for her unruliest student baker.

But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can’t say no.

One Enchanted Noel

When Seb Pierce agreed to work for his wealthy grandfather for one year—in return for an early draw on his inheritance—he never expected the agreement to land him in a quirky small town in Iowa at Christmas-time, renovating a dilapidated theater…and running into a woman he never thought he’d see again.

Although she’s finally settled in her hometown, Leigh Renwycke can’t shake the familiar restlessness that used to get her into trouble. When Seb Pierce waltzes into her world and begs for her help planning the theater’s holiday reopening, it might be enough to jumpstart a new career…and to prove once and for all that the new-and-improved Leigh is here to stay. Until old secrets and new sparks get in the way…

My Thoughts:

 

This collection is perfect holiday reading material. I enjoyed each of these novellas and thought that together they made the perfect collection! I am soo glad I splurged on a paperback copy of this collection because the cover is amazing. One of my favorite covers of the year. It just looks as the title says, “enchanting”. I feel like when I hear the word “enchanting” I think about Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail. Each of these stories can be read as a stand alone story, but they share characters and build off of previous stories, so I would recommend reading them in order. They each had their own unique story to tell, however the common threads are the characters, the charming little town of Maple Valley and of course Christmas time! I just love Maple Valley and the quirks and character that is created in this little town. Think Gilmore Girls, and Stars Hallow as far as town spirit and quirky town events. So much fun to have the characters participating in the towns happenings and feel the small town charm coming off the pages of these stories. I enjoyed the Renwyke siblings and each of their stories. I loved that we got to see their flaws. Their messy, ugly, on my worst day I’m like this, situations. It really made me feel for the characters and connect with them. There were also some pretty romantic dates and lots of happy endings! My only wish is that we had met a long lost Renwyke sibling so that we could have another novella! I was not ready to finish! Sign me up for a trip to Maple Valley. First stop is Coffee Coffee and I am grabbing a latte before I head to the snowman building contest! If only!

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Lady Jayne Diasappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


Summary:

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

My Thoughts:

This book had me completely immersed from the first page to the last.  It has been quite some time since a book has truly kept my complete interest and provided twists and turns within the story that were unexpected, yet believable.   This was a fabulous debut novel! I loved Aurelie’s character and Silas was everything I look for in a hero. The mystery surrounding Lady Jayne had me intrigued and kept me turning the pages. The conclusion was surprising, real, and unexpected while being completely satisfying. The friendship between Aurelie and Silas gave this story so much hope and heart. This book switches character points of view for some of the chapters and it is done seamlessly. I always am leery of things written from a first person perspective, but this was done impeccably. It truly gave the reader depth and insight into Aurelies thoughts and feelings and made her character come to life in this book. I loved that this author was not afraid to tackle the hard or messy things in life in this story. This book is going in my top 10 list for the year! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I am excited to see what comes next from Joanna Davidson Politano. I am an instant fan!

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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw

Summary:

Reba Farwell is finally getting a chance to live out her dreams. Sent to Winter, Montana to direct filming for a crucial, on-location shoot, she knows the next two weeks will make or break her career. And she could definitely use a break. As if that isn’t enough, she’s got a secret that none of her crew knows. All she’s asking for is two weeks of small town, Christmas beauty and a little bit of on-camera sizzle.

Five years ago, Hoyt Bradley’s heart and future shattered in one fell swoop that landed him back in Winter. Thankfully, making lemonade—or his father’s famous lemon meringue pie— out of lemons is what he does best. Running Bentley’s Diner has filled the gaps left in the wake of his heartbreak, even if it hasn’t healed him completely. Not wanting to relive memories of his rocky start in the film industry, Hoyt does his best to steer clear of the dreaded film crew, but Winter has a way of bringing people together.

After one fateful delivery and a score of icy bad luck, Reba finds herself in a bind and at the mercy of what Winter can offer. Will she pull the film together in time to salvage her name as a director? Or will the sparks flying off-camera create more of a distraction than she knows how to handle?

My Thoughts:

I was completely charmed by this Christmas novella! It was literally like stepping into a Hallmark movie at Christmas time! This story was sweet, entertaining, and perfect for the holiday season. I loved the setting of Winter, Montana. You could almost feel the chill from the snow coming through the pages. I really enjoyed reading about the character and charm of the little town of Winter. Their decorated streets, winter festival, and friendly demeanor made this little town come to life in this book. I loved the Bradley family and their dynamic! Reba was easy to like and I found her character to be genuine and realistic which made me like her even more. Hoyt was the perfect combination of sweet, confidence and subtle humor. This was the perfect book to snuggle up in a blanket and read. Definitely add this to your holiday reading list! This debut release from Bell Renshaw was fabulous and has me wanting more! And perhaps a trip to a small town in Montana would be nice also!

