Monday, 30 December 2013

Best Books reviewed in 2013

Best Books of 2013

I had a really hard time picking only 5 books, but here they are, my favorite books I've read and reviewed in 2013

The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
The Rain Trilogy - Karen-Anne Stewart
Before I Met You - Lisa Jewell
The Golden Apple - Faerl Marie
Billy and Me - Giovanna Fletcher

Special mention:
Pillars of the Earth was the first - and maybe the best - book I read in 2013. 
This was before I started M's Bookshelf, 
which is why (and only why) 
Pillars is not included in the list above.

Massive thank you to all of you who've visited M's Bookshelf,
to my fellow book bloggers who made me feel right at home,
to all authors and publishers who trusted me with a copy of their book.
I wish you all a very happy New Year!

Happy reading,

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Book review + Q&A: The Rain Trilogy - Karen-Anne Stewart

Raina has a very troubled past. From a very young age she has been the victim of abuse. Not knowing how to trust again after yet another man has let her down, Kas has a lot of trouble convincing her he's different; that life can be different. He is a courageous hero who is used to risking his own life to save others, but can he save the one who has captured his heart from her horrific past and the men who are hell-bent on destroying her? 
Kas is willing to do anything to protect Raina from her demons and the men who haunt her, going as far as placing his career and life on the line to save hers. Raina will give up everything she has worked so hard to achieve, even flee the country to keep Kas from the wrath and powerful reach of her abusive father.
As Kas and Raina try to navigate through the twists and turns of a deviously intelligent human trafficking group, they find solace in each other's arms. Can they infiltrate the trafficker's tight ring, saving the innocent lives from imminent danger before it's too late?

***Disclaimer: Due to sensitive issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, The Rain Trilogy is intended for readers 18+

My 5 STAR reviews for Saving Rain (The Rain Trilogy #1) and Healing Rain (The Rain Trilogy #2).

After The Rain (The Rain Trilogy #3)

The blurb.
Finally able to put her harrowing past to rest, Raina looks forward to her future with Kas, but the Ghost has other plans. As the FBI team gets closer to taking down the largest human trafficking ring in the modern world, the Ghost begins a wicked game, making Raina the pawn and the target. Never before encountering a worthy adversary, he's fascinated by Raina and is enjoying the refreshing challenge of her intellect. 

The danger ignites to a blazing new level, and Kas struggles between the need to finally exorcise the Ghost and his need to protect his wife. Tension mounts as an internal battle wages, tormenting Kas as he watches Raina put her all into taking down the man responsible for horrific sex slavery and gruesome deaths. When a new player takes control, Jefferson orders the end of the Ghost's game with Raina, which results in one final, devastating act, leaving Kas desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to save whatever means necessary.

My opinion.
I absolutely love this trilogy. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading Saving Rain, the first book in the series, but from the very first chapter I was hooked. I immediately fell in love with Raina and Kas. Karen-Anne really invested in  her characters and they feel very real. They're not just ideas of people, who happen to play the main part in a story. By the time you've finished the trilogy, you feel like you've known them for years.
[SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read Saving Rain and Healing Rain]
In After The Rain, the last book of the trilogy, Raina is doing great. Thanks to Kas she was able to find happiness again and she got a chance to fight her inner demons. This doesn't mean everything will be easy for her from now on, her past is still there, but Raina is stronger and happier than ever. Together Kas and Raina have overcome so much and you can't help but feeling proud of both of them. They really succeeded in healing Raina (wink).
In this book it's those other demons, the traffickers, who will prove to be harder than ever to beat. Raina continues working alongside Kas and his team in the fight against The Ghost. But is she in over her head? Things get really heated and After The Rain becomes a suspense thriller. If it was hard to put down #1 and #2, you're in trouble with this one. It's so exciting, scary, thrilling, romantic, moving,... an emotional roller coaster that will leave you with a (book)hangover. 
The unconditional love between Kas and Raina luckily remains unchanged among all that excitement, chaos and fear. I can't stress enough how incredibly moving it is to see what both have meant to each other, how much better their lives have become because of the other person.
The Rain Trilogy is an epic love story in a very real world.


Q&A with Karen-Anne Stewart

About the author.
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the 2013 RONE Awards. 

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

- The Rain Trilogy tells the love story between Raina and Kas. How did both characters come about?

