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Keeping Christmas

25 Advent Reflections on A Christmas Carol

Allison Pittman

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20 November 2021
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is second only to the nativity story itself when it comes to public consciousness. Just as Jesus Christ changed the world on the night of his birth, so Ebenezer Scrooge changes during a single night of supernatural visitations.

In Keeping Christmas, novelist and Dickens enthusiast Allison Pittman offers 25 readings for advent, seamlessly bringing together the Word of God and the words of A Christmas Carol. This contemplative, entertaining read is the perfect companion for those dark winter nights as we eagerly anticipate the coming celebration of Christmas when, like Scrooge, we are given the gift of reflection, repentance, and life anew.

Beautifully packaged and highly designed throughout, Keeping Christmas is sure to become a treasured family tradition--much like the reading or viewing of A Christmas Carol.
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20 November 2021

A fabulous new Christmas romance for 2021!

Not all festive wishes come true right away – sometimes it takes five Christmases …

Folk singer Cerys Davies left Wales for the South Downs village of Padcock at Christmas, desperate for a new beginning. And she ends up having plenty of those: opening a new craft shop-tea room, helping set up the village’s first festive craft fair, and, of course, falling desperately in love with Lovely Sam, the owner of the local pub. It’s just too bad he’s firmly in the clutches of Awful Belinda …

Perhaps Cerys has to learn that some new beginnings take a while to … well, begin! But with a bit of patience, some mild espionage, a generous sprinkling of festive magic and a flock of pub-crashing sheep, could her fifth Christmas in Padcock lead to her best new beginning yet?

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20 November 2021
Return to Cedar Cove for the holidays! Get cozy with two heartwarming Christmas stories featuring your favorite characters from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s beloved series.

A Cedar Cove Christmas

Very pregnant Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, but her baby’s father isn’t in town. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded and alone. So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. The Hardings have a houseful of guests, but they offer Mary Jo a room over their stable. When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a paramedic named Mack McAfee comes to her rescue. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love

1225 Christmas Tree Lane

Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of promise. But there are a few complications. First, someone left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, and she’s determined to place them in good homes. Then she finds out her daughters have invited their dad, Beth’s long-divorced ex, to come for Christmas. It will be a Christmas full of surprises!
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20 November 2021

Deck the halls and string the garland, it’s time for a ho-ho-ho-holiday bake off!

Eager to elevate her business to a can’t miss tourist attraction in White Pine, Arianna Willis has her heart set on winning the town’s Christmas dessert contest. It really roasts her chestnuts to learn Mark, a chef there on vacation, is attempting to steal that coveted title from her.

Mark Ellison didn’t mean to be the lump of coal in Arianna’s stocking. Having visited her bakery, he knows her talents in the kitchen can’t be denied. Still, coerced into helping out another local business, his competitive streak won’t allow him to submit anything but his very best.

Yet from their rivalry a flurry of attraction begins to form. Will Mark honor his previous commitments, knowing it could hurt Arianna’s bakery? Or will a life with her, in that picturesque small town, become the greatest gift of all?

Fans of sweet, small town romances will fall in love with One Sweet Christmas by Marie Long!

First Kiss at Christmas

Lee Tobin McClain

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20 November 2021
"Lee Tobin McClain's books make my heart sing."--Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author



On the Chesapeake Bay, you don't need mistletoe for the perfect Christmas kiss...



Not many women still have "first kiss" on their Christmas list, but somehow Kayla Harris is permanently in the friend zone with men. So when veteran Tony DeNunzio shows up in her preschool classroom with his nephew, Jax, her focus is solely on helping the troubled little boy adjust. But as Tony takes on a volunteer role at the school, she can't help noticing his softer side is as appealing as his rugged male presence.



Tony will do anything to make Jax's first Christmas without his mom a happy one. And that includes spending more time than is typical with the teacher who's drawn Jax out of his shell. Beautiful and kindhearted, Kayla makes Tony long for family and a happiness he doesn't think he deserves. But with the magic of Christmas in the air, a first kiss might lead them both to a forever love.



The Off Season



Book 1: Cottage at the Beach

Book 2: Reunion at the Shore

Book 3: Christmas on the Coast

Book 4: Home to the Harbor
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20 November 2021
Maybe this Christmas they'll see each other in a brand-new light…

Schoolteacher Bella Hart and her neighbor Sam Anderson are both newcomers to Magnolia, North Carolina, yet they’ve grown to be good friends. But lately she’s noticed a distinct charge in the air when they’re together. Still, from what Bella can see, the attractive and popular firefighter may be more of a good-time playboy than stable-relationship material. Hopefully her plans to spend Christmas back home in Colorado will give the attraction between them time to cool down.

