Friday, November 19, 2021



It’s time to unpack the Christmas decorations and begin hanging the lights.  The snow is coming down and Laurel Hanover and her eight year old son, Simon are heading home for Christmas.  They’re going to The Cranberry Inn located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.  Laurel is more than ready for a long overdue break from New York.  She is going to help her father run the Inn for Christmas and make lasting memories with her son.  But when Laurel arrives at the Inn she finds it to be a shambles, and a note that says her father is gone and won’t return until Christmas Eve.  No one seems to know where her father is, and she won’t allow anything to get in the way of Christmas plans with her son.  She hires her childhood friend, Joel Hutcherson who is a carpenter, to help her fix up the Inn.  While spending a lot of time together fixing up the Inn, they don’t see eye-to-eye on the repairs.  But when Joel reveals to Laurel that she was his first crush, she admits that she is falling for him.  Then Laurel discovers the real reason her father disappeared and she can’t help but wonder if Joel has known the truth since the beginning.  

This wonderful Christmas story is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.  This sensational escape, will have you wanting to decorate the tree and hang the lights.  I loved this story so much, it had me completely engrossed from the very first page.  The characters were so believable and heartwarming, while the town was charming and inviting.  This magical Christmas read will have you reaching for the hot cocoa and tossing a log on the fire.  I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story of second chances and new beginnings, pure delight.

Thank you Barbara Josselsohn for another wonderful, hopeful and inspirational story.  I enjoyed this sweet, feel-good Christmas story that has all the feels.  I loved everything about this book.  A definite must read cozy romance.  I highly recommend this book.



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author:  Barbara Josselsohn
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 15, 2021 
Pages: 258 
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As twinkling lights go up and snowflakes begin to fall, Laurel Hanover and her eight-year-old son are going home to the Cranberry Inn in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Laurel can’t wait to leave New York behind to help her father run the family business, and make snow angels with her son, even if it’s just for Christmas. But when she walks through the door, she’s shocked to find the inn in disrepair, and a letter saying her father will be gone until Christmas Eve…

No one in town knows where Laurel’s father is, and she doesn’t know whether to be worried or angry – but she won’t let the inn go under, and nothing will get in the way of the perfect Christmas for her son. Seeing the worn-out wooden bannisters, bare of festive lights, she immediately recruits her childhood friend, brooding local carpenter Joel Hutcherson. They might disagree on whether any walls actually need to come down, but each rip in the carpet makes Laurel more concerned for her father, and Joel is a welcome distraction. And when he admits that Laurel was his first crush, she realises she’s falling for him.

But then Laurel uncovers a card with beautiful, ornate writing amongst her father’s things and learns the real reason he disappeared. And it changes everything. Worse still, she thinks Joel knew the truth all along.

Laurel thought this was going to be the perfect Christmas – that maybe she had found her happy. But now there’s nothing to stop her from running back to New York the moment the baubles come down… is there?


Barbara Josselsohn is an award-winning writer who loves crafting stories about strong protagonists facing a fork in the road. Her novels include The Bluebell Girls, The Lilac House, The Last Dreamer, and her newest release, The Lily Garden. She has published hundreds of articles about family, home and relationships in national and regional publications, and also teaches novel writing at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She lives just north of New York City and enjoys escaping to the beach or the mountains whenever she can. Other than writing, her biggest passion is her family: her husband, her three kids, and her indefatigable shih-poo! 

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