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Holiday Cheer 2013

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer 2013

At, we've been celebrating the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, we've been spotlighting a book and giving five lucky readers a chance to win it.

Although the contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at this year's featured titles. These are books you'll want to read during the holidays --- and throughout the year as well!

- Click here to see the winners of this year's Holiday Cheer contests.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Romance

January 31, 2012

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Candlelight Christmas: The Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs - Romance

October 29, 2013


Logan O'Donnell is a single father determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O'Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, and one of the guests is Darcy Fitzgerald, a newcomer to Willow Lake. Even though she’s the last person Logan can see himself falling for, and Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas, their two lonely hearts collide.

The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas - Fiction

November 19, 2013


Jessica Lavery, a beautiful London actress, breaks off her romance with Owen Thomas, a poor Welsh coal miner. Broken-hearted, Owen wraps the Christmas angel he made in her likeness in his mother’s shawl and brings her to America. There, she looks down over five generations, witnessing peace and war, triumphs and tragedies, reminding all who see her that Christmas is the time when families and sweethearts can come together.

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews - Fiction

October 13, 2015

Christmas is coming, but Savannah antiques dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted: by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek, and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor, BeBe Loudermilk, is due to give birth any day --- and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry.

A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry - Historical Mystery

November 12, 2013


Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. That all changes in the blink of an eye when a young streetwalker is brought to an exclusive holiday party Claudine is attending and then is allegedly murdered by a charming poet she had befriended. Can she save him from the gallows before Christmas?

The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country by Cindy Woodsmall - Romance

October 15, 2013


When Sadie discovers Levi in a deserted field, he’s been badly injured. As these two Old Order Amish become friends, each finds in the other an ally against their respective families’ desires to see them find a spouse. But as the summer months fade into autumn and snow begins to fall, what happens when they start to truly care?

Death of a Nightingale: A Nina Borg Novel written by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, translated from the Danish by Elisabeth Dyssegaard - Mystery/Thriller

November 5, 2013

When Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman convicted of the attempted murder of her abusive boyfriend, escapes from police custody and desperately tries to locate her daughter in a refugee camp, Nina Borg, a big-hearted Red Cross nurse, comes to her aid. DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE is a chilling tale filled with the dark memories of the Stalinist era.

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout - Biography/Music

November 4, 2014

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century --- and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. A semifinalist for the National Book Award, DUKE peels away countless layers of Ellington’s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about this creative genius.

Morning Glory by Sarah Jio - Fiction

November 26, 2013


Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen - Historical Fiction

April 1, 2014


Frances Osgood’s life is already complicated when she meets Edgar Allan Poe. Admiration, quickly followed by deep attraction, sends the two on a strange journey. Knowing they can’t have what their hearts both want, they deny their love and yet find themselves in a very complicated relationship that neither knows how to get out of --- or if they even want out.

The Returned by Jason Mott - Thriller

March 25, 2014

In their old age, Harold and Lucille have settled comfortably into life without their son, who died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. But then one day, Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep --- still eight years old. All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond. The Hargraves are forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes by Allison and Matt Robicelli - Cookbook

October 17, 2013


ROBICELLI’S, written by popular bloggers Allison and Matt Robicelli, shares unbelievably delicious recipes for decidedly grown-up cupcakes (Chicken ‘n’ Waffles! Fruitcake! Apple Maple Crisp!) alongside edgy, sometimes crass, and unapologetically hilarious stories about the Robicelli’s courtship, their life in Brooklyn, and how they survived working together and falling on hard times. It's a baking book like you've never seen before!

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber - Romance

October 14, 2014

When reporter Carrie Slayton has a chance to take her career to a new level by securing an interview with reclusive survivalist author Finn Dalton in the Alaskan wilderness, she jumps at the chance, never dreaming that she may have to choose between a significant career move and a relationship with the love of her life.

Take Me Home for Christmas: A Whiskey Creek Novel by Brenda Novak - Romance

October 29, 2013


Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter when she learns of her husband's death. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, a suspense writer whose love she once scorned. Ted can't bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time. Or will the season of love and forgiveness bring them both another chance at happiness?

Tuscan Rose by Belinda Alexandra - Historical Fiction

November 19, 2013


From international bestselling author Belinda Alexandra comes a richly woven tale of passion, longing, witchcraft and magic set in Italy during World War II. Filled with “plenty of intrigue, emotion, and bravery, and a few scenes that will remain with the reader for some time” (Booklist), TUSCAN ROSE is perfect to cuddle up with this holiday season.

Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell - Sports/Ethics

July 1, 2014

From the two Wall Street Journal reporters who broke the story at every turn, WHEELMEN is an in-depth look at the history of American competitive cycling through the lens of Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal and dramatic fall from grace, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and a living portrait of what is, without question, the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.