Then Bella's puppy, Tater, is injured days before Christmas, and she decides to stay in town to take care of him. Sam insists that Bella come with him to his Blue Ridge Mountain hometown for Christmas, hoping that Bella might see him in a new light there. But his hopes are dashed as soon as she meets his older brother. On paper, responsible and even-keeled Kyle is perfect for Bella—the exact opposite of a man like Sam.

Good thing Bella doesn’t give a Christmas fig about what looks good on paper. All she wants for Christmas is Sam. And in this season of joy and giving, could her wish possibly be about to come true?
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20 November 2021

Pairing up at Pear Tree Farm in time for Christmas …

Pear Tree Farm in Cornwall, owned by the kind-hearted Nessa Vivian, is known for taking in lost souls, and ex-soldier Crispin Davies is certainly one of those. But the once sleepy caravan park is now a thriving business, and far from the peace and quiet Crispin was craving, he soon finds himself roped into helping out with a short-notice Christmas festival, organised by Nessa’s force-of-nature sister, Lowena.

But despite Crispin’s initial reluctance, his involvement in the festival serves to throw him together with Ashley Spencer, an American woman and fellow lost soul, who works at the nearby Tregereth House. Could Lowena’s ambitious scheme result in a more hopeful Christmas and New Year for them both – with a few surprises along the way?

Sequel to A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm

The New Home

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

Chris Merritt

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28 August 2021

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

 

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

 

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

 

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

 

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…


Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

 

What readers are saying about The New Home:

‘Wow!!! Wow!!!! Wow!!! This book is a total page-turner and will keep you guessing with every page. Halfway through I thought I had it figured out and then BAM! The ending floored me… I just loved this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘A heart-stopping read of determination against all odd… Had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. Hang on for the ride!’ Nicki’s Book Blog


‘This wild ride took me surprise so many times. You think you know what's going on.... Then BAM it’s not what you're thinking!… WOW! Amazing, great, wonderful read!’ @oh.happy.reading, 5 stars

 

‘I absolutely loved this one. I was on the edge of my seat until the last page.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘So very, very good.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

 

What readers are saying about Chris Merritt:

‘I read this within 24 hours, it was that outstanding… An astonishing page-turner.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I literally had shivers down my spine… Phenomenal and exciting!’ Carla Kovach, 5 stars


‘A totally gripping page-turner that crackles with tension – get ready to stay up late!’ Lisa Regan


‘Kept me gripped from start to finish… Gripping and nail-biting, a complete roller-coaster ride.’ The Reading Closet


‘I absolutely loved this book… Kept me on the edge of my seat… Fantastic.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars


‘Utterly Fantastic.’ Carol Wyer


‘One of those books that once you start, you just have to keep on reading no matter how late it is… I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough… Totally absorbing and brilliant thriller.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘This book will have you in its grip and won’t let go until you reach that final page.’ It’s all About Books


‘Compulsive… Enthralling, exhilarating and a thoroughly gripping page-turner.’ Avid Readers Retreat


‘Brilliant!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Kept me hooked right till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘An Incredible book.’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars


‘This is a hell of a read.’ A Knight’s Read


‘Another gripping and twisty book… I keep thinking the last book is my favourite and then the next one comes out and I like it ever better.’ The Enthusiastic Book Worm, 5 stars


‘A thriller you need to finish almost as soon as you begin.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘Another brilliant episode. Five stars from me.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Afterparties

Anthony Veasna So

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28 August 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'So's stories reimagine and reanimate the Central Valley, in the way that the polyglot stories in Bryan Washington's collection Lot reimagined Houston and Ocean Vuong's novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous allowed us to see Hartford in a fresh light.' Dwight Garner, New York Times


'[A] remarkable début collection' Hua Hsu, The New Yorker

A Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club Pick!

Named a Best Book of Summer by: Wall Street Journal * Thrillist * Vogue * Lit Hub * Refinery29 * New York Observer * The Daily Beast * Time * BuzzFeed * Entertainment Weekly


Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tender-hearted, balancing acerbic humour with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship and family.

A high school badminton coach and failing grocery store owner tries to relive his glory days by beating a rising star teenage player. Two drunken brothers attend a wedding afterparty and hatch a plan to expose their shady uncle's snubbing of the bride and groom. A queer love affair sparks between an older tech entrepreneur trying to launch a 'safe space' app and a disillusioned young teacher obsessed with Moby-Dick. And in the sweeping final story, a nine-year-old child learns that his mother survived a racist school shooter.

With nuanced emotional precision, gritty humour and compassionate insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities, the stories in Afterparties deliver an explosive introduction to the work of Anthony Veasna So.

