today’s book: home to chestnut grove by christy barritt
Christmas is still 33 days away according to Google (if we get to Dec 25th and we have days left over, blame Google, not me lol), BUT now ’tis the season when I start craving cozy Christmas reads. (Okay – I crave them all year round but now’s when I can get away with talking about them LOL) This year I’m continuing my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads, and I’m super excited! Christmas books make me happy!
So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your own bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s featured book is a sweet contemporary romance + a post from the author with yummy recipe!!
HOME TO CHESTNUT GROVE
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: River Heights
RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2019
A heartwarming, small-town Christmas story about restoring broken hearts and remembering those you love.
When Faith Winters returns to Chestnut Grove, Virginia, for the community’s annual Christmas celebration, she’s desperate to get in and out as quickly as possible. She’s failed at making it on Broadway and is certain her hometown will never accept her again after her sudden departure eight years ago. Despite that, she’s vowed to honor a promise and face the heartache she left behind.
Jake Whitmire is the sheriff in Chestnut Grove, but keeping the area free of crime is the least of his worries. Most days are filled with trying to keep the community’s spirits up as businesses have closed and jobs disappeared. He never expected to see the woman who broke his heart return home to lead up the town’s Christmas concert, nor is he sure he can ever forgive her.
As someone in town begins sabotaging the community’s celebration, Faith and Jake work together to find the person responsible and ensure their friend Aimee’s last request is fulfilled. Can holiday hope heal the broken spirit afflicting Chestnut Grove residents? Or is it time for everyone—including Faith and Jake—to treasure the memories of the past but to move on?
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Baking: A Christmas Tradition
by Christy Barritt, author of Home to Chestnut Grove
One of my family’s favorite things to do at the holidays is to bake. Every year at Christmastime, we make what we call Preacher Cookies. These delicious treats are easy and oh-so tasty!
In my book, “Home to Chestnut Grove,” the town of Chestnut Grove has a lot of holiday traditions, mostly centered around chestnut-themed treats. Being in the area brings back a lot of nostalgia for the main characters. Just like in real life, food brings sweet memories of different times. Isn’t it amazing how one taste can transport us to our mother’s kitchens.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups white sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix butter or margarine, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and salt together in saucepan.
- Boil for 1 minute.
- Stir in oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla.
- Drop by tablespoonful onto waxed paper.
- Allow to cool and harden.
USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”
Christy, a Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author, writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.
She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.
Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She has more than seventy books published with nearly two million copies sold.
Christy Barritt is offering one of my readers an ebook copy of Home to Chestnut Grove! (open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Home to Chestnut Grove? Have you made Preacher Cookies before?