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

Summary:

During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

My Thoughts:

This novel completely captivated me from the first page to the last. Lisa Harris is a new to me author, so I went into this book with no idea of her writing style or previous knowledge of other books in this series. I could not stop reading this book! I tend to read mostly romance or historical fiction, but every now and then I will read a thriller or suspense novel because I do enjoy them as well. I was so invested in the plot and story line of this book right from the start. The prologue was grabbing, and chilling, and totally had me hooked before I even hit chapter one. I really enjoyed that this story spanned over a long length of time. It made the story realistic and helped me as a reader invest in Garrett and Jordan as characters. With each chapter and each new victim I was more and more curious and anxious to discover the identity of the serial killer. The ending did not disappoint! I absolutely love being surprised at the end of a book! No spoilers here! Read the book! I felt that the romance in this book was sweet and very true to life. The characters had an attraction, but did not jump into a romance right from the start. I thought that was such realistic situation especially for these particular characters. I totally enjoyed this book. I have plans to start this series from the beginning! If you are a fan of suspense novels this book is a must read!

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts are my own.

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano


Summary:

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. 
When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

My Thoughts:

I am going to gush about this book.  Just be warned.  I loved it!  Each and every page of it!  This book was non-stop humor, fun, and sweet romance from start to finish.  This might be my new favorite Turano book.  I dearly love A Change of Fortune because its just so good, but this one is right up there with it! First of all I loved that the reader gets to meet up with Asher and Permilla again!  They were such a fun couple, but since their story was just a novella I almost felt cheated out of time with them.  However, they are back and just as fun and delightful as when they were introduced.  In true Turano fashion the opening chapters begin with humor and mishaps to set the story up in the best way.  Harrison Sinclair was an adorable, lovable hero.  His quirky fashion sense, cluelessness about women, and heart of gold make him perfectly endearing.  I loved Gertrude.  She was sweet, and funny, and willing to speak her mind, but never came across as rude or bossy.  One of my favorite things about this. book was reading the interactions between Asher and Harrison.  They seemed to think between the two of them and a stack of romance novels they could better understand women.  All sorts of hilarity ensues.  I could not stop laughing.  Anytime I hear of someone wanting to read a fun romance with humor I suggest a Jen Turano novel and this book was equal to all her other novels.  Definitely reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys lighthearted romance or historical romance.  I just love any and all Jen Turano books!  This book in particular is moving to the top of my faves list!  It was just so lovably fun!  
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A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden


Summary:

Lucy Drake’s mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming. 
Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin’s connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they’re wading into will take them.

My Thoughts:

Elizabeth Camdens novels always have the ability to transport me to another time and place completely.  I really enjoyed the setting and time period of this novel.  Her books are unique in that I always feel like I am learning a bit of history in an effortless way.  This story really brought two things to my attention from the time period.  The first was the way news was sent and received and how much work went into getting information to the newspapers.  It was fascinating to read about!  The second was the water system during that time period and the challenges that families living in high rise apartments faced without clean water.  Reading about these things through the life and experiences of the characters in this book was definietly eye opening.  As far as the story itself, I didn’t really connect with this story or the characters.  Perhaps it just wasn’t for me.  I feel that the book was well written, and the setting was intriguing, but I had trouble identifying with the main characters or sympathizing much with thier cause. Right and wrong was a little blurred for each of these characters and I had trouble with that. This book was however,  filled with twists, turns and excitement.  I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden and have loved most of her previous novels, so I am looking forward to checking out her next book when it releases.  
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Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky


Summary:

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
My Thoughts:

I could tell by the cover of this book that this story would be one with adventure and romance!  It was another delightful read from Carrie Turansky.  I have never read a historical fiction based around advancements in aviation and found it exciting and interesting.  I enjoyed both Bella and Jame’s characters.  I thought it was great that both of these characters were working hard towards achieving their dreams in spite of obstacles.  This book had a slight mystery element tucked away in its pages as well.  I love a little mystery in a story, and I thought it added interest and depth to the character’s story.  The historical facts about aviation and airplanes from this time period were effortlessly mixed into the story providing the reader a glimpse into the technolgies and advancements of the time.  The flights across the channel made me anxious, anticipating who would have the first successful crossing and who would fail, or crash, or give up.  No spoilers here!  This book was everything I enjoy in a historical fiction!  I love the way Carrie Turansky writes characters, and Bella and James were no exception.  Definitely pre-order this book if you are a historical fiction fan!  This book will release in February and you won’t want to miss it! 
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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.