Tuesday, November 01, 2022



Interior designer Allison Miers has recently found her birth family.  She has been wondering her entire life, who her birth family was and if she would ever find them.  She discovered them through a bone marrow donation match.  Allison is now cancer free, thanks to an amazing gift of life from her sister.  Her family has offered Allison a trust fund if she would stay in Louisiana and give their town a chance.  Allison desires a relationship with her new found birth family and so she agrees.  She arrives just in time for the kick off of the Cypress Bayou Christmas Festival.  But the season comes with family drama that she wasn’t really anticipating.  Soon she meets Nick Landry, who happens to be the local mechanic.  As they spend time together, the sparks begin to fly.  Nick has secrets of his own and she isn’t sure he will open up to her.  Will this Christmas be one that will be unforgettable or one that she will want to soon forget? 

I absolutely love this story line.  The thought of an organ donor giving the gift of life to someone they don’t know, and then come to find out that the recipient is a long lost family member, was so heart-warming.   I was immediately captivated from the very first page.  I was immersed and was so enthralled with this book that I didn’t want to put it down.  I had to know what was going to happen next.  I loved the family members, including their drama.  There was something about them that kept me coming back for more.  I completely devoured this phenomenal book, it was inspiring and heart-warming, and not one that I will soon forget.  This story has made me ready to put up the Christmas tree and hang the twinkling lights.  This is a perfect addition to the Louisiana Series, however it can be read as a stand-alone novel, but my suggestion is to read the whole series.  I highly recommend this book, it must be at the very top of your ‘to be read pile’.

Thank you Susan Sands for such an amazing addition to this wonderful series.  I enjoyed it very much, it was truly heart-warming, and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Susan Sands 
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: November 1, 2022 
Pages: 242 
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It’s her first Christmas with her birth family…

Thanks to a bone marrow donation from her newly discovered sister, interior designer Allison Miers has just beat cancer and has been welcomed into her new family, the Bertrands of Cypress Bayou. She’s been curious about her birth family for years, and it seems they’re all trying to make amends for her mother abandoning her—even offering a trust fund if she’ll stay a year and give the town a chance.

As Allison arrives in town amidst preparations for the Cypress Bayou Christmas Festival, she’s quickly overwhelmed by the drama and competition between both sides of her birth families. Local mechanic Nick Landry is the most normal person she’s met so far, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and friendly. Just as Allison starts to wonder if she’s finally found a new home, family, and a man to love, she discovers that Nick—just like both sides of her family—has been keeping his own secrets.

Family is all Allison has ever wanted, but should she listen to her head or her heart this unforgettable Christmas?


A self-described late bloomer, Susan Sands began writing her first novel at age forty. She compares her challenging journey to publication as “raising another child—a difficult one.”

Susan has published five southern, contemporary women’s fiction novels set in Alabama. She describes her humorous small-town stories as fun, romantic, and filled with big family love. Susan also writes authentic place-as-a-character southern fiction with a humorous voice in addition to her Alabama series.

Susan has three grown children and lives with her dentist husband in Roswell, GA. She has a degree in elementary education, is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers, the Romance Writers of America, the Atlanta Writer’s Club,  Womens Fiction Writers of America (WFWA), and the Broadleaf Writers Association. She participates in book festivals, book clubs, and writer’s conferences around the South. Susan is the recipient of the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year award for romance.

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