**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **
The warmth, love, and cheer of Christmas are in every page of Jenny Hale's story.
The atmosphere couldn't be warmer than the cabins in the mountains of Tennessee with white snow draped over the evergreens.
Here's the problem... Lila is a wonderful woman who followed her sweetheart to Nashville and promptly got dumped. Her job sucks, and she doesn't know what to do next. Fortunately, she has a fabulous group of girlfriends. That's not enough because they're all moving on in their lives with work and family.
One last grand Christmas week together is what Lila has.
The girls rent a spot at Fireside Cabins. The cabin is worn, the host is lonely and in need of spirit, and the coffee shop has a handsomely, cranky bachelor ignoring his customers.
Theo owns the coffee shop, but closes himself from feeling, well, anything. He could be a thoughtful and caring man, if he didn't have to hide.
Lila sees all the beauty and anguish in the merry week of Christmas with friends, and needs to fix it. That's what she does. And Theo is on the list of needing fixing.
A delightful holiday romance. Hale gives me goosebumps of cheer and many other Christmas stories to read.
by Lexi Post
Do you like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? How about a steamy Scottish Christmas Carol series? It all starts with Pleasures of Christmas Past.
When present-day American social worker Jessica Thomas is assigned her first case as a spirit guide, she’s excited to serve as the Spirit of Christmas Past for her client and prove she knows her profession well. Unfortunately, her mentor, the very hot, very single, and very Scottish Duncan Montgomerie has little faith in her ability and plans to catch her when she falls. As far as she’s concerned, he’s going to be waiting a very long time.
Bachelor Duncan Montgomerie
hails from late 18th century
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi's first love is romance novels so she married her two first loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her two cats in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.
Scots & Swords
“I love ye…Ye have been mine since the beginning of time and ye’ll be mine until the end of all things...”
1823 near London.
Nicholas Chilcott, Earl of Layton, must relieve his mind of the accusations of his late father as a traitor. Nicholas's cousin, Simon, has other ideas such as relieving Nicholas of his duties, even if it means by death.
Traveling to Weymouth looking for evidence of his father's
Kate Winston pens the records of the church under the new vicar who has planned to marry her out of his necessity. She wants nothing to do with him. The previous vicar, God rest his soul, had lovingly cared for her since her parents demise. Now she must survive without a family and few friends. Her wit and determination make her a strong character and ready to deal with an Earl looking for information.
Nicholas does his best to fit in and befriend the locals by giving a helping hand in trades he's never done along with traveling in perilous conditions. With Kate lending a hand in dangerous ways, their hearts seek each other out.
Yet, Nicholas doesn't want to mix Kate up in his family mess, and Kate feels she won't fit into his royal circle.
Their story is a delightful read with matching wit and strength between lovers from different backgrounds.
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