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Saving the Best for Last! Day 25 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

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A Christmas to Remember by Jenny HalePublished: October 10, 2014Publisher: BookotureFormat: via NetGalleyRating: 5/5
SynopsisA beautiful story about the magic of childhood Christmas memories, the strength of family and falling in love when you least expect it.
Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?
Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.
As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!
The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realize he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?
As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, an…

2 for 1 Day 24 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: Dashing through the Snow by Paige Rion and All I Have to Give by Melody Carlson

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Dashing Through the Snow by Paige RionPublished: December 9, 2014Format: NetGalleyRating: 4/5
SynopsisWynn Murphy has been in love with Zane Anders since the day she laid eyes on him. But just when she begins to hope their causal relationship might turn into something more, a misunderstanding pushes her away.
At first sight, charming and handsome, ad executive, Zane Anders has been secretly infatuated with bake shop cutie, Wynn Murphy. This Christmas, he's determined to tell her.
Join Wynn and Zane in this delightful holiday novelette as Zane goes dashing through the snow in an effort to capture Wynn's heart.
My ThoughtsDashing through the Snow is a quick sweet read that’s perfect for a cold winter’s night. Wynn and Zane are two people who have been admiring each other from a far for over 5 years. Neither one knows that the other is crushing on them, Zane finally tries to make his intentions clear but his sexy ex reappears and Wynn thinks Zane isn’t single anymore. What I loved mo…

Day 23 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh

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Holding Holly by Julie BrannaghPublished: December 2, 2014Publisher: Avon ImpulseFormat: EdelweissRating: 4/5
SynopsisHolly Reynolds has a secret. Make that two. The first involves upholding her grandmother’s hobby of answering Dear Santa letters from dozens of local schoolchildren. The second ... well, he just came strolling in the door.
For the last two years, Holly has not been able to stop thinking about gorgeous Seattle Shark Derrick Collins. His on-field exploits induce nightmares in quarterbacks across the NFL, but she knows he has a heart of gold.
Derrick has never known a woman he wanted to bring home to meet his family, mostly because he keeps picking the wrong ones—until he runs into sweet, shy Holly Reynolds. Different from anyone he’s ever known, Derrick realizes she might just be everything he needs.
When he discovers her holiday letter writing, he is determined to play Santa too. And as the pair team up to bring joy to one little boy very much in need, they discover the mos…

2015 Goals and Reading Challenges

It’s that time again; as the year draws near the end I want to take the time to set my goals and reading challenges.
My Plans for 2015-Only truly request books from NetGalley/Edelweiss that I will actually read. I know it’s easier said than done but it’s all about quality and quantity in 2015!
-Comment more on blogs. I do read a lot of blogs I just don’t comment I will do more next yr.
-Go back to really enjoying books. I kind of let the pressure of reviews get to me. I want to fully enjoy a book again even if that means less posts on my blog.
2015 Reading ChallengesGoodreads – My goal is 75. I did 60 in 2014 but actually read 90 so it’s very doable.
2015 NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Emily @ Falling for YA. Once again I’m going for Silver. Its 25 books which I think it a good because I have so many I want to get it.
2015 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Evie @Evie-Bookish. My goal is a firm handshake which is 1-10 books. I have a tons of paperbacks I so want to finally get th…

Day 22 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake by Gina Henning

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How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake by Gina HenningPublished: December 3, 2014Publisher: CarinaFormat: via author [thank you!]Rating: 5/5
SynopsisA delicious cake. A guy who is late. Merry Christmas to all.
After the best Thanksgiving of her life, Lauren Hauser can’t wait to see Jack-the-pecan-hoarder so they can finally be in the same place at the same time. Long distance really doesn’t work when you’re head over heels! But when Jack doesn’t turn up at the airport Lauren is left wondering if their relationship is really as great as she thought? Sure Jack’s kisses were delicious and when he looked at her, her knees felt weak, but what did they really know about each other? A big Hauser family Christmas is just what is needed for this situation. Not only will her mom be decking the halls with boughs of monstrous-Christmas-decorations, but Lauren is baking a Christmas cake to once again claim dessert queen of the family! Will Jack fit in with the Hauser clan? Or will Lauren have to fac…

Day 21 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: Candy Cane Kisses by Elle Rush

