About a Mistletoe Mismatch

A Mistletoe Mismatch

If Jessica and Ellis can put the past behind them to work together, it will be a Christmas miracle. Former childhood friends fight to end one relationship while trying not to fall into one of their own.

Christmas comes but once a year—a relief for Jessica Nettle, because that means she need only see the horrid Mr. Webb when he visits his cousin. Jessica has been at war with Mr. Webb for seven long years. What started as innocent pranks accelerated into a war. This year promises to be the worst of all, especially when Jessica learns that her sister is falling in love with that cousin. A match between the two of them would be a disaster.

Ellis Webb spends every Christmas in the country with his cousin. The holiday is one of the highlights of his year, despite the prickly Miss Nettle’s attempts to ruin it for him. This year, Ellis’s cousin has a mind to marry, and he’s looking with increasing interest at Miss Nettle’s younger sister. Such a marriage, with such a family, will surely end in disappointment and broken hearts. When Miss Nettle proposes to Ellis that they join forces to keep the ill-fated couple apart, he swallows his irritation and agrees to her plan.

Amid the merriment of celebrations, Jessica and Ellis scheme to keep two hearts apart. But as the days pass and the magic of season works upon Jessica, she realizes she may have lost her clever game—and her heart—to her enemy.

My review

This book by Sally Britton was such a fun one! I loved the enemies to lovers story line. And the characters. The matchmaking. And so many little things about it.

Jessica is our main female lead. She is the older sister. And her younger sister, Florence, seems to be falling in love. I loved the way Jessica goes about making sure she really is in love, and not just thinking she is. She enlists Ellis to help her break the two of them apart. Only, Ellis is Jessica’s most hated enemy. At least, that’s what she thinks.

I liked Ellis. He’s the kind of guy who loves to travel. And he’s a really good sport. The pranks that Jessica had played on him for years would have brought a lesser man to his knees. He really has no idea why Jessica seems to dislike him. I loved his humility when he figured it out. He knew he needed to apologize.

There are so many great characters in this one. Aunt Temperance was one of my very favorites. I loved that zany lady and her dog. And her letters to her friend Esther were great as well. It was fun to have a little insight in to what she was thinking about the whole situation.

This book was so great! I loved everything about it.

I was sent an e-copy of A Mistletoe Mismatch as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart
By Nancy Campbell Allen
Historical Romance
Paperback, E-book & Audiobook, 313 Pages
September 7, 2021 by Shadow Mountain

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club. 
 
Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law dies in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind. 
 
When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match. 
 
They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

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Guest Post: Inspiration for The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart

I have my editor, Lisa Mangum, and the podcast “Lore,” by Aaron Mehnke, to thank for the inspiration for The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart. Lisa had been listening to Lore and mentioned an episode I’d also heard (because you can’t listen to only one Lore episode, you have to binge them all). The episode was about a gentleman whose wife died of a mysterious illness, and then his second wife tragically died…a string of sick and dying wives began to arouse suspicion among locals and law enforcement alike.

One of the fun details we’d also discovered about the Victorian era was the popularity of personal ads in local papers and magazines. I combined the idea from the Lore episode with an imagined character who works for a newspaper, has an insatiable sense of curiosity, and is a voracious reader of mystery and romance novels.

Et voila! A new Victorian series was born, featuring three cousins who live in London and are determined to become modern Women of Independent Means. My books almost always feature a healthy dose of mystery along with the romance, and I believe people who have enjoyed my work in the past will not be disappointed here!

About the Author


Nancy Campbell Allen is the award-winning author of 19 published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres ranging from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her most recent books, which include Regency, Victorian, and steampunk romance, are published through Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance line, and the What Happens in Venice novella series is part of the Timeless Romance Anthology collection published by Mirror Press. 
 
Nancy loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She nurtures a current obsession for true crime podcasts and is a news junkie. She and her husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah with her family, one very large Siberian Husky named Thor, and an obnoxious but endearing YorkiePoo named Freya.