First of all, I would like to thank you for having me on your wonderful website today, Maryline!  I knew that I wanted a powerful, healing love when I began writing The Rain Trilogy, but I also wanted it to feel real.  Raina is such a strong character but she is also fragile.  There's nothing weak about her, even with her self-doubts and emotional scars, she is a courageous fighter.  Kas is my favorite character, everything I dream of in a man ;).  He is strong, confident, protective, and has, what I call, a soft alpha male personality.  By alpha male, I mean that he is used to being in charge but he's not arrogant or unyielding, and he would do anything to keep Raina safe. 
   Kas and Raina come head to head on many issues, leaving them in some pretty heated arguments, but with their love and respect for each other, along with help from Chase, Kas' best friend, they always manage to overcome and make a formidable team. 

- Are there any similarities between yourself and Raina, the main character? Do you share, for example, her love for music, the woods,...?

I am thankful to say that I did not live the life Raina had to endure, but, sadly, too many do.  Raina's love for iced hazelnut coffee and shaken iced green tea is totally shared by me!  Also, her love for music and languages are passions of mine, although I can't sing AT ALL and can't speak nearly as many languages as Raina does.   I live near the Blue Ridge Parkway, so a love for woods is also something we share.  Hiking is a fun past time, but I will have to admit that I am not much of a camper, unless there are warm showers available.  The other trait we share is being stubborn. 

- What inspired you to write this story? The trilogy deals with the very difficult, hard issues of abuse and human trafficking and you yourself support The Polaris Project, an organisation that fights human trafficking. What made you write about these issues?

I have some experience working with survivors of domestic violence and their courage amazed me.  Human trafficking has been blowing up in the news and is spreading at such an alarming rate that I felt the need to include this depravity in The Rain Trilogy.  This series is my humble attempt to help shed some light on the dark issue of sex-slavery.  I learned about the Polaris Project while doing research about sex-slavery for the trilogy and was impressed with how they fight all forms of human trafficking in a holistic approach.  I'm currently hosting a fundraiser for the Polaris Project that includes a giveaway with 100 winners.

- The FBI plays a very important role in this trilogy, and especially in Healing Rain and After The Rain a lot of attention goes out to Kas' team and how they operate. Did you find inspiration with the "real life" FBI for those scenes?

The FBI, and other organizations, combat human trafficking on a daily basis, usually without any acknowledgment of how they put their lives on the line to save others.  I want to say THANK YOU to all the heroes out there who see the horrors of trafficking every day and sacrifice so much to rescue the survivors and put the handlers behind bars.  The sad reality is that there is much more trafficking going on than we are aware of because the groups are transient.  This form of abuse is highly under-reported.  

- Can you reveal something about your future projects?

Currently, I'm finishing up Ash to Steele, a stand alone novel.  I have a few ideas that I'm playing with for future novels, including a paranormal romance and maybe a novel from one of the minor characters in The Rain Trilogy.  Here is just a small bit of an excerpt from Ash to Steele that I hope to have published within the first half of 2014:  

 Pure becomes tainted, clear turns murky, and innocence is only a fading dream. So it is with him; lines are blurred, gray becomes the norm, and everything I once held as absolute truth begins to wane. I can’t blame it on him. It’s my fault. I’m the one who isn’t strong enough, the one whose faith has been shaken. My entire world has been violently uprooted, tossed in the turbulent winds of a hurricane named Breck. I’ve been damaged…broken. Breck’s words come back to haunt me, There’s a consequence for every choice you make.

Readers can find out more about The Rain Trilogy and future novels at , on twitter #TheRainTrilogy, #SavingRain, #AshtoSteele, and at Karen-Anne Stewart Author on Facebook.  

I hope everyone has an amazingly wonderful New Year!!!!


Many, many thanks to Karen-Anne 
for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Rain Trilogy
and for agreeing to this Q&A; lovely chat!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Most wonderful time of the year ... in books!

The Most wonderful time of the year
... in books!

I've been lucky enough to read several amazing holiday themed novels/novellas these 2 months and because tonight is Christmas eve (!!!), I'm going to give a quick overview here. 

1st up: a mouth-watering, delicious Christmas read; sequel to Meet me at the Cupcake café

Two incredibly sexy Christmas novella's. Prepare yourself to fall and love and "get sexy" with the with Tilly & Dean and Claire & Logan!


Three wonderfully romantic modern-day fairy tales with seasonal miracles


+ another enchanting novel; Christmassy without the jingle bells

and last but definitely not least: a modern-day upstairs/downstairs sexy comedy

Many thanks to all authors and publishers for giving me a magical holiday
with your lovely giveaways and review copies.