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Candy Canes Kisses by Elle RushPublished: November 3, 2014Publisher: Books to Go NowFormat: free Kindle readRating: 4/5
SynopsisAll bakery-owner Lindsay Leeds wants for Christmas is for her former high-school crush Sheriff Keith “Bodey” Bodewell to quit playing games. The sheriff has been dancing around asking her out for months and Lindsay is tired of it. His “fake girlfriend” ploy was cute and it was sweet that he recruited her friends to find out what she likes, but enough is enough. She’s a busy woman and he needs to step up or he’s going to lose his shot.
How can a woman who runs two businesses be so clueless when it comes to managing her heart? Bodey has dropped more than enough hints that he’s interested, but Lindsay isn’t catching them. Just when the sheriff is running out of ideas on how he can convince her to be his for Christmas, Lindsay gives him a clue about what it will take for him to get a date. And the answer is pretty simple. At least, it was supposed to be. Christmas…

Day 20 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: A Christmas Wish by Evie Knight

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A Christmas Wish by Evie KnightPublished: November 23, 2014Publisher: ILwRFormat: free Kindle readRating: 4/5
SynopsisChristmas hasn’t been the same for Dr. Jasmine Lamont ever since she lost her parents in a car accident ten years ago. She avoids romantic relationships and the holiday spirit like the plague. This year is no different and she knows exactly what she doesn’t want for Christmas: Ethan Sinclair, the sexy pediatrician, that won’t leave her alone.
Ethan isn’t one to give up easily. No matter what it takes, he’s determined to break down the walls she hides behind and heal her heart—if only she’d let him. And all it will take is a Christmas wish.
My ThoughtsThere is nothing like a good man to make you believe in romance again. Dr. Jasmine Lamont hasn’t celebrated Christmas since her parents passed away and this year is no different. Dr. Ethan has been trying for what seems like forever to get Jasmine to go out with him to no prevail. Jasmine doesn’t want to be another notch on …

Day 19 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: Unexpectedly Yours by Melody Grace

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Unexpectedly Yours by Melody GracePublished: December 4, 2014Format: Kindle purchaseRating 4/5
SynopsisSophie Young has been dreaming about the perfect Christmas in New York ever since she was a kid. But when her boyfriend bails on their romantic trip for two, she finds herself stranded in the city on Christmas Eve, with only a holiday-hating smooth-talking, utterly sexy stranger for company…
Rock-star Austin Kelly is fed up with Christmas – he’s more interested in who’s going to be cozying up under the mistletoe. But when his little black book comes up empty, he finds himself on a whirlwind tour of the city with the most unlikely partner in festive fun…
The snow is falling, but things are definitely heating up inside. And by the time the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, there will be plenty to celebrate with old friends and familiar faces back in Beachwood Bay.
My ThoughtsAll Sophie wants for Christmas is a real New York Christmas with her boyfriend but when he dumps her and lea…

Day 18 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: Christmas Angel by Regina Duke

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Christmas Angel by Regina DukePublished: April 8, 2014Format: free Kindle readRating: 4/5
SynopsisLaura is fired a week before Christmas and walks into Angel Temps looking for work. She didn’t expect to find life’s greatest gift.
My ThoughtsThis is a very light and great book about believing that life has a way of always working out. Laura is fired and by circumstances finds herself steered toward this temp agency looking for work. Not only does she find work but maybe even something she least expected…maybe a little something called love. Nothing is better than love, believing and magic during the Christmas season.

Day 17 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer

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An Island Christmas by Nancy ThayerPublished: October 28, 2014Format: via NetGalleyPublisher: Ballantine BooksRating: 4/5
SynopsisAs Christmas draws near, Felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding: the snow-dusted streets, twinkling lights in the windows, a gorgeous red and white satin dress. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Jilly’s also worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker.
As the big day approaches and Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high. With the family careening toward a Yuletide wedding disaster, an unexpected twist in Nan…

WoW [102]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreightExpected Publication: April 14, 2015Publisher: Harper
Synopsis...At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.
Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, …

Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

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Winter Street by Elin HilderbrandPublished: October 14, 2014Publisher: Little Brown and Co.Format: ARC via publisherRating: 4/5
SynopsisKelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.
As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unrea…

Blog Tour Review: The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen

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The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley KagenPublished: December 9, 2014Publisher: SparkPressFormat: copy via BookSparksRating: 5/5
SynopsisAfter she's diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess Blessing sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she's sure is her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother's long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will.
Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she?
My ThoughtsWow that’s all I can honestly say after I read this wonderful book.  I’m a huge fan of Lesley Kagen she writes …

Day 15 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: The Red Mittens by Jaime Sommers

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This weekend I recently babysat my little cousin and she wanted me to read her a bedtime story. I quickly looked up some cute Christmas-y short reads for my Kindle and I thought I would share some the ones my cousin enjoyed!

