Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch (Book Blitz with a Giveaway)

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Christmas Secrets
By Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch is bringing readers some sweet romance this holiday season…

Christmas Secrets
by Donna Hatch
Paperback & ebook, 260 Pages
November 9th 2017 by Mirror Lake Press LL

A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them bewildered and breathless. A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together…or divide them forever.

Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother’s approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss…even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.

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121 Days until Christmas

After reading that, you’re either jumping up and down in your giddiness or trembling with fear.

Me? I’m in the first camp. I love the holidays and am one of those annoying people who pop in the Christmas music Nov. 1. Hey, I no longer live under my dad’s roof and no longer have to adhere to his “No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving” edict.

Last year I had all of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. Granted, I am a single gal who lives 3,000 miles away from family and rarely spend the holidays with them due to my job. I don’t have to deal with big holiday meals, entertaining, in-laws, or children. And I still found plenty of practical and helpful information in Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoy the Season

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Author Kathi Lipp offers readers twenty-one assignments to make the Christmas holidays less stressful and more enjoyable. Some of the lessons (like creating a Christmas binder and organizing your recipes) will take some time. Others (one which includes doing something nice for yourself) will be easy, refreshing, and relaxing.

In my opinion, Lipp’s best advice deals with deciding which traditions are must haves (or must keeps). Does your family celebration included anything that’s “always been don that way” even if it’s something no one really cares about? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate.

With real-life examples from her own Christmases past, and a few from readers, Lipp helps set the foundation for a holiday season in which you stress less and enjoy what matters most (family, friends, and Christ’s birth) more.

Added bonuses in the book included some delicious and seemingly simple (I haven’t tried them yet) recipes as well as five assignments to help you clean everything up after December 25.

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas is available everywhere September 1, 2015.

****Harvest House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge

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Juliette D’Alisa has a lot going on. A trip to Tuscany, Paris, and Provence a week before the soft opening of her brother’s and her new restaurant with the man she loves proves simple. The time spend together, the romance, the support of family all play into the comfort Juliette feels with Neil McLaren. And then vacation ends and life begins. As if trying to juggle the restaurant, her mother’s illness, relationships with her other siblings, and a long distance relationship with Neil weren’t enough, she is also reading through the letters written to and from her grandmother in the early 1940s trying to piece together they mystery of who her biological grandfather was. Is it possible for all of Juliette’s dreams to come true or will she have to give up on in order to keep the others?

This was book two in the Two Blue Doors series by Lodge but the first one I’ve read. While I believe reading the first one will give readers more insight into who Juliette is (and perhaps her relationship with Neil), there were only a couple of places where I felt I was coming in during the middle of the story. What I loved most about this book is how real-life it is. Juliette struggles with her relationship with Neil and the distance between them, worries about her restaurant opening and her mother’s illness, and alternates between teasing her siblings and seeking counsel from them. Her large family is lovable and hilarious at times and you can read the love they share for each other. I can’t wait to read the conclusion of Juliette’s story (and there is plenty to still be worked out once the last page of Reservations for Two has been turned) next year. Oh, and I can’t let you go without mentioning the amazing recipes that are shared throughout the book. They will get your mouth watering.

***Blogging for Books provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any manner for either a positive or a negative review.