Friday, September 23, 2022

Seams Like Murder by Dorothy Howell

 Seams Like Murder
Book Summary

Dorothy Howell returns to the Kensington Cozy Mystery program with the first in a new crafting cozy series focusing on the members of a Sewing Studio.

Abbey Chandler needs a new start and a place to escape, so Hideaway Grove, where she spent her childhood summers, seems like a perfect choice. Once there, she takes up a rewarding new hobby—but also gets tangled up in a hit-and-run homicide . . .

Abbey has barely arrived in the quaint, quiet town of Hideaway Grove before things turn from blissful to bloody—as the new librarian is mowed down by a car. The only witness on the scene isn’t much help, aside from handing Abbey the bag of books dropped by the victim. Even worse, the sheriff’s office seizes Abbey’s car because of a suspicious dent in the right front fender.
 
While she waits for the problem to be sorted out, Abbey is drawn into a charity sewing project—even though she can’t tell a bobbin from a seam ripper. Before she knows it, she’s graduating from pillowcase dresses to aprons, setting up a studio in a back room of her aunt’s bakery, and making plans to participate in the upcoming craft fair.
 
But through it all, she keeps looking for patterns and possible conflicts in the late librarian’s personal, professional, and romantic life. Then a shocking discovery sends her in a new direction, and as the truth begins to unspool, she’s got a notion about who’s guilty . . .
My Thoughts

Abbey Chandler arrives in Hideaway Grove where she spent summers as a child with her Aunt Sarah.  Her life in Los Angeles went awry and Abbey needed a place that was peaceful.  Unfortunately, Abbey’s peace is short lived when the town librarian is run down in the alley behind Sarah’s bakery.  Sheriff Grumman does not believe the eyewitness that Iris, the librarian, was deliberately hit.  He focuses on Abbey who has a suspicious dent on her car which results in him having her car towed away to be examined.  The only way to get her car back and clear her of suspicion is to investigate.

Seams Like Murder by Dorothy Howell is the debut of A Sewing Studio Mystery series.  I found the story easy to read.  While we get to know some details about our main character, I felt the others lacked development.  The story is told in the first person which has readers privy to all of Abbey’s thoughts (the job in LA, bakery smells good, when will she get her car back, and the hunky deputy sheriff is so cute).  The pacing of the story picks up late in the second half when Abbey begins questioning people.  The whodunit was straightforward.  A woman is run over in an alley.  Sheriff Grumman believes it is an accident despite the statement from the eyewitness.  He does believe her when she tells him it was a white car which has him focusing on Abbey’s car.  I found this baffling since she was new to town, did not know the victim, and was inside the bakery at the time of the incident.  The rude and idiotic Sheriff Grumman then impounds Abbey’s car without a warrant (I know it is fiction but come on).  Identifying the killer is a cinch.  There might as well as been a neon arrow with killer on it pointing at the person.  The why was easy to deduce.  Abbey went around asking questions.  All the pieces come together for Abbey in the end.  

I did feel there was a little too much romance.  I wish the author had let Abbey and Zach (the deputy sheriff) become friends and then as the series progresses work towards romance.  Instead, Abbey finds him attractive, her heart beats faster at the sight of him, his touch sends zings through her system, and so on. There is some repetition as well as some mild foul language.    There was a lot of focus on pillowcase dresses which were being made for children in Africa (Little Dresses for Africa).  It was interesting learning about the cause and how the dresses are assembled.  There are instructions and tips at the end of the book.  Seams Like Murder is a crafty cozy with a plowed down librarian, a disagreeable sheriff, scrumptious cookies, a sewing studio, a confiscated car, a striking deputy sheriff, darling dresses, and a fun festival. 

