today’s book: like a winter snow by lindsay harrel
Christmas is only 29 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 next featured book is an inspirational contemporary romance re-release between a single mom & the workaholic grandson of the woman she cares for … plus the author shares some sweet Christmas memories (including recipes!)
SERIES: Bayside Treasures #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Christmas Romance
PUBLISHER: Flowing Stream Books
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2019
For these two searching hearts, it will take the love of a community to help heal painful memories and bring them together.
Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.
Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and painful memories from the past, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the holiday season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.
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Snowflake Sweethearts recently released, and I’d love to tell you a bit about the story and share two of my favorite holiday recipes with you.
Snowflake Sweethearts is book three is the Bayside Treasures Series, and it’s set in Fairhaven, Washington, which is the beautiful historic section of Bellingham. I’m originally from Oregon, so I loved writing stories set in the Pacific Northwest! I spent many happy days on the Oregon coast, digging clams, collecting seashells, and exploring tide pools. I included some of those special childhood memories in Snowflake Sweethearts.
The heroine, Annie Romano, is a single mom intent on starting her own business as a personal chef. She is very caring and creative and loves to show love through cooking for her friends, family, and clients. I’m a little like Annie in that way.
Each Thanksgiving and Christmas I enjoy making a Seven-Layer Salad with a decorative top that reflects some event of the last year or something related to our family. Gingersnaps are also a favorite Christmas cookie at our house. I made a batch last week with my five-year-old granddaughter, Sahlor. We had fun cracking the eggs, stirring up the dough, and rolling the cookie balls in sugar. Annie prepares these recipes in Snowflake Sweethearts, and I’m including the link to the recipes so you can try them as well. http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/extras/
I hope you’ll enjoy reading all three books in the Bayside Treasures series: Seeking His Love, A Man To Trust, and Snowflake Sweethearts. They are heartwarming, inspiring, and family and faith focused. Each story has a unique hero and heroine, but the setting, and secondary characters continue through the series. They include a group of senior age friends who are matchmakers for the younger generation and are known around town as the Bayside Treasures.
I hope you’ll stop by my website to learn more about the series and check out those recipes on the Extra Page: http://carrieturansky.com/
Merry Christmas and Happy Reading,
Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of inspirational novels set in Edwardian England and the US. She loves weaving heartwarming tales about family, faith, and lasting love. Her novels have been translated into several foreign languages and enjoyed by readers around the world. Carrie enjoys connecting with reading friends on social media and through her website and blog: http://carrieturansky.com.
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Carrie Turansky is offering one of my readers a copy of Snowflake Sweethearts, print or ebook! (print is US only, ebook 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 Snowflake Sweethearts? What are some recipes you make every Christmas?
My son lives in Bellingham. I make fudge at Christmas.
Hi Jan, that is so fun to hear your son lives in Bellingham, WA. It’s a beautiful area of the country, and Fairhaven is the historic section that has a lot of quaint shops and fun things happening. All three books in the Bayside Treasures Series are set there. I hope you enjoy them!
I love Christmas stories.
Hi Lori, I love Christmas stories too. I especially enjoyed including Thanksgiving and Christmas in Snowflake Sweethearts. It’s a special time of the year!
I love to bake, and always make a few different cookies around the holidays. I also love to make pumpkin bread in the fall season.
Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite recipes too, Patty. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I love Christmas books and baking cookies ?
I like the idea that Annie is not afraid to be a caregiver and moves in to help. I also find that I would like the try the ginger snap recipe. I’ve never made ginger snaps homemade before.
Hi Perrianne, it was nice to see your name pop up! I hope you try this ginger snap recipe. These are soft and chewy. I think it’s the molasses! Yum! Happy Thanksgiving.
I love to make Christmas crack every year. I don’t know what’s it’s really called, but it’s super addictive and made with Rice Chex. ?
Hi Lynette, I’ve heard of Christmas Crack. I’ll have to look up that recipe. The one I’m thinking of was made with a base of saltine crackers, then you pour a buttery caramel over it and then chocolate. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
I like that it is a Christmas story and inspirational too.
Hi Lori, thanks for stopping by! All my books have inspirational themes that I hope will uplift and encourage my readers. This will delves into forgiveness and the importance of your commitment to your family and friends. I’m praying the story will not only entertain but touch hearts and encourage faith. Happy Thanksgiving.
I’m enjoying the story. A good Christmas story to bright your season is the best. My favorite thing to bake durinf Christmas are my pumpkin roll cream cheese filling and thimbprints with boysenberry in the middle. Happy Christmas. Many blessings.
Hi Keren, thumbprint cookies with boysenberry in the middle sounds delicious!
Hi Friends, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about Snowflake Sweethearts and the holidays!
Getting a wonderful Christmas spirit from this one! Cool, happy holidays.
I just love to read Christmas books. Some of my fave recipes for the holidays is baked ham, Southern chicken and dressing, and deviled eggs.
I love Christmas stories! I make sweet potato pie every year.
Beautiful cover. Pumpkin pie.
I enjoy Christmas stories. I always make M & M Cookies for Christmas. They don’t last long 🙂
Sounds like a sweet love story! I used to make sugar cookies and pumpkin bread for Christmas when my kids were at home. i don;t bake now as my husband isn’t much of a eater of sweets and I am trying to lose weight.
mmmm sugar cookies!
I enjoyed the first book in this series. Haven’t had a chance to read the second. I love Christmas stories and Carrie Turansky, so pretty sure I’m gonna enjoy this one!
Snowflake Sweethearts sounds like a sweet Christmas read. I enjoy baking cookies for my family and friends. Thank you
There are a few recipes I make every year. Raspberry Coconut cookies. Ritz cracker sandwiches. Andes Mint cookies. Christmas cake.
Well the story is set in Washington state so that’s always a selling point to me. I love Christmas reads that are full of hope and cheer in the end. I don’t really have regular recipes except for the traditional Christmas meal we make. I like to try out new cookie and dessert recipes during this holiday.
Every Christmas, I make a batch of my grandmother’s peanut butter cornflake cookies.
I love Carrie Turansky’s books. They are always a great read.
Love the cover I love making Peanut Butter fudge!
I love reading Christmas stories! I usually make an assortment of cookies and candies to give to family and friends for Christmas but will definitely have to cut back this year. I also make Amish friendship bread to give away. I have recently had knee replacement surgery so will do what I can this year. Thanks for this giveaway.
I just finished Book 2 yesterday. I enjoyed it very much!! I’m looking forward to completing my reading of this series!!
We always make snickerdoodles and German Chocolate thumbprint cookies.
Hi Melissa, I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the Bayside Treasures Series! This is a great month to read Snowflake Sweethearts. Blessings and happy reading to you!
I enjoy reading your books. I like to make homemade chocolate pie.