Holiday romance

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Matzah Ball Surprise

Oh, my heart. I loved this book. I see the Christian side of my family reflected very often in romance, and in fiction in general. However, very rarely do I see stories where I recognize the Jewish side of the family. Matzah Ball Surprise is just such a book. It’s sweet, hilarious, uplifting, and ...

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Holiday by Candlelight

Holiday romances tend to be a strictly Christmas affair, so when I saw Holiday by Candlelight, I was intrigued. There aren’t many Hanukkah romances out there, but I’ve read a couple good ones. One side of my family is Jewish so I tend to keep an eye out for books that represent that side of my w ...

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Walk Me Home

Well-written and touching,  Walk Me Home is a good character study, a worthwhile comedy and a moving romance, all about the importance of forgiveness and healing. Wealthy Charlie Nash is back at Silverlake Ranch to attend the wedding of her cousin, Will.  The last thing she wants to do is be th ...

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This Wicked Gift

This Wicked Gift is, I believe, Courtney Milan's first published work, and is an introductory novella to her Carhart books. In it, Miss Lavinia Spencer is caring for her sick father and her younger brother as well as running their family business, a circulating library. Money is incredibly tight, bu ...

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Mr. Right Now

Mr. Right Now is a sweet, sexy novella featuring neighbours – a former marine and actor-turned-event planner - that takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’m not the biggest fan of novellas as I often find them rushed and lacking in characterisation and relationship development, but ...

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A Match Made for Thanksgiving

Jackie Lau continues to surprise and delight me with her variety of romance novels and novellas, and when I heard she was writing a holiday novella series featuring the Wong family, (aptly named Holidays with the Wongs) I immediately added them to my to-read list. First up is A Match Made for Thanks ...

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Puppy Christmas

Sunny, warm, touching and sweet – you can pick any of these three words to describe Puppy Christmas, the second book in Lucy Gilmore’s series about a sisterhood of service dog trainers.  A good story that combines a light heart with reasonable emotional heft, it’s a darned good romance novel. ...

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Christmas Where They Belong

Bawling my eyes out doesn’t usually go with “holiday romance” for me as I tend to prefer my Christmas stories a bit more on the fairytale side. However, this year  I picked up something a bit different with Christmas Where They Belong by Marion Lennox (from 2014). Though at times a very dif ...

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Patience for Christmas

I love novellas at Christmas - the length is just right for one evening, when you steal a couple hours away from holiday madness to breathe and remember what you’re in the season for. I try new ones every year, but only the chosen few make it to my annual re-read list. Patience for Christmas has t ...

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Dance All Night

I'm a sucker for hero in pursuit stories and Alexis Daria has pushed all the right buttons for me in her new novella, Dance All Night. It's part of the Dance Off series but takes place away from the show, with a holiday theme and two people who love dance who find themselves falling in love with eac ...