The Red Mittens by Jaime SommersPublished: November 21, 2013Publisher: CreatespaceFormat: Free Kindle readRating: 5/5
SynopsisOnce upon a time, there was a little girl who wore a pair of warm, woolly red mittens. In her soul lived the spirit of giving. Armed with no more than an open heart, she changes the lives of those less fortunate, and in doing so, receives a gift much greater than the ones she had already given. Join Annie next to the Christmas tree while she listens to her Grandmother tell the tale of 'The Red Mittens'. A holiday story for all ages, The Red Mittens shares the lessons of kindness and love for others.
My ThoughtsThis is one that all kids should read. It shows in my opinion the real spirit of Christmas. It shows what really is important, …

Day 14 of Day Days of Christmas Reviews: Christmas Town by Shawn Inmon

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Christmas Town by Shawn InmonPublished: December 20, 2013Publisher: Pertime PublishingFormat: Free Kindle readRating: 3/5
SynopsisPete Kelly is preparing to leave everything he loves behind and move cross-country when he makes a fateful wish. Transported by one Christmas miracle, he looks desperately for another to find his way home.
My ThoughtsPete finds himself transported into a Christmas village and must now found out a way to get back into the “real” world. While this concept is a bit far-fetched I liked it. I enjoyed the magical Christmas feel of it. Plus it also has an important message which is to realize what the most important things in life are. Sometimes we get so involved in everyday life or our jobs that we don’t take the time to live in the moment. This is a very imaginable tale, one that will make you remember what we truly should be thankful for.

Day 13 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: The Return of Kris Kringle by Caroline Mickelson

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The Return of Kris Kringle by Caroline MickelsonPublished: October 10, 2014Publisher: Bon Accord PressFormat: Free Kindle readRating 4/5
SynopsisAfter years away from the North Pole, Kris Kringle happily accepts her Uncle Santa’s offer to move back to Christmas Central as head chef. With her young daughter in tow, Kris returns home with two objectives in mind. Goal number one, bring her love of healthy eating and nutritious fare to the North Pole dining service. Goal number two, recover from heartbreak and forget Kyle Masterson, the man who broke her heart. But when Santa hires Kyle as a new co-chef for the holiday season, Kris suddenly realizes that replacing the elves’ beloved sugar cookies with carrots is going to be a piece of cake compared to working alongside her ex-fiancé.
My ThoughtsA very cute light and funny holiday read. Kris has come home to the North Pole to help her Uncle Santa and to hopefully to get everyone back in shape and healthy. Following her there is her ex Kyle w…

Day 12 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: A Christmas Prayer by Kimberla Lawson Roby

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A Christmas Prayer by Kimberla Lawson RobyPublished: November 4, 2014Publisher: Grand Central PublishingFormat: NetGalleyRating: 4/5
SynopsisAlexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas since losing her mother. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season, and wishes her family could be whole again. And even as Alexis prepares to start a new family with her fiancé, Chase Dupont, outside forces threaten to destroy her potential happiness. But fate has one more surprise in store for Alexis, and it might be exactly what she needs to finally embrace the one holiday that has brought her nothing but heartache.

My ThoughtsMan did this book touch my soul. I had so many feelings while reading it; I was mad, sad then happy talk about a rollercoaster of emotions! I felt a connection to Alexis, while I am still blessed to have my family; I still understood why she didn’t want to celebrate the holidays after losing her mother. The holidays are mea…

Day 11 of 25 Days of Christmas Reviews: This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

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This Christmas by Katlyn DuncanPublished: November 18, 2014Publisher: Carina UKFormat: via NetGalleyRating: 4/5
SynopsisThis year, if Hadley wrote her dream Christmas list, it would go something like this:
1. Spend every waking – and sleeping – moment with her incredibly gorgeous boyfriend, Will.
2. Figure out what’s been bugging him lately. Yes, going away to college has been tough…but it’s time they reconnected.
3. Enjoy a sparkling Christmas in New York City, gazing at the Rockefeller tree, going ice skating, and drinking steaming mugs of cocoa in Central Park.
So, driving off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin in the woods wasn’t exactly the plan. But when it comes to her irresistible, and at times, impossible boyfriend, nothing’s ever that simple. And as fantasies of an icy Times Square are replaced by a clumsily decorated tree, making snowmen and the warmth of a log fire, Hadley feels herself falling in love all over again.
Except does Will have something to tell her that could chan…