today’s book: mistletoe menagerie by janine rosche
Christmas is still 31 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 free novella that kicks off a new series – with a post from the author on a special Christmas tradition plus an awesome giveaway!
SERIES: Madison River Romance #0.5
AUTHOR: Janine Rosche
GENRE: Contemporary / Christmas Romance (Clean)
On Christmas Eve, Sage Matthews races through the city zoo, desperate to honor the tradition she shared with her deceased mother. Yet a simple train ride beneath twinkling lights isn’t enough to quell the ache in her heart for the kind of Christmas she used to know. As she grieves, the last person she expects to see at the helm of the zoo festivities is her childhood crush.
Growing up, Luke Tennison never had any Christmas traditions, let alone a family to share them with. Now, as the assistant general manager at the zoo and a widower, he counts down the days until the strings of lights dim and the tinsel disappears. When he approves a last-minute request for the zoo to host children from a foster home on Christmas morning, he asks Sage for help, in hopes it may bring a smile not only to the kids, but to the once-joyful girl he used to know.
Together Sage and Luke spend the midnight hours wandering through the sleeping zoo and preparing a magical and merry menagerie that the children will never forget. But with heavy snowfall threatening to close the roads, they’ll need a miracle, or all their efforts will be for naught.
how do i get this goodness on my e-reader?
Mistletoe Menagerie is the first story in the Madison River Romance series. It is available free for a limited time to newsletter subscribers through her website www.janinerosche.com.and includes a sneak peek of her debut novel, This Wandering Heart (Penguin Random House, May 2020).
christmas next door
As a child, my favorite part of the holiday preparations occurred once the last ornament had been hung on the Christmas tree. The placing of the doves. I’d watch with inexplicable reverence as my father set these pretty white birds on a high bough as if they were watching over us for the season.
Doves have long been a symbol of peace, but I was too young to understand that. All I knew was that none of my friends had fake birds on their Christmas trees. It was something unique to my family, and also something my parents took very seriously. So one day, I asked my father what was so special about these little birds, with their Styrofoam bodies and artificial feathers.
“Every time someone in our family goes up to heaven, we remember them at Christmas this way,” he’d said. He’d further explained how each particular dove represented individual family members, most of whom had passed away before I was born.
Now as an adult, the placing of the doves on the tree continues to be my favorite holiday tradition. My husband and I have doves for our grandparents, the babies who never made it from my womb to my arms, and even my father, who taught me the tradition in the first place.
Christmastime traditions have a spectacular way of linking us to both the past and the future, don’t they? Beyond that, these traditions often bind us, at least momentarily, to our lost loved ones by reminding us of the memories we once shared.
In my brand-new novella, Mistletoe Menagerie, Sage Matthews would give anything to relive the tradition she shared with her mother who has just recently passed away: a train ride through the zoo’s Christmas lights. The only problem is in her grief, she’s waited too long. It’s Christmas Eve, and the zoo has just closed, its train pulling into the station for the final time. Only Luke Tennison, her childhood crush and the assistant director at the zoo, has the power to fulfill this wish.
Growing up, Luke never had any Christmas traditions, let alone a family to share them with. Now a widower, he counts down the days until the strings of lights dim, and the tinsel disappears. But Sage had once unknowingly helped him in a dark time, and he’s happy to help her now.
When he approves a last-minute request for the zoo to host a group of foster children on Christmas morning, he asks Sage for help, in hopes it may bring a smile not only to the kids but to the once-joyful girl he used to know.
Together Sage and Luke spend the night wandering through the sleeping zoo and preparing a whimsical and merry menagerie that the children will never forget. Yet as something new develops between them and a snowstorm threatens to ruin all their hard work, they both wrestle with what it means to honor the loved ones they’ve lost while moving forward.
When Christmas morning dawns, will the skies and roads clear for the children’s visit? And for Sage and Luke, will their sorrow and fear yield to the hope of newfound love?
What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into each of her rustic romance novels in the Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.
Janine Rosche is offering one of my readers an awesome Christmasy prize pack (US only)! (1) winner will receive a plaid blanket scarf, Willow Tree “Soar” figurine, a set of 8 Willow Tree “Soar” greeting cards, and a $10 Starbucks gift card (Value $60)
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What about you? What interests you most about Mistletoe Menagerie? What’s one of your favorite Christmas traditions?