The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow

Some books open with a bang, plopping the reader down into the height of drama. Others open with a whimper, showcasing the normal and rosy lives of their characters. The Cottage of New Beginnings, author Suzanne Snow's debut novel, opens with an illegally parked car and some miscommunication. It's somewhere between the two extremes and, … Continue reading The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow

Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland

Christmas is always a busy time for Carly's Cupcakes, and no one knows that better than Carly herself. But this year, the stress is really piling on. Her sister and coworker, Bethany, feels like a failure, and the strain is having a disastrous effect on their decadent desserts. And while she wishes she could help … Continue reading Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland

The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe

Rosemary and Eugene Johnson seem to have the perfect life, but the Christmas season serves as a stark reminder that their house is empty of the children they've always wanted. This year, their world is further rocked by news that Rosemary will have to undergo emergency surgery. Eugene just wishes he could do something—anything—to make … Continue reading The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe

A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis

Kindergarten teacher Mary Margaret Sneed always liked to dance, but she never thought she'd be dancing in a burlesque show. However, after the death of her husband leaves her responsible for his severe gambling debt, she doesn't have a lot of options. So when night falls, she dons her wig, her mask, and struts across … Continue reading A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis

Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard

Nina Fleet is happy to welcome a troupe of Shakespearean performers into her bed and breakfast—mostly because she didn't realize Harry Westcott, her sometimes enemy, serves as their director. As the campy group settles in, though, Harry quickly becomes the least of her worries. Backstage drama, personal squabbles, and a series of pranks regularly derail … Continue reading Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

What do you get when you cross a group of libertarians intent on eliminating government, a small New Hampshire town with seemingly plenty of space for new residents, a steadily increasing bear population, and doughnuts? One of the best books of the year. Quirky characters. Furry animals. A woodsy backdrop. A Libertarian Walks Into a … Continue reading A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn

Summer Merriweather thought she was done with Brigid's Island, North Carolina. Embarrassed by her mom's beach-read themed bookstore, she's spent her adult life toiling in real literature and building up her reputation as a Shakespeare scholar. However, when her mother, Hildy, dies of a suspected heart attack, Summer rushes back to the island for the … Continue reading Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn

Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker

Everyone in Lake Potawatomi knows Teddie St. John. Though to be fair, everyone knows everyone in tiny Lake Potawatomi. However, as a cozy mystery author and expert baker with a penchant for stylish scarves, Teddie has certainly found her own way to stand out. Unfortunately, after losing one of those scarves at a book signing … Continue reading Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker