It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: A Promise So Sweet (+ guest post)

Posted November 15, 2021 by meezcarrie in Andrea Boyd, Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2021, romance / 21 Comments

today’s book: A Promise So Sweet

It may not be winter yet, but it’s time for our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.

Christmas is still 40 days away, though, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s final featured book first appeared in the Something Borrowed: Christmas Weddings Collection, and author Andrea Boyd shares a yummy recipe featured in the story!

SERIES: Something Borrowed Collection #5
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Dreamer Publishing
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2021

After ten years of silence, Bruce Colletto shows up at Lydia’s door asking her to marry him, and he just expects her to go along with it? Wildest idea ever, right? Yet, she finds herself agreeing to his crazy scheme. Will this end up being her greatest blessing or the worst decision of her life?

A Promise so sweet is the conclusion to the Something Borrowed collection. You can read Hanady and Keenan’s story in Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver, Leilah and Reggie’s relationship begins with All The Moore by Toni Shiloh, Chahna and Maguire work through their wedding troubles in A Holly Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn, and so do Cate and Noah in Somehow This Christmas. And if you’d like to get the whole collection in one book, Something Borrowed is still available in paperback!


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by Andrea Boyd, author of A Promise So Sweet

Lydia Osborn has only ever been in love with one man, but he ditched her ten years ago. When he shows up out of the blue proposing a marriage of convenience, would she be crazy to consider it? Maybe. But Bruce Colletto makes a compelling argument. They can start out with a date and see if the old flame still burns. It does. They get engaged. Things are moving along smoothly. Then…

Queue future mother-in-law.

Mrs. Colletto has never liked Lydia. And for NO reason! In theory, Lydia is perfect for her son. She’s a good Christian, Italian girl who’d never done anything to hurt the woman’s son. Yet, sparks fly every time they see each other.

Just look at this snippet.

“This Italian cream cake is excellent, Mrs. Colletto.”

Bruce studied his mom from across the table to see her reaction to Lydia’s latest attempt to make nice. Without looking up, his mom dipped her head in acknowledgement.

“It’s just like the one my mom used to bake. My sister, Mari, has attempted the recipe, but it never turns out as good.”

His mom did look at Lydia then. “This is my family’s recipe that has been perfected and passed down. Your mother’s recipe may have been similar, but it couldn’t possibly be the same.”

Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on that recipe and show up at the next family holiday meal with it? Well, you can!

Colletto Family’s Orange Italian Cream Cake

Orange Curd (Make first)
1 c sugar
1/4 c cornstarch
2 cups orange juice w/ pulp
3 lg eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 c butter
1 Tbs grated orange zest

Combine sugar & cornstarch in saucepan and gradually whisk in juice. Whisk in eggs. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook 1 or 2 min. or until it reaches pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and zest. Cover placing plastic wrap directly on curd. Chill.


1/2 c butter
1/2 c shortening
2 c sugar
5 lg eggs
1 Tbs vanilla
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c buttermilk
1 c sweetened flake coconut

Mix together 1st five ingredients, blending between each one. Combine flour and soda. Add alternately with buttermilk to mix, blending well as you go. Stir in coconut. Divide evenly into 3 greased and floured 9 inch rounds. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min. or until done.

Cool completely. Spread Orange Curd between layers and on top. Chill for a few hours before frosting.


8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c butter, softened
1 Tbs vanilla
16 oz powdered sugar
1 c chopped pecans

Blend 1st three ingredients until creamy. Gradually add sugar, blending on low. Beat on high until smooth. Stir in nuts.

I have made this cake, and everyone loved it. I hope you give it and the book a try. Let me know if you do!

Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.

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What about you? What makes you want to read A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd?

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21 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: A Promise So Sweet (+ guest post)

  1. Bea LaRocca

    I like the cover but the synopsis drew me in and made me want to read this story. Thank you for posting about this book

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