Seams Like Murder will be out on Tuesday, September 27 and it can be preordered from Amazon*.  You can find Dorothy Howell's other novels here.  Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by and read my latest book review.  I will return on Monday with The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard.  It is the second book in the Paradise Valley series.  I hope that you have a relaxing weekend.  I am working on the final plans for my outdoor Halloween displays.  I am missing one of my key inflatables (lost in the mail).  I am hoping it will be found and arrive in time (I doubt it, but you never know).  Do you have plans for your weekend?  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day, and Peggy Ehrhart

  Christmas Scarf Murder

Book Summary

Stocking stuffers like handknit scarves make the coziest of Christmas gifts—unless they’re used as accessories for murder!
CHRISTMAS SCARF MURDER by CARLENE O’CONNOR

When grinchy thefts steal the good cheer at a local nursing home, Siobhan O’Sullivan manages to identify one missing item before Kilbane, Ireland’s Christmas tractor parade—a hideous shamrock scarf wrapped around a very dead body. Now, with her holiday farmhouse bash approaching, Siobhan must dash to stop a deadly Secret Santa from gifting another unwanted surprise.
SCARFED DOWN by MADDIE DAY

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas at Pans ‘N Pancakes, as twelve days of menu specials dazzle hungry locals. But the festivities go cold the instant a diner dies while knitting a brilliant green scarf. With Aunt Adele tied into a murder investigation, it’s all on Robbie Jordan to find out who’s really been naughty or nice in South Lick, Indiana.
DEATH BY CHRISTMAS SCARF by PEGGY EHRHART

Suspects pile up faster than New Jersey snow when frosty-tempered Carys Walnutt is found strangled by a handmade scarf auctioned at Arborville’s tree-lighting ceremony. Between a winning bidder hiding behind the alias “S. Claws” and a victim who deserved coal in her stocking, can Pamela Paterson and the crafty Knit and Nibble ladies freeze a killer’s merry murder plot?
 My Thoughts

Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day, and Peggy Ehrhart contains three cute holiday themed cozy mysteries.  All three stories are well-written and fit nicely into their respective series.  I like how the Christmas scarf theme fit into each story.  I thought Maddie Day had a clever method of murder.  I wish there had been more investigating by Robbie Jordan in Scarfed Down.  It was nice to catch up with Robbie, Abe, Sean, Adele, and the others. It was cute how Robbie and her staff were making dishes to go with The Twelve Days of Christmas.  I like how Robbie was reading a new book by Becky Clark from A Crossword Puzzle Mysteries. The Christmas scene at the end was sweet.  There is plenty of Christmas cheer in all three novellas. 

I enjoyed the first two stories more than Death by Christmas Day Scarf by Peggy Ehrhart.  There are so many characters introduced in the beginning of the tale.  I felt that the main character did not stand out especially with next to her dynamic best friend.  The mystery was okay, but I find the way it was solved a little odd.  Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O’Connor had an interesting mystery along with Christmas fun.  It is a lively story which I liked.  I like how the whodunit came together in the end.  It can be read as a standalone along with Scarfed Down.  I believe Death by Christmas Day Scarf is better for those who are familiar with A Knit and Nibble MysteriesChristmas Scarf Murder has three charming Christmas cozies with sweater weather, festooned trees, wonderful waffles, copious knitting, a couple of curious crimes, and cheerful Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Scarf Murder will be out on Tuesday, September 27 and it can be preordered from Amazon*.  You can find Carlene O'Connor's other novels here.  Maddie Day is a non de plume for Edith Maxwell.  The eleventh A Country Store Mystery is Four Leaf Clever which comes out January 24, 2023.  You can find Edith Maxwell's books here.  Peggy Ehrhart has the ninth A Knit and Nibble Mystery titled Irish Knit Murder publishing February 21, 2023.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Next time I am featuring Seams Like Murder by Dorothy Howell. It is the debut of A Sewing Studio Mystery series.  I hope that you have a joyful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Berry the Evidence by Peg Cochran

 Berry the Evidence
Book Summary

An unscrupulous realtor pays the ultimate closing costs in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery from USA Today bestselling author Peg Cochran!

