today’s book: Christmas at the Inn
Winter is drawing ever closer (hooray!!), and 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 31 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 is a sweet historical romance novella, and author Ashley Clark shares the inspiration for Millie’s Boardinghouse!
CHRISTMAS AT THE INN by Ashley Clark
SERIES: A Fairhope Novella
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Story Time Press
RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2021
Fairhope, Alabama. 1952.
Take a trip to Millie’s Boardinghouse this Christmas…
When Walter and Violet fake a relationship for the sake of their families, they find themselves in a surprising situation under the mistletoe thanks to Millie, the inn’s owner.
But just as sparks begin to fly and Walter prepares to confess his feelings, he gets news from his family that will have both he and Violet reevaluating what they really want this Christmas… and for their future.
Fans of The Dress Shop on King Street will enjoy this sweet, historical romance set during Millie’s first