Book review: The First Christmas Without You - Michelle Betham

The blurb.
A story of love and hope at Christmas, The First Christmas Without You is an emotional and poignant novella. A truly magical Lapland fairytale…

Jessie Collins has always wanted to visit Lapland. But this Christmas, more than any other, it’s the place she feels she really needs to be as she tries to come to terms with a future she really needs to start living.

My opinion.

Jessie's husband died a year ago, just a few weeks before Christmas. He was her life, her past, her future. Without him, Jess feels lost and she definitely does not feel ready to move on. She is, however, determined to convince her loved once she's doing just fine. She knows she has to keep going but she's just not sure how to get on with life without Jase. She decides to follow her brother and his friends to Lapland, the dream holiday she and Jase had been looking forward to for so long.
In Lapland Jess finds herself enjoying the holiday spirit again and together with her new friend Mikku, she starts thinking about her life. She looks back on the past year and how she handled grieving for her husband. 

But moving on will prove to be much harder than she thought. 
I'm not a big believer in fate and destiny, so the idea of fate bringing them together (which is pretty much a constant throughout the story) kept me from getting really absorbed into the story. Mikku wasn't my favorite character. I liked how he was able to help Jess rethink her life, how he helped her decide for herself what it is she wanted. I did find him to be a bit "pushy" at times, and I would have liked it more if his mentor role had been assigned to her brother - for example- instead of a complete stranger she met walking down the street. 
I did love reading Jessie's journey and I love how the story is full of hope and Michelle beautifully describes Jessie's mixed feelings of love, guilt, pain, loss,... 

Final note: I absolutely love the cover!

I'm very happy I got the chance to read this novella just in time for Christmas.


Many thanks to Harper Impulse for providing me with a review copy.
Happy Holidays!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Book review: Healing Rain - Karen-Anne Stewart (The Rain Trilogy #2)

Healing Rain

The blurb.
SPOILER ALERT! Do not read this if you haven't read Saving Rain, the first novel in the Rain Trilogy!

Shattered when Raina runs after his marriage proposal, Kas is hell-bent to find her and bring her home, where she belongs. He will bend every law necessary to do so, willing to do anything to protect Raina from her demons and the men who haunt her, going as far as placing his career and life on the line to save hers. Raina will give up everything she has worked so hard to achieve, even flee the country to keep Kas from the wrath and powerful reach of her abusive father.

In the midst of the FBI team closing in on the Ghost, another ghost from Raina's past taunts her, promising that she will be his. Meanwhile, a different trafficking ring is gaining strength in New Jersey. Michael solicits Raina's help, needing her smooth, sultry voice to win the audition for the new singer in the ring leader's swanky night club. Raina knows her life is in jeopardy with the dangers of being undercover, but she is blindsided when she discovers that it's her heart that is threatened with a mortal blow. 
Raina tries to heal from the nightmares of her dark past as the grisly bodies of innocent victims surface when the team gets closer to discovering the identity of the man responsible for the infuriatingly clever and powerful slavery ring. When Raina finally comes face to face with the Ghost, he quickly engulfs her in a twisted game of cat and mouse, delivering a veiled threat as he slips through her fingers. As the ghosts of her past and present ensnare her in their deadly web, Raina realizes the danger has just begun.

***Disclaimer: Due to sensitive issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, The Rain Trilogy is intended for readers 18+

My opinion
Not that long ago I read and reviewed Saving Rain, the first novel in The Rain Trilogy and I fell hopelessly in love with Kas and Raina and was heartbroken when the novel ended. Luckily Karen-Anne had the next one ready and, even more lucky, she asked me if I was interested in reading and reviewing the sequel too (I mean, duh!).
I loved Healing Rain as much as I did Saving Rain. [Although, I have to say, I'm not a big fan of the cover. I loved the Saving Rain cover, but this one just doesn't do the story justice. I don't really feel "Raina", when looking at that cover]
The way Kas cares for Raina is just so incredibly moving. Raina has had to overcome a lot of horrible things from her past and life just keeps throwing her curveballs. She still has trouble believing and trusting that Kas will always be there for her, that he loves her unconditionally and that she won't have to face her past, or the present, alone.
In Healing Rain Kas and Raina battle Raina's inner demons and they search for a way to protect each other, without endangering or hurting themselves... which turns out to be harder said than done.
The story contains a lot of sensitive issues but the amount of love that Karen-Anne gets across is so huge that it forms a nice balance with all the hard, ugly stuff. 
Karen-Anne left us, yet again, with an amazing cliff hanger, so you'll be desperate for more... and luckily there is: After the Rain is the third novel in The Rain Trilogy. You can expect a review for that one here soon! ;-)

Karen-Anne's websiteTwitter and Facebook,
Healing Rain on Amazon.