Autumn is settling in on Cranberry Cove, but things are starting to heat up when Monica’s stepmother shows up at her back door gripped by panic. Gasping out an explanation, she tells Monica she’d been dozing in her realtor’s car when he was shot dead. Refusing to alert the police for fear that the killer will target her next—or that the police will consider her their prime suspect—Monica’s stepmother goes mute, and Monica decides to track down the culprit herself to clear her name and keep her safe.
Frozen Cranberry Bog
Finding the killer won’t be so easy, though, as the victim had run afoul of buyers, sellers, and even other realtors at one time or another, and it seems that nearly everyone in the small town had a reason to want him dead. Even more puzzling is that the deeper Monica digs into the background and final days of the victim, the more the clues point to her stepmother. Then a second body is found, and Monica realizes she’s going up against a devious killer who will stop at nothing to put everyone involved out of commission . . .

Includes a mouthwatering muffin recipe!

My Thoughts

Berry the Evidence by Peg Cochran is the seventh A Cranberry Cove Mystery.  Each book can be read as a standalone.  I have enjoyed reading the series in order because it allowed me to see the changes that have occurred in Monica’s life.  Monica is happily married to Greg, and she is expecting their first child.  She has hired a new baker to replace Kit Turner who will be running the new café in Greg’s bookstore Book ‘Em.  Monica’s mother is in town and helping her in the farm kitchen (making delectable cranberry muffins, salsa, cookies, and other goodies).  Monica is surprised when Gina burst into her home.  Gina was with her realtor, Richard “Rip” Taylor in his Jaguar waiting to see if they received a response to her bid on a home.  She fell asleep in the car and when she awakened the realtor was dead.  Instead of calling the police, Gina panicked and ran.  Gina refuses to contact the police.  She is afraid they will suspect her or worries the killer will come after her.  Monica is left with no choice but to dive into the case.  There is humor scattered throughout the story.   I like Peg Cochran’s writing style.  I find it light and friendly.  The characters are developed and relatable.  There are some quirky characters like Gina. 

The mystery took us on a journey around Cranberry Cove.  We follow Monica as she works to uncover who killed Rip and why.   She soon learns that Rip was not a good guy which opens up the suspect list.  There are clues to help the reader solve the crime. It depends on your sleuthing level on whether you solve early or are surprised by the killer’s identity.  The reveal was suspenseful with a smidgin of humor.  The story ends with the opening of the café in Book ‘Em.  I had to laugh at Monica’s reaction that people in town knew about her pregnancy.  I do not know how she expected it to stay a secret after telling certain people.  Readers are left with a few unanswered questions, but we will have to wait for the next installment to get the answers (will Greg and Monica have a boy or girl, will Monica’s mother stay in town, will Monica’s new employee work out).  We also have Jeff and Laura’s wedding to look forward to as well as the building of Greg and Monica’s new home.  I enjoyed my time in Cranberry Cove and I look forward to reading the next installment.  Berry the Evidence is a cute cozy with a meddling mother, pregnancy sleepiness, lovable fur babies, tasty cranberry treats, a stepmom problem, a murdered realtor, a candle get together, and a cozy new café.  

Berry the Evidence is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other six A Cranberry Cove Mysteries here.  You can follow Peg Cochran on Amazon to receive an email when she has a new book release.  I appreciate you stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day, and Peggy Ehrhart which comes out Tuesday, September 27.  I am off to see if I can find some space to store more Halloween inflatables (I cannot help myself).  I also have begun obtaining the ones for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I have an 11' tall archway in red and white with nutcrackers for Christmas.  I have not decided what I will have through the arch (maybe Santa in his sleigh).  I really wish my yard was bigger.  My ideas are bigger than the space I have available.  I am hoping that when I begin decorating and the neighbors stop by to comment (they always do) that I might convince them to decorate (I have plenty of inflatables and other items--zombie hands for example).  I hope that you have a fun day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Amanda Flower

 Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Book Summary

Emily Dickinson and her housemaid, Willa Noble, realize there is nothing poetic about murder in this first book in an all-new series from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author Amanda Flower.

