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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from The Book Review! + A Kick Off to the Holiday Season with Linda Lael Miller's Christmas in Mustang Creek

To all my readers and followers:

I would just like to take a moment to thank each one of you for sticking with me on this journey. Book Blogging can be very rewarding, but also challenging.  There are so many blogs to choose from and having a loyal group of readers is something I am very, very thankful for.

Here's hoping you all have a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

During the holiday season, The Book Review is planning to feature at least  one holiday themed novel each week.  Some new releases and some classics too. 

To kick of the holiday season, here is the first featured holiday novel you might consider escaping into this year.

Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit. she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online.

Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County, #4)Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christmas at Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller is a 2015 HQN publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This light and charming story is exactly what you want from a holiday read.

Charlotte- aka- Charlie is a city girl through and through. She has a career in advertising, lives in New York, and loves the hustle and bustle of city life. So when her boyfriend, Jaxon, makes the decision to leave the city, she can't see herself adapting to small town country living. So, sadly they go their separate ways….

But, as fate would have it, Charlie gets laid off from her job and discovers the aunt who raised her like a daughter, is having some health problems. So, Charlie heads back home to Mustang Creek to care for her aunt. But, wouldn't you know it… her 'young man' Jax is the new veterinarian in town.

Charlie moves back into her childhood home with her aunt's mysterious friend, Mrs. Klozz, positive her stay in Mustang Creek is only temporary. But, Charlie never stood a chance with Jax, her aunt, Mrs. Klozz and a few delightful and adorable pets,working double time to persuade Charlie she could have all she ever wanted in Mustang Creek.

As the holiday season approaches, warm and fuzzy, light and easy romances are always on the menu. This story should put you in the holiday spirit with snow, skiing, pets, wonderful homemade meals and cookies, with just a touch of magic thrown in.

I enjoy the big city versus the small town trope, but I also like a story that demonstrates making the best of what you have, sort of like making lemonade out of life's lemons. Charlie just needed to consider her options, and stop looking at her situation with blinders on. Compromise is always the key and this story proves it works, but might need a lot of patience and love to pull it off.

Any story that features pets will always rate high with me and this one has its fair share of cute fur babies to up the sweetness meter a few notches.

There is nothing too deep or overly dramatic, and it's pretty much standard holiday fare, but the dialogue stands out more with this story, written by a seasoned author, and I loved the touch of whimsy and magic, with Mrs. Klozz coming through for Charlie and Jax.

Cute story, recommended to fans of this author and to romance lovers looking to get a jump start on their holiday reading.







As the daughter of a town marshal, Linda has come home to the western lifestyle that gave birth to one of today’s most successful authors. She left Washington years ago and pursued her wanderlust, living in Arizona and London and traveling the world. Now the author of more than 100 novels, the “First Lady of the West” is glad to be back home, writing contemporary and historical stories that have earned her awards and placements on all the national bestsellers lists.

Linda traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she sold FLETCHER’S WOMAN in 1983 to Pocket Books. Since then, Linda has successfully published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, and thrillers before coming home, in a literal sense, and concentrating on novels with a Western flavor. For her devotion to her craft, the Romance Writers of America awarded her their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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