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The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

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 Release Date - October 26, 2021 Christy and Alix have been best friends since they were young. When Christy's plans for the perfect Christmas in Lapland get a bit messed up, she does the best she can think of. She'll stay behind in England with her husband, Seb, until his business meeting ends and send her daughter to Lapland with Alix. Only, she also arranges to have Zac, Seb's best friend, accompany Alix and the rambunctious Holly. Little does Christy know that Alix and Zac have a bit of a history together that has Alix panicking. The last thing she wants is to travel to Lapland with him. It's putting a strain on everything, including Christy and Alix's long-time friendship. It's hard to find fault with this book's setting. As you read, you can imagine sitting in front of the fireplace with the snowy landscape just beyond the cottage window. I adored the setting, and it's not one that's often found in the romance novels I've read. The charact

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

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 Release Date - October 5, 2021 After a tragic childhood, Wren has reinvented herself. She has a popular advice column and supportive friends. All that's missing from her life is true love. When she connects to a man online, she thinks she's found Mr. Right. After meeting him and enjoying several dates, she thinks she's found the one. And then he disappears. All she has is a text message saying he's sorry. Enter a private detective. Like Wren, he's trying to find this man. It turns out she's one in a long line of women who have been involved with this man and all have disappeared. Could her Mr. Right really be all wrong? Last Girl Ghosted started strong. It bounced back and forth between Wren's past and present, but it's easy to keep up. Eventually, the story takes unusual turns and left me asking several questions as to whether I'd missed something while reading.  It's still an absorbing suspense novel. For that, I can give it high praise. I

Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne

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 Release Date - October 26, 2021 Sleigh Bells Ring is a feel-good romance about families, getting past the hurt, and moving on with fresh beginnings. Head to Wyoming for this snowy holiday romance. Annelise McCade grew up on Angel's View Ranch. At one point, her grandfather owned the land, but he sold it to the Sheridan family. She's back as the ranch's caretaker and expects to have a quiet Christmas with her young niece and nephew, who are in her care while her brother finishes his drunk and disorderly sentence. It's been years since the Sheridan's have come to the sprawling ranch for the holidays, so her plans should go off seamlessly. Until Tate Sheridan shows up. He's back for the first time in a long time. His father died tragically on this ranch, and it's a memory he can't get past. He's surprised to find her and the youngsters, and that the cook/housekeeper retired. She soon learns that the entire family is coming for one last holiday gathe

Meet Me In London by Georgia Toffolo

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 Release Date - September 28, 2021 What a joy Meet Me In London was on a rainy day. A "bomb cyclone" has hit New England, so cold, rainy weather is sticking around. I needed a cozy story to cheer me up. Georgia Toffolo did exactly that and I appreciate it.  Victoria Scott works in a bar and teaches young adults about fashion design when she's not working. Her students are everything to her. Despite her ex, her dreams of opening up her own fashion boutique are still on her mind. But, a trendy new department store threatens to destroy her dreams. Enter Oliver Russell. His family's store needs to be a success for his dad's sake. He's doing everything possible to get the grand opening to go without any hiccups. His mom's meddling in his love life isn't helping, That he tells her he has a steady girlfriend doesn't help anything. His mom plans to meet this woman for the grand opening. Oliver has no idea how to make an imaginary woman magically appear.

Mango, Mamba, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes

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 Release Date - October 12, 2021 Meet Miriam Quinones-Smith, a happily married food anthropologist who finds herself uprooted from NYC to her husband's Floridian hometown. While Miriam's determined to make the best of the challenges of moving to a new community with a four-year-old, her mother-in-law is not making it easy. Nor is her husband's high school girlfriend who is back in his life and making it clear she was part of the family first. One of her first outings brings Miriam to a Women's Club luncheon with her best friend, Alma. Alma is a local realtor and loves to network. When a woman at the luncheon drops dead during the meal, everyone is questioned. When a second person dies, it's hard to ignore that something is going on. Miriam suspects it has something to do with a local herbologist's tea blends.   At the same time, a local channel wants to hire Miriam to do a cooking segment that focuses on recipes and stories that share Miriam's Cuban heritage

No Memes of Escape by Olivia Blacke

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 Release Date - October 4, 2021 This is the second book in the Brooklyn Murder Mystery series. I hadn't read the first, but this one stands alone without issue. I was quickly caught up in Odessa and Izzy's growing friendship and sleuthing, and that makes me eager to go back and read the first book in the series. Odessa is adjusting to her new life in New York City. Originally from Louisiana, she's getting used to city life and making plenty of friends. It's going to be hard to leave once her aunt returns and no longer needs a housesitter.  When she and her BFF/co-worker Izzy are out, Izzy bumps into former schoolmates. They agree to join the other women for an escape room adventure. It turns into one incredible mystery when one of the classmates is killed in one of the escape room's areas while the others are in another section. Both Izzy and Odessa are prime suspects as their cornhole trophy is the murder weapon. Eager to clear their names, Izzy and Odessa start

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old by Various Authors

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 Release Date - October 4, 2021 The original paperback was released several years ago. Now, you can get Home for Christmas in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, too. This collection of Christmas stories is an easy read, and each story shares a tale of the magic of Christmas, the power in giving over receiving, and family. There are so many short stories in Home for Christmas. One that I loved was Katherine Paterson's "No Room at the Inn." It's set in Vermont, so it already appeals to me for that reason. It's about the son of innkeepers who go away and he has the inn to himself for the holidays. There are no guests to take care of, so he's looking forward to the relaxation ahead and knows he will refuse anyone who comes knocking, and then a family in need approaches him looking for a safe place to stay.  Here's where it gets tricky. There were other stories that also tugged at my heart, but I didn't take notes this time. I can't recall the authors