January 1855 Willa Noble knew it was bad luck when it was pouring rain on the day of her ever-important job interview at the Dickinson home in Amherst, Massachusetts. When she arrived late, disheveled with her skirts sodden and filthy, she'd lost all hope of being hired for the position. As the housekeeper politely told her they'd be in touch, Willa started toward the door of the stately home only to be called back by the soft but strong voice of Emily Dickinson. What begins as tenuous employment turns to friendship as the reclusive poet takes Willa under her wing. 
Tragedy soon strikes and Willa's beloved brother, Henry, is killed in a tragic accident at the town stables. With no other family and nowhere else to turn, Willa tells Emily about her brother’s death and why she believes it was no accident. Willa is convinced it was murder. Henry had been very secretive of late, only hinting to Willa that he'd found a way to earn money to take care of them both. Viewing it first as a puzzle to piece together, Emily offers to help, only to realize that she and Willa are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse that reveals corruption in Amherst that is generations deep. Some very high-powered people will stop at nothing to keep their profitable secrets even if that means forever silencing Willa and her new mistress....
About the Author
Photo taken by David M. Seymour 2022
Amanda Flower is the USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author of over forty novels, including the nationally bestselling Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, Magical Bookshop Mysteries, and, written under the name Isabella Alan, the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries. Flower is a former librarian, and she and her husband, a recording engineer, own a habitat farm and recording studio in Northeast Ohio. Learn more online at www.amandaflower.com.
My Thoughts

Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Amanda Flower is the debut of An Emily Dickinson Mystery series.  The author takes us back to 1855 in Amherst, Massachusetts where Willa Noble gets a position as a maid in the Dickinson household.  Not long after she begins her new position, Willa learns that her younger brother, Henry is dead.  The police are calling it an accident, but Willa does not believe it.  Willa receives Henry’s diary from his friend at the livery.  When she reads it, Willa knows that Henry was murdered.  Emily Dickinson believes they should look into Henry’s death.  The pair team up to learn the truth.  The author’s vivid descriptions bring Amherst to life as well as Washington, D.C.   I especially enjoyed the depictions of the Washington Monument and Mount Vernon.  The Dickinson family travels to Washington to visit their father and Emily brings Willa along. 

I thought the story was well-written with developed characters.  I did find it to be a slow-moving story.  I can tell the author did her research for this story.  The story does include the subjects of slavery, differences between social classes, and gender roles.  The mystery was nicely laid out.  There are a couple of suspects, misdirection, and good clues.  I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up the whodunit.  I was able to solve the mystery early on.  However, it was interesting following Willa and Emily’s investigation to see what information they would uncover.  I did find this book to be very different from the author’s other novels.  It is missing the lighthearted humor that is normally present in Amanda Flower’s stories.  Because I Could Not Stop for Death is a dark tale with a departed brother, a revealing diary, a threatening note, a helpful employer, tasty strawberry ice cream, a trip by train, and a revealing arrest.

Because I Could Not Stop for Death is available from Amazon*.  Amanda Flower has Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous coming out on December 27.  It is the latest tale in An Amish Matchmaker Mysteries.  You can follow Amanda Flower on Amazon and receive an email when she has a new book release.  Thank you for joining me today.  I will return tomorrow to share my thoughts on Berry the Evidence by Peg Cochran.  It is the latest A Cranberry Cove Mystery. The Road to Christmas by Sheila Roberts came out today as well as Anna's Amish Fears Revealed by Tracy Fredrychowski.  I hope that you have a happy day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue

 Steeped to Death

Book Summary

For fans of Laura Childs and Amanda Flowers, it’s teatime in Raven Creek—but a murder at the The Earl’s Study sets the stage for an intoxicating brew of small-town chicanery with a hint of the supernatural.

Phoebe Winchester’s beloved aunt Eudora has a taste for adventure—and a knack for making magical tea. It’s even rumored that she just might be a witch. So when Eudora passes away and leaves everything to her niece—her Victorian mansion, her bookshop/tea store, The Earl’s Study, and one very chubby orange cat named Bob—Phoebe gets more than she bargained for. And she knows she’s in deep when a dead man is found on the shop’s back step, apparently killed while trying to break in.
Two suspects immediately emerge among the townspeople of Raven Creek, Washington. There’s village busybody Dierdre Miller, who seems desperate to buy Eudora’s house, and handsome PI Rich, one of Phoebe’s childhood friends—but how well does she really know him after all these years apart?

