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 Bethany sort her life out, Carly’s got pressing issues of her own. Her best friend, Liam, is finally returning to Whitsborough Bay and this is supposed to be the year she finally tells him just how she feels about him … if she can work up the courage. As the snow starts falling, can she sort out her family issues and love life in time for a truly merry Christmas?

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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 her recuperation easier. So when he suddenly remembers Ethel Perkins, the woman who practically raised him, he reaches out to discover what she’s been doing all these years. He finds the same hardworking, determined woman from his youth, though maybe a little more tired than he remembers. But then, she is balancing work with raising a group of grandchildren … While Ethel looks at the offer to take care of Rosemary as a blessing, both families have the chance to offer something miraculous to the other.

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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 the stage as Foxy Roxy. The only problem? She might be a little too good at her new job. As word spreads about the stunning new show, more locals begin turning up at the club, including her crush, Mayor Kevin Hadley. The last thing either of them needs is a scandal, and Kevin knows he should be settling down with someone safe and lowkey—someone like Mary Margaret. But he just can’t stop thinking about Roxy. With a little outside push, though, they each might get exactly what they want in time for Christmas.

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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 rehearsals. However, the production is stopped cold when the lead actor is found murdered. But the show must go on, and it’s up to Nina to find the killer among a reticent cast before she’s forced to make an untimely exit herself.

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Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson

If the Buchanan sisters can agree on one thing, it’s their love for Juniper Inn. Their childhood memories are filled with them baking cookies, playing in the snow, and having fun with their dear Aunt Sassy. So when each receives a letter from Sassy, asking them to spend one last Christmas with her, how can they say no? However, a lot has changed in the fifteen years since they last visited the inn—and not always for the better. Though their reunion stirs up old drama and new feelings, with family, love, and a hint of Christmas magic, each sister might just realize exactly what they need in their lives.

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Love Me Like You Do by Aimee Brown

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, but when her fiance leaves her at the alter, Parker walks right out the door … and straight into traffic. Thank goodness Liam, a good-looking stranger with a southern twang, was there with his Jeep. Sure, he wasn’t exactly planning on whisking a woman in a wedding dress off to the emergency room, but Liam feels strangely taken by her—and she might just feel the same way about him. If the two can navigate broken hearts and guarded pasts, they just might turn a chance encounter into a beautiful future.

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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.

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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 funeral with plans to leave as soon as possible. But while looking through her inherited bookshop with thoughts of selling, Summer comes across a note: “Sell the bookstore or die.” Could Hildy have actually been murdered? Summer quickly discovers there are more than a few possible suspects, and she’ll have to crack the case unless she wants to become the starring character in a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

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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 for famed author Tavish Bentley, she soon finds it wrapped around the strangled neck of Tavish’s fiancée. With no other immediate evidence, Teddie’s name goes right to the top of the list of suspects. Unless she wants to end up as the mistaken villain in her own story, she’ll have to draw investigative inspiration from her novels, clear her name, and catch the real killer.

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Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon

When her grandmother, affectionately known as Grans, needs help getting a local food bank in working order, Mia Malone jumps at the chance to return to return to Magic Springs, Idaho. While the trip’s worth it to just be part of something worthwhile, Mia also has to admit it’s nice spending time in a community full of magic. A place where she can be around others who share her abilities. However, after she uncovers the body of a powerful warlock, Dorian Alexander, while stocking produce, Mia is going to have to use more than a spell to find the killer. And she’ll need to be quick, because Grans is the prime suspect.

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