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December 10th: Sarah M. Eden – The Merchant and the Rogue
December 11th: Arlem Hawks – Georgana’s Secret
December 12th: Jess Heileman – The Nabob’s Daughter 
December 13th: Krista Jensen – Miracle Creek Christmas
December 14th: Jen Geigle Johnson – A Christmas Kiss
December 15th: Josi S. Kilpack – Love and Lavender
December 16th: Carla Laureano – Discovered by Love series
December 17th: Sarah L. McConkie – Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough
December 18th: Carol Ross – His Hometown Yuletide Vow
December 19th: Nichole Van – Brotherhood of the Black Tartan series
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December 8th: Nancy Campbell Allen – The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart
December 9th: Rachael Anderson – Five Kisses
December 10th: Sarah M. Eden – The Merchant and the Rogue
December 11th: Arlem Hawks – Georgana’s Secret
December 12th: Jess Heileman – The Nabob’s Daughter 
December 13th: Krista Jensen – Miracle Creek Christmas
December 14th: Jen Geigle Johnson – A Christmas Kiss
December 15th: Josi S. Kilpack – Love and Lavender
December 16th: Carla Laureano – Discovered by Love series
December 17th: Sarah L. McConkie – Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough
December 18th: Carol Ross – His Hometown Yuletide Vow
December 19th: Nichole Van – Brotherhood of the Black Tartan series
December 20th: Anneka R. Walker – Brides and Brothers
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About About Time You Proposed

About Time You Proposed

Second Chance at Love. Forced Proximity. Enemies to Lovers.
Emily Masters would rather weed the entire Roosevelt National Forest than work with Ethan, the Georgetown Railroad Troll. But her ex-boyfriend manages Clear Creek Adventures and would be the key person to promote her production at the local theater.

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Ethan Winters avoided his childhood sweetheart since she’d crushed his heart when she chose a career in LA. Now she’s back for two months and working with her is sweet torture. The old feelings resurrect to life, and all his friends tell him it’s about time he proposed. He has but a few weeks to overcome his fear of commitment and plunge into unknown territory. But when Emily is offered a TV deal that will catapult her career, how can he compete?

My review

This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Renee. But it won’t be the last! I liked how this author wrote. She has great characters and an interesting and engaging plot line. Plus, don’t you just love the enemies to lovers trope? I know I do! This is not the first book in this series. But it can be read as a stand alone.

Emily is a great character! I loved the way she was home just trying to get her life going again after leaving the demands of L.A. She’s been asked to direct a play in the local theater. Really, she’s just killing time before her acting career hopefully heats up. I liked seeing her with Ethan. The two of them just have chemistry, even if they pretend to want nothing to do with each other.

It was interesting to see things through Ethan’s eyes. He knows why Emily doesn’t like him. And he doesn’t like her much either, or does he? It was fun to see how confused these two were. Because neither of them really acted like they didn’t like the other all the time. There were so many mixed messages!

I enjoyed the plot of this one. It was fun to see all of their friends. And now I’m going to need to read the first one to find out the back story on Jake and Kaitlyn!

I was sent an e-copy of About Time You Proposed as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About A Cross Country Christmas

A Cross Country Christmas

Lauren Richmond isn’t a fan of Christmas.

Which is why she rarely makes the trip home to the Midwest for the holidays. After all, she has plenty to keep her busy—namely, her duties as a set decorator on a TV sitcom.

But this December, Lauren‘s brother and his wife are expecting a baby, so her brother arranges a ride home for her with his good friend, Will.

Unfortunately for Lauren, she’s been trying to forget college baseball coach and childhood crush Will Sinclair for more than ten years.

Now, thanks to her fear of flying, she’s stuck in a car with him from California to Illinois.

She’s circumspect and organized. He’s flirty and spontaneous.

She’s convinced that people don’t change. He’s trying to prove to her (and himself) that he has.

On this cross-country road trip, they’ll both discover that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself. . . but like any good Christmas carol, it does have a second verse.

My review

I hadn’t read any of Cortney Walsh’s books before. But I’ll be searching them out next. I LOVED this book! It was a simple, easy to read Christmas book that kept me engaged from the very first page.

The characters in this one are fantastic! I loved Lauren. She seemed like a real person. I loved that she wasn’t perfect. Lauren didn’t like Will from before the start of this book, even though all indications were that he had changed from the guy she grew up with that broke her heart. Lauren had plenty of room to grow in this one, and she did.

Will…he really seemed like a great guy. I, as the reader, wasn’t sure I really understood Lauren’s prejudice against him. Not until she relived the reason she couldn’t forgive him. Then things made sense. I liked that Will had his own secrets he was hiding. And his motivation for their road trip, it made for a beautiful ending.

I loved the plot of this one. How could you not want to follow these two along for stops at places like Big Mom’s Wigwams? There are so many great places they stop on their road trip. I have no idea how many of them were real, but they made me smile every time.

This is a great Christmas book that I didn’t want to put down!

I borrowed a copy of A Cross Country Christmas with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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About A Christmas Waltz

A Christmas Waltz

One dance, once a year.

This defines Marta and David’s friendship from the moment they first meet at the Yuletide Ball. Now, dancing the annual Christmas Waltz is a tradition between the pair in which they agree to tell each other the truth about their lives. Over the years that follow, their lives take different directions, wrong turns, and heartbreaking spirals, but they never miss their chance to reconnect and encourage one another to live their best lives, even if they can’t live them side by side.

My review

This little Christmas novella actually came out last year. Sadly I didn’t get around to reading it until this year. But I LOVED it.

I loved the way Josi S Kilpack did this one. Each year has it’s own chapter. Kind of a unique things in books. The reader sees most of this through Marta’s perspective, but there are several chapters through David’s as well. But never both for the same year.

I really liked the way Marta is, especially at the beginning. She is so full of life and hope for the way her life will turn out. And it was so fun how she thought of David as D’Artagnan. As life comes, and it doesn’t go the way she imagines it will though, she gets beat down.

And that’s when David takes over the narration. I loved the way he tries to be what she needs for those few minutes they are with each other each year. Even if that means getting her mother to understand that Marta needs her. And she needs her immediately.

This is a quick read. I loved every bit of it!

I was sent a copy of A Christmas Waltz as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Don’t Say a Word

Don't Say a Word

After a four-year engagement, Cassie James’s plans for the future come crashing down when her relationship abruptly ends. She needs to regain her balance, and her parents’ ranch in Montana provides the perfect escape. But respite is the last thing she finds. While camping near the Bitterroot Forest, a strange sound leads Cassie to make a startling discovery: a young child, abandoned in the wilderness. She acts on instinct, taking him home to the ranch with her. But she has no idea that by doing so, she will be forced to engage in a fight for his life—and her own.

With the help of Deputy Parker Grafton, Cassie works to uncover the mystery behind the boy’s origins. The pair is drawn closer together each step of the investigation as they follow a bizarre trail of clues. But when a series of dangerous accidents begins to plague the family ranch, Cassie and Parker realize that an unknown assailant is closing in. They have to run. In a game of cat and mouse spanning the country, Cassie and Parker will stop at nothing to protect what’s become most important to them: the child in their care—and each other.

My review

I have been reading books by Jennie Hansen since I was a teenager. And I have LOVED each and every one I have read. You can imagine my excitement to see a new full length novel by her. I was so happy. And with good reason. She writes such amazing suspenseful books.

I loved Cassie in this book. She’s the type of girl to spend hours riding her horse. And to camp out on her families property near the mountains. Imagine her surprise when she finds a little boy, all by himself on a trail one day. She, of course, packed him up to care for him. And since no one knew who he belonged to, she was made his caretaker. Cassie needed little Bub, she had just been dumped by her fiancé of several years. And it was nice to have something to think about.

But that’s when bad things started happening to her family. I loved the suspense of this part. The reader sees things through Cassie’s eyes, so they don’t know what’s happening or why until she does. It was so great!

The reader also sees things through Parker’s eyes. I loved these two together. They both, along with Cassie’s family, care for Bub and what’s happening to them. And they all want the bad guys to be caught and locked up.

I loved this book. It was so suspenseful. I never knew what was going to happen to the characters next. Or why. Pick this one up soon!

I borrowed a copy of Don’t Say a Word using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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About Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

A lifetime ago, Maggie Alexander’s parents narrowly missed medaling in the Olympics as pairs figure skaters. Now a coach, her father Gordon is living his dreams through the skaters he trains—until Maggie is forced to deliver heartbreaking news: her mother’s battle against cancer will be a losing one. Shattered, her father loses his dreams in an instant—his beloved wife and his will to coach. Left to pick up the pieces, a devastated Maggie finds herself relying on the steadfast support of her childhood best friend, Lance Whitmore. 

Despite the fact that Maggie has never seen Lance as more than a friend, his heart has always been hers. Lance does what he can to help Maggie work through her grief, and soon their friendship blossoms into love. But when distance threatens their relationship, Maggie is torn between building a life with the man she loves and helping her broken father rebuild his life.

My review

There is something really satisfying about reading a book in one sitting. I was happy to have this book on my flight last month. And it was so great that I had it finished before we touched down. And it was so great!

I love the way Traci Hunter Abramson is writing these. They connect her books in this series together and it’s one of my favorite things. Make sure to read Dancing to Freedom first. But don’t miss An Unlikely Pair either.

This novella tells the story of Maggie and her dad Gordon. It’s not the happiest of stories, but we all have our ups and downs. I love the way family is everything to these two. Especially after Maggie’s mom/ Gordon’s wife dies from cancer.

I really loved the way they were able to fight through the hard times and emerge stronger in the end. Part of that is due to Lance for Maggie. He is always there for her when she needs him. And he goes out of his way to do kind things for her.

Maggie is the rock for her dad. She gets him to try harder to find who he was before. And that was a beautiful thing.

I can’t wait for February to read Dreams of Gold. I know it will be as amazing as this one was.

I was sent an e-copy of Broken Dreams as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Wendy’s Pirates

Wendy's Pirates

In 1817, Wendy Darling returns from London to her family in Devon, where she meets Captain James Hooke, a dashing naval officer who both infuriates and intrigues her. But Wendy is hiding a dark secret—and running from a past that makes it impossible for her to trust the incorrigible captain. And James has secrets of his own, secrets he’s afraid will interfere with his desire to win Wendy’s heart.

When the Darling family takes in a young orphan boy named Peter, the two newcomers in Wendy’s life help her learn to open her heart and begin to trust again. But when a gang of pirates sails into port in search of Peter, will trust be enough to save Wendy and those she loves from danger?

Varnell takes J. M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan characters and introduces them to risks and romance that go far beyond the average fairy tale. As Wendy and Hooke fight for new beginnings, they learn that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

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About Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers

Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers

The magical world teeters on the brink of collapse. The Dragon King, Celebrant, has united the dragons into a vengeful army, and only a final artifact stands in the way of them unleashing their fury against humankind. With established allegiances shifting under the strain, Seth and Kendra find themselves in desperate need of new allies.

Seth must face his most dangerous quest—the fulfillment of his pledge to the Singing Sisters. With only Calvin the Tiny Hero at his side, Seth needs to collect the pieces of the Ethergem, including the stones from the crowns of the Dragon King, the Giant Queen, and the Demon King.

Halfway across the world, Kendra finds herself torn between her duty to Dragonwatch and her desire to rescue Bracken. Can she challenge Ronodin’s control of the fairy realm without leaving the five legendary dragon slayers to be hunted by Celebrant and his sons?

Left behind at Titan Valley, Knox and Tess must survive the aftermath of the Giant Queen’s fall. Will the secret crown in Knox’s possession prove too much for him to handle?

In this fifth and final volume of Dragonwatch, our heroes make their last stand at the hidden Kingdom of Selona. For the defenders of light to stand a chance, the legendary dragon slayers must arise, lost secrets must be uncovered, and ancient powers must awaken. Get ready for the gripping, revelatory, and unforeseen conclusion to the epic ten-volume New York Times best-selling Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series.

My review

I love a good series! It doesn’t matter if that series is written for adults or middle grade readers. Brandon Mull definitely knows how to write a good series. He fills his series with great characters, plenty of action and adventure and magical creatures. Add a great plot and the reader will be hooked.

I loved this book. My favorite thing was getting to read about Seth and Kendra one last time. Both of them are great characters. Seth has a way of getting himself into trouble. He’s never been the character that hasn’t done any wrong. I loved seeing him get his redemption in this book. The journey to his redemption wasn’t easy, it seldom ever is. But it was worth it.

Kendra is one of those down to earth characters who thinks quickly on their feet. I loved how she worked to find her true potential in this book. She learned a lot about herself and the world around her. And she was able to use those things she learned to benefit herself and those around her in this story.

The plot of this one is fast moving and full of adventure. It definitely keeps the reader interested. Such a great ending to a great series. Honestly, I loved the ending. But I was so sad to see this series end. I can’t wait to see what other worlds Brandon Mull dreams up for us to read about!

I bought my own copy of Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers. All opinions are my own.

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