Phoebe knows she should leave it to the professionals, but as she starts to dig into the underbelly of Raven Creek, she begins to uncover the truth about Eudora. What’s more, her aunt might not have been the only witch in the family, as Phoebe soon discovers she has unique and unexpected gifts of her own.

Now, it’s just a matter of putting her newfound power to the test and cast a spell that could catch a killer.
My Thoughts

Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue is the debut of A Witches’ Brew Mystery. I like the author’s writing style.  It is casual and friendly which makes the story a breeze to read.  The author took the time to introduce us to Phoebe Winchester who just inherited her Aunt Eudora’s estate.  Phoebe inherited a beautiful Victorian house, a bookshop slash teashop called The Earl’s Study, and a cat named Bob.  She may learn that she has inherited something else from aunt.  The story is set in Raven Creek, Washington which has quaint shops that have a European look.   A dead man is found in the alley outside The Earl’s Study.  Phoebe had seen the victim the previous day with Deirdre Miller who has been a pain in Phoebe’s backside since she arrived.  Phoebe wonders if the man was trying to break into the shop.  If so, what was he after?   Phoebe also wonders why Deirdre is so bent on buying the house.  

Phoebe cannot help but be curious about the crime.  She asks some questions, overhears a few things, and tries to discover what the man wanted.  I found it an easy crime to solve, but I did not mind.  The mystery is wrapped up at the end.  Phoebe uncovers some interesting information during the investigation.  It appears that Aunt Eudora has a secret or two.  Phoebe has a lot to process.   The magical element is nicely done.  It will be interesting to see what else Phoebe will be able to do with her newfound powers.  I am eager for the next book in A Witches’ Brew Mysteries.  There are recipes at the end for the tasty treats mentioned in the story.  Steeped to Death is an enchanting tale with a timely bequest, a tom named Bob, a determined Deirdre, bewildering whodunit, enigmatic events, and bewitching treats.

Steeped to Death is available from Amazon*.  You can follow Gretchen Rue on Amazon so you will receive an email when she has a new book release.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Amanda Flower.  It is the debut of An Emily Dickinson Mystery series.  I had a lovely birthday weekend.  I did get the Vera Bradley bag that I wanted (from their new Harry Potter line).  I like that it has whimsy.  

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Anna's Amish Fears Revealed by Tracy Fredrychowski

Anna's Amish Fears Revealed

Book Summary

Her faith in the Lord has been tried beyond all measure. Can this fearful believer rest secure in God’s protective care for her life?

Anna Byler is paralyzed by fear and anxiety. While the young Amish woman is devastated after Simon Kauffman leaves the Amish community, she finds little comfort in her new relationship with Jesus to fill the void Simon left in her life.

Still wrestling with accepting God’s comforting peace, Anna sets out on a journey to uncover the truth behind Simon’s disappearance and then his untimely return to Willow Springs. But her discovery leads her to question both Simon and God’s ultimate promises.

Can this woman of faith find the courage to have a peace-filled assurance in every aspect of her life?

Anna’s Amish Fears Revealed is the inspirational third book in The Amish Women of Lawrence County series of women’s fiction novels. If you like spiritual explorations, real-life challenges of emotional bravery, and basking in God’s light, then you’ll adore Tracy Fredrychowski’s exploration of hope.

My Thoughts

Anna’s Amish Fears Revealed byTracy Fredrychowski is the third book in The Amish Women of Lawrence County series.  Each book in the series can be read on its own, but you will get the full experience if you read them in order.  The main character, Anna has had difficulties since her fiancé, Simon Kauffman took off a few days before their wedding.  Her fears are now ruling her life.  Stress, worry, doubt, hopelessness, and anxiety cause Anna to have panic attacks when she goes out in public or encounters people in the yarn shop, she owns with her sister.  Anna’s difficulties have worsened since Simon has returned to Willow Springs.  Anna needs to turn her worries over to God and let Him guide her.  Simon has returned to his hometown and plans on becoming a baptized member of the New Order Fellowship.  He has a goal he needs to accomplish within six months and part of his plan includes Anna.  He wants to speak to Anna and explain things to her.  He finds it challenging since she keeps running from him.  As Simon’s mother reminds him, it will happen in God’s timing, not his.  Simon needs to be patient and pray.  