Be sure to check out Karen-Anne's fundraiser for Polaris Project to end human trafficking!

A big thank you to Karen-Anne for giving me the opportunity to read and review 
the second part of Kas and Rain's story, I loved every page. 

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Blog Tour: Of Blood and Brothers - E. Michael Helms - Review + giveaway!

Of Blood and Brothers

The blurb.
In the spring of 1927, ambitious cub reporter Calvin Hogue covers a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle. He learns two Malburn brothers fought on opposing sides during the Civil War, and encourages them to tell their stories. Before the night is over, Calvin realizes he has a far greater story than a run-of-the-mill family reunion.

Thus begins the first of many sessions with the Malburn brothers. The saga unfolds in their own words with wit, wisdom and sometimes, sadness. Before long the brothers are confronting troubled pasts and conjuring up ghosts laid buried throughout the long post-war years. Calvin is swept along by the harrowing eyewitness account of our nation’s most trying era, through bloody battles, personal trials and losses, and the mutual love of a beautiful young woman.

My opinion.

Being European, the American Civil War is not something I know all that much about. Let's start by saying that Of Blood and Brothers definitely changed that. No boring textbook play-by-plays of the war and all its separate battles, but a very real account of how it actually was for people involved. Of Blood and Brothers is a story about war, but even more so about love, friendship and family.

Michael Helms tells the story of both Malburn brothers with such amazing detail you can almost feel the heath and the dust. Those long ago battles and memories are brought back to life thanks to his brilliant writing. 

[Without giving too much away: I do have to say I liked reading Eli's account most.]
Book one definitely leaves you wanting more. You've gotten to know both brothers and Calvin and you'll be desperate to find out how the rest of their story continues. Michael Helms included some very exciting cliffhangers, so reading book two is a definite must (more info about book two below).

Book info.
Edition: First Edition
Format: eBook and Paperback
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Koehler Books
ISBN: 1938467515
ISBN13: 9781938467516

Add Of Blood and Brothers to Goodreads and find it on Amazon

About the Author

E. Michael Helms is a USMC combat veteran. His memoir of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written ... a modern military classic,” and has been in print for most of the past 20 years.

His work has also appeared in the books: Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003); Soldier’s Heart: Survivors’ Views of Combat Trauma (The Sidran Press, 1995); and Two Score and Ten: The Third Marine Division History (Turner Publishing, 1992).

Helms lives with his wife in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Giveaway (US only!)

WIN 2 autographed copies of Of Blood and Brothers!

Book Two, the sequel to Of Blood and Brothers, will be released in March of 2014. 
The story of the Malburn brothers, Daniel and Elijah, picks up where Book One in the series ends. The South surrenders, but the peace is far from won. Trouble stalks the Malburns in post-war Florida. Amid the violent days of Reconstruction, Daniel and Elijah face continuing conflict, family turmoil and heart-wrenching tragedy as they struggle toward a hard-earned and costly reconciliation

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Book review: The Happy Endings Book Club - Jane Tara

The Happy Endings Book Club

The blurb.
This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending or beginning, as they’re often the same thing.

Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the world. Sadie doesn’t see the beauty inside people. Amanda wonders what she ever saw in her ex husband. Tilda literally can’t see herself. Michi can’t bear looking at her family, while Clementine is blind to what’s right in front of her. And Eva looks for romance in all the wrong places.

But things are about to change …

Meet the women of the Happy Endings Book Club as they celebrate Christmas, and themselves, in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Sydney and in love.

My opinion.

First things first: I strongly recommend reading Jane Tara's blogpost about what makes The Happy Endings Book Club so special to her. It made me see the book in a completely different light. It especially helped me understand Paige and Tilda better.
Being only 21, I sometimes felt a bit too young to really 'get' the story and its characters (that's why Jane's post really helped me), but it was still such an enchanting novel.

It's a Christmas story about seeing yourself, seeing others, loving and being loved,... without the jingle bells. Truly heartwarming.
The book tells the story of each of the Book Club members, almost like separate novellas that slowly weave together a charming, heartwarming tale. Jane Tara's wonderful writing makes you connect with each of these woman almost instantly, making it very clear how beautiful this Book Club is. The Club gives each of them a lot, and they all add something unique and wonderful to the group in return.

Find The Happy Endings Book Club on Goodreads and Amazon.

Many thanks to Momentum for providing me with a review copy.
Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Book review: The Holiday Survival Guide - Jane O'Reilly

The Holiday Survival Guide
The blurb.
Witty, clever, and sharp. It's going to be the holiday from hell...and that's just how Erica wants it. 

When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she's determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde. 

Nathan was a married man with a successful TV show before Erica got to work on his life. Now the hottest man she’s ever met is single, furious, and he’s got her alone in the wilderness for three long days…

My opinion.

Erica is a tabloid journalist who's forced by her boss to go an holiday against her will. She's determined to not have any fun at all. She books herself a survival training experience in one of the coldest places imaginable with only snow and wild animals for company... and her survival guide, Nathan. 

When Nathan and Erica both find out who they'll be spending the next few days with, alone in the wilderness, things get confusing for both of them. Erica wants to prove a point, Nathan wants nothing to do with her. Or does he?

Erica wasn't an easy character to like at first. She's a tabloid journalist with, so it seems, no respect for boundaries or privacy. Nathan is one of the 'victims' of Erica's writing so it's easy to sympathize with him. Who would appreciate their personal lives to be splashed all over the tabloids, nationwide? But there in the ice cold wilderness, she's just a person with a job and a past; a past full of painful memories. Getting to know Erica's character more, liking her suddenly comes natural. But will Nathan have the same reaction to her opening up?
Jane O'Reilly brilliantly describes both sides of the story and switches easily between Nathan's point of view and Erica's. From the moment the lay eyes on each other there's an undeniable chemistry and sexual tension between them that's impossible to ignore. It just radiates of every page and makes the coldest place imaginable all of a sudden very, very hot.

Check out Jane O'Reilly's website and Twitter 
and find The Holiday Survival Guide on Goodreads and Amazon.

The Holiday Survival Guide is out January 1, 2014.
Don't miss this steaming hot novella!

Many thanks to Escape Publishing
for providing me with an ARC.
I absolutely loved reading this novella.


Sunday, 15 December 2013

Book review: Season of Second Chances - Brighton Walsh

Season of Second Chances
The blurb.
When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan's offer to stay with him for the night.

Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex's arms-even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.

The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he's never stopped loving, and Logan's not about to pass up this gift. He's not the workaholic he was two years ago-his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good.

My opinion.
What a sexy holiday novella. From the moment Claire and Logan set eyes on each other, after nearly two years, the tension between them radiates from the page. Brighton Walsh brilliantly describes their confusion, their fear to get hurt again, their feelings of love... and especially lust. Have I mentioned how sexy this novella is?

Although you slowly find out more about what made Claire and Logan broke up the first time around, you can't help but want them together again. Their chemistry is just too much to ignore. Brighton's writing makes both of them very easy to love.

Prepare yourself to fall in love and "get sexy" this holiday season!

Season of Second Chances on Goodreads and Amazon.

I was lucky enough to have won an E-copy of Season of Second Chances
thanks to Closed the Cover and Brighton Walsh
Thank you!!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Book review: Christmas at Thornton Hall - Lynn Marie Hulsman

The blurb.
When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!
So when she's personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it's not long before Juliet's standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester's impossibly grand ancestral pile.

The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.

But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?

As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!

My opinion.
I've always been fascinated by the English mansions and their lords and ladies, their staff and their traditions; all of which I considered to be in the past. But here's Thornton Hall in the 21st century, still governed by strict rules of hierarchy and class separation. From the moment Juliet set foot in Thornton Hall, I was intrigued; fascinated to see how the English rich and famous... and most importantly 'titled' lives their lives behind closed doors.
I loved Juliet. She's funny, talented and "real"... but her judgment on men was questionable to say the least and her stubbornness got me really agitated at times.  There are so many "love interests- triangles" in this story, it's confusing at times with more than one classic case of misunderstanding and miscommunication. Sometimes funny, sometimes incredibly frustrating. [How badly do you want to slap Lady Penelope in the face?!]
The juicy gossip, the struggle for power, the affairs,... It's almost like a sitcom. A really expansive and decadent one.
Christmas at Thornton Hall is a lovely, funny and sexy modern "upstairs, downstairs" story. Prepare yourself for a Christmas like you've never seen before.

Christmas at Thornton Hall on Amazon and Goodreads

Many thanks to Harper Impulse for providing me with a review copy.