I just loved these two Christmas audiobooks. Both are very heartwarming and are set in a small town.
Home Sweet Christmas
Series: Wishing Tree #3
by Susan Mallery
Publication Date October 4, 2022
Published by HQN Books
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Genres: Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge
"The perfect holiday confection."—Booklist
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery comes a witty and heartfelt story of two friends who unexpectedly find the person-and the place in which-they belong this Christmas.
With twinkling humor and heartfelt Christmas spirit, two friends find love in a town called Wishing Tree…
Until Camryn Neff can return to her “real” life in Chicago, she’s in Wishing Tree to care for her twin sisters. She’s not looking for forever love, not here. But handsome hotelier Jake Crane is a temptation she can’t resist, so she suggests they pair up for the season. No golden rings, no broken hearts. At his side, she sees her hometown through Christmas-colored eyes. The cheer is cheerier, the joy more joyful. She thought she had put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.
New in town, River Best is charmed by Wishing Tree’s homespun traditions and warmhearted people. When she’s crowned Snow Queen, she’s honored but wary. Dylan Tucker, her king, seems like the stuff of sugarplum dreams, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something big. As they perform their “royal” duties—tasting cookies, lighting trees—Dylan’s good humor and melty kisses draw her to the brink of love. But she can’t let herself fall until she uncovers his secret, even if her lack of faith means losing him forever.
Home Sweet Christmas by Susan Mallery is the second book in her popular Wishing Tree series. It’s Christmassy, emotional, and heartwarming and just what I wanted for the Christmas season.
Wishing Tree is a heartwarming town full of Christmas cheer. Home Sweet Christmas follows two couples as they each find their happily ever after. Camryn returned to Wishing tree to care for her twin sisters after their mother passed away, but once they graduate from high school, Camryn can’t wait to return to Chicago and her big city life. She meets hotelier Jake Crane, and there is instant chemistry. They both agree to date with no strings until she can return to Chicago.
River best is new in town and is falling in love with the small-town charm of Wishing Tree. She is elected as the snow queen and meets Dylan Tucker who is the Snow King. River and Dylan must work together during the holiday season to represent the snow king and queen during the various holiday events of Wishing trees.
Susan Mallery knows how to write a heartwarming holiday story, and Home Sweet Chrismas doesn’t disappoint. These characters are all ones I would like to know and I was rooting for all of them to find their own HEAs. I liked that this was two love stories in one, and it made the book fly by.
I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Tanya Eby. She did a wonderful job of narrating this holiday book and kept the up holiday spirit with her narration.
Resting Scrooge Face
by Meghan Quinn
Publication Date November 29, 2022
Published by Amazon Original Stories
Narrator: Carly Robins, Aaron Shedlock
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge
From USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author Meghan Quinn comes a festive short romance about old flames and mistaken identities.
After a bad breakup, Nola wants nothing to do with Christmas, especially in her quaint hometown of Bright Harbor, Maine. Infuriatingly charming and cheery, Nola’s surroundings only worsen her sour mood.
To make matters worse, Caleb, the boy who broke her heart years ago, is all grown up and still living in town. While doing her best to avoid him, Nola bumps into the local mailman, who gives her a mysterious letter. And when she finds that the writer is a fellow Scrooge, she can’t help but feel her spirit lifting.
Nola writes back to her new pen pal—who, unbeknownst to Nola, is none other than Caleb. When Caleb gets a response hand delivered by the mailman, he’s intrigued by the mystery sender. A friendly correspondence develops—and quickly turns flirtatious.
Although Nola and Caleb claim they can’t stand each other, they can’t deny the simmering attraction that brought them together in the first place.
Can these nameless pen pals write their own love story—or will they be too caught up with the ghosts of their Christmases past to find a future together?
Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn is a delightful Christmas novella that features two characters who have lost the holiday spirit.
Resting Scrooge face empolys one on my favorite tropes, the epistorly trope, where the couple start to fall in love over letters. Nola is recovering from a bad breakup and wants nothing to do with Christmas this year. Caleb is the man who broke her heart when they were both a lot younger. The Bright Harbor mailman is the one who passes the notes between them and as they exchange notes about how much they dislike Christmas, eventually the notes become more flirtatious. What will happen when Nola and Caleb realize who they are writing to?
This short sweet story didn’t take long to listen to, but it was packed with a heartwarming story that made me smile. The characters were charming and I enjoyed their notes and banter.
Carly Robins and Aaron Shedlock were the narrators and both made me feel these characters are talking directly to me.
Both Home Sweet Home and Resting Scrooge Face count towards my 2022 Audiobook Challenge.
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