We get to catch up with Emma and Rebecca from the first two books in the series.  The Amish community is divided since some members left the Old Order Amish and joined the New Order Fellowship.  Anna and her siblings worry about their father, but they are unable to speak with him since they were put under the bann for joining the New Order Fellowship. We follow the characters as they work through their troubles with help from family, friends, and God.  We get to see Anna, Simon, and others as they struggle with their faith.  It is hard to be patient and to turn over our worries to Him.  The story shows the importance of having a solid spiritual base, to study The Bible, and the power of prayer.  We also see the value of having a loving family, friends who share your faith, and a caring community.  I like the author’s writing style.  I did feel the pacing was a little slow and there is a repetition of key details.  I did feel the faith message was a little strong (bordering on preachy).  I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up the various storylines.  Anna’s Amish Fears Revealed is an inspirational tale that will touch your heart.

Anna's Amish Fears Revealed will be out on September 20 and it can be preordered through Amazon*.  The other two novels in The Amish Women of Lawrence County are Emma's Amish Faith Tested and Rebecca's Amish Heart Restored.  The next novel in the series is Barbara's Amish Truth Exposed which will be out on February 28, 2023. All the books in the series are available through Kindle Unlimited.  You can find Tracy Fredrychowski's other novels here.  Thank you for joining me today.  I will return on Monday with Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue. It is the debut of A Witch's Brew Mysteries.   I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  It is my birthday this weekend. I know a gift arrived for me earlier in the week (my mother hid it--I hope she remembers where she hid it) and I am eager to open it (I am hoping it is the Vera Bradley bag I want--I gave big hints).  Take care and Happy Reading!


Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson

 A Quilt for Christmas
Book Summary

Christmas should be celebrated with family. But for Vera Swanson, that's not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one--until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help. With her mother seriously ill and her father out of town, Fiona enlists Vera's help, and when she finds out her new neighbor is a quilter, she has a special request--a Christmas quilt for Mama.
Vera will have to get a ragtag group of women together in order to fulfill the request. Between free-spirited artist Tasha, chatty empty nester Beverly, retired therapist Eleanor, and herself, Vera has hopes that Christmas for the Albright family will be merry, after all--and she may find herself a new family of friends along the way.

Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites you to cuddle up this holiday season with this cozy story of giving, forgiving, and a little bit of romance.
My Thoughts

A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson is a charming Christmas novella.  I started reading A Quilt for Christmas, and I did not want to put the book down.  The story has friendly, relatable characters.  I like Melody Carlson’s writing style.  It is engaging and draws the reader into the story.  I really liked the theme of the book.  The various strangers came together to help someone in need.  A little girl wants a special Christmas quilt for her mother.  The various characters work together to create Christmas magic.  They make a difference in a family’s life and in each of their own lives.  The Christmas spirit is at work in this sweet story.  A Quilt for Christmas is about forgiveness, helping others, love, and Christmas.  It is a simple but heartwarming novella.  I look forward to reading Melody Carlson’s latest Christmas book each year.  This Christmas novella is one of my favorites by this author (in the top three).  It is a story that makes you feel good, and put you in the mood for Christmas (with plans to help a few neighbors).  A Quilt for Christmas is an uplifting tale with an unwell neighbor, a daughter’s request, an effective flyer, conflicting characters, a rewarding romance, a gratifying gift, and the Christmas spirit.  


A Quilt for Christmas is available from Amazon*.  Melody Carlson has Second Time Around coming out March 7, 2023.  You can find Melody Carlson's other novels here.  I appreciate you dropping by today and reading my book review.  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on Anna's Amish Fears by Tracy Fredrychowski which releases September 20.  It is the third book in The Amish Women of Lawrence County.  I hope that you have a happy day.  I need to go find a place to stow more Halloween decorations.  Much to my mother's dismay, I obtained some new Halloween inflatables.  I believe every house on my street could have an inflatable and I would still have some leftover.  I do have some extra decorations.  I am going to see if any of my neighbors wish to decorate for Halloween.  I will share pictures once everything is in place.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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