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

‘For fans of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Halle Butler’ LEIGH STEIN, author of Self Care

Emily Austin

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28 August 2021

'The perfect blend of macabre and funny' Buzzfeed, Most Anticipated Books of 2021

'So fundamentally kind that you can feel the warmth coming off each page' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days

Meet Gilda. She cannot stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her anxious mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local church and finds herself abruptly hired to replace the deceased receptionist Grace. It's not the most obvious job - she's queer and an atheist for starters - and so in between trying to learn mass, hiding her new maybe-girlfriend and conducting an amateur investigation into Grace's death, Gilda must avoid revealing the truth of her mortifying existence.

A blend of warmth, deadpan humour, and pitch-perfect observations about the human condition, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration - and the expiration of those you love - is the only certainty.

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16 July 2021
Reading it now. I Will update my rating aftewards

The first book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.

Time Travel meets History in this explosive bestselling adventure series.

'So tell me, Dr Maxwell, if the whole of History lay before you ... where would you go? What would you like to witness?'

When Madeleine Maxwell is recruited by the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research, she discovers the historians there don't just study the past - they revisit it.

But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And she soon discovers it's not just History she's fighting...


Readers love Jodi Taylor:


'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me'

'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun'

'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it'

'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked'

'A tour de force'

Klara and the Sun

Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

Kazuo Ishiguro

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15 July 2021

'This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go . . . tender, touching and true.' The Times


'The Sun always has ways to reach us.'

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

In Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

'Beautiful' Guardian
'Flawless' The Times
'Devastating' FT
'Another masterpiece' Observer

Winter's Orbit

Everina Maxwell

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15 July 2021

A Sunday Times Bestseller!

“Sparks fly” (NPR) in Everina Maxwell’s gut-wrenching and romantic space opera debut.

Prince Kiem, a famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor's least favorite grandchild, has been called upon to be useful for once. He's commanded to fulfill an obligation of marriage to the representative of the Empire's newest and most rebellious vassal planet. His future husband, Count Jainan, is a widower and murder suspect.

Neither wants to be wed, but with a conspiracy unfolding around them and the fate of the empire at stake they will have to navigate the thorns and barbs of court intrigue, the machinations of war, and the long shadows of Jainan's past, and they'll have to do it together.

So begins a legendary love story amid the stars.

Like Ancillary Justice meets Red, White and Royal Blue, Winter’s Orbit is perfect for fans of Lois McMaster Bujold.

“High-pitched noises escaped me; I shouted, more than once, 'Now kiss!' ... in a world so relentlessly uncertain, there’s a powerfully simple pleasure in the experience of a promise kept.” —The New York Times Book Review


At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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01 June 2021
A good classic about time traveling!
Themes: Hi-Lo, adapted classics, low level classics, graphic novel. These literary masterpieces are made easy and interesting. This series features classic tales retold with color illustrations to introduce literature to struggling readers. Each 64-page softcover book retains key phrases and quotations from the original classics. What would it be like to travel thousands of years into the future? How would Earth have changed? Would people have changed too? Step aboard The Time Machine and journey to the year 802,701. Learn how humankind has evolved into two-races one simple and child-like and the other strange and terrifying. Then join the Time Traveler as he travels still further, revealing the final secrets of Earth's future.

Recursion

A Novel

Blake Crouch

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31 May 2021
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most mind-boggling, irresistible work to date, and the inspiration for Shondaland’s upcoming Netflix film.

“Gloriously twisting . . . a heady campfire tale of a novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • NPR • BookRiot

Reality is broken.
 
At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shock wave, unleashed by a stunning discovery—and what’s in jeopardy is not our minds but the very fabric of time itself.
 
In New York City, Detective Barry Sutton is closing in on the truth—and in a remote laboratory, neuroscientist Helena Smith is unaware that she alone holds the key to this mystery . . . and the tools for fighting back.
 
Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront their enemy—before they, and the world, are trapped in a loop of ever-growing chaos.

Praise for
Recursion

“An action-packed, brilliantly unique ride that had me up late and shirking responsibilities until I had devoured the last page . . . a fantastic read.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian

“Another profound science-fiction thriller. Crouch masterfully blends science and intrigue into the experience of what it means to be deeply human.”Newsweek

“Definitely not one to forget when you’re packing for vacation . . . [Crouch] breathes fresh life into matters with a mix of heart, intelligence, and philosophical musings.”Entertainment Weekly

“A trippy journey down memory lane . . . [Crouch’s] intelligence is an able match for the challenge he’s set of overcoming the structure of time itself.”Time

“Wildly entertaining . . . another winning novel from an author at the top of his game.”AV Club