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A California Christmas by Brenda Novak

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Release Date - October 13, 2020
I loved this holiday romance. I'm a fan of the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak anyway, but this installment was a delight. 
Emery Bliss flees her home after her boyfriend, who happens to be her co-worker, publishes a sex video she had no idea he'd filmed. She's lost her job, her dignity, and her boyfriend in a matter of days. She's staying at Silver Springs for now with her mom's friend Aiyana. She never expects Dallas Turner to come home.
Dallas is back in town in preparation for his mom's wedding. Aiyana's wedding is a long-time coming, and he plans to be there for every minute of the preparations and big event. When he finds Emery in his mom's home, he's stunned. He's had a crush on her for years. When he learns why she's there, he wants to do everything possible to help her get justice for the way she was treated.
It isn't long before sparks are flying. Emery doesn't want any part of a new relat…

Happily This Christmas by Susan Mallery

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Release Date - September 29, 2020

Graphic designer and single mom Wynn Beauchene is very content in the cozy town of Happily Inc. When her neighbor asks for her help, she can't resist. She's harbored a crush on Garrick for a long time. He needs help getting his house set up for a long visit from his daughter and his bachelor lifestyle won't fit with a mom-to-be.
Garrick's been estranged from his daughter for years, but the 21-year-old is coming to stay with him until her military husband returns. Joylynn is nearing the end of her pregnancy and she's not happy with anything. Could Happily Inc. be the town that turns her around and makes her the joyful girl Garrick remembers?
Happily This Christmas is the sixth book in the "Happily Inc" series, though you can read them independently. I'd read a couple of them and enjoyed catching up with those characters. Wynn is strong and an incredible mom. I loved seeing her paired with Garrick, who is also an incredib…

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

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Release Date - October 6, 2020
If there's one thing I needed right now, it was something light and fun. Between news stories, family health matters, the ongoing pandemic, and the topics I research for work, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. In a Holidaze was a heavy dose of exactly what I needed. Rush to get your hands on this engaging holiday romance.
College friends gather with their families every year for the holidays. Maelyn Jones, her parents, and her younger brother are back for another gathering, but this year is different. They learn that the Hollis family is going to sell their vacation home. Mae's already having a tough time with a job that's not what she expected. She's never told Andrew Hollis how she really feels about him.
After learning this could be their last Christmas together, her family is in a car crash. She wakes up on the plane days earlier with Christmas week ahead of her. Something is going on. December 21st keeps happening over and over, and i…

The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere

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Release Date - October 6, 2020
In the 1970s, Joan and John Creighton are in the midst of raising their children and doing things to grow together as a couple and on their own. John's goal is to put his novice woodworking skills to the test to build Joan a family dining room table. Joan is learning how to cook by following her mom's recipes and tips.
Skip forward to 2012. Lauren Mabrey is a new wife and cooking is still something she's getting used to. When she learns she's pregnant, she wants to turn their house into a home. A dining room table is on her list. In the refinished table she comes across, she finds a stack of recipe cards and becomes intrigued by the recipes and stories they tell. She becomes determined to track down the family.
The Christmas Table is an inspirational holiday story that takes place in the past and present. It shares the stories of two growing families and the challenges and joys they face. The recipes are an added perk. Some are included at …

The House of Secrets by Sophie Draper

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Release Date - September 1, 2020
The cover art on The House of Secrets caught my eye. The plot sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, that's where my interest in the book ended. I wanted to get swept up into a deep mystery, but I knew what was going on in terms of one aspect of the story well before the twist was revealed. I didn't find it surprising.
Claire's son is her world. Stuck in a marriage with a man who seems happier in other women's arms, Claire's plotting to leave their waterfront home. She just needs her son to come with her. When he disappears, her world starts to unravel and she must go back over the events that led her here if she's to find him.
I'm not always a fan of books where the storyline jumps back and forth in time. While you know who is speaking and if it's past or present, the jumps were distracting to me. Sometimes it works well, in this case, the switches pulled me out of the action and had me struggling to stay interested.
I never l…

The Nesting by C. J. Cooke

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Release Date - September 29, 2020


Following a suicide attempt, Lexi Ellis isn't sure what to do next. Her relationship is over. She needs a place to stay, a job, and a new start. When she overhears a woman and her friend discussing a live-in nanny position in Norway, Lexi listens in. The woman doesn't want the job, so Lexi snaps a picture of the woman's CV and job inquiry and poses as that woman. She never expects to land the job, but that's exactly what happens.
Tom Faraday is an architect who is working on his late wife's dream cliffside home. She died tragically, but he can't let her dream end. He needs a nanny to help their daughters, and Lexi seems like the perfect fit. After all, Lexi finds herself enamored by the two young girls and a mother figure is exactly what the little girls need. 
It doesn't take long before Lexi realizes there is a serious problem. Young Gaia keeps seeing a "sad lady" haunting the home. Lexi finds muddy footprints ins…

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker

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Release Date - September 15, 2020

The past five years have been rough on Molly Clarke. When her daughter ran out in front of her car, she did everything she could to stop in time. Since that day, there's been a lot of blame. No one can blame Molly more for her daughter's death than she does. Her oldest daughter hates her, her son won't talk to her, and she's pretty sure her husband is having an affair. If she walked away, she knows none of them would miss her.
Her chance arrives when she runs out of gas just shy of Hastings, Connecticut. It's her chance to abandon her car, walk away, and never look back. There's a major storm hitting the town, which means she has time to get away before anyone will notice.
When Molly's car is found abandoned, her family is called. They head to Hastings to search for her, but all that remains is a note telling them not to look for her. Her daughter isn't convinced. Weeks later, a phone call draws Nic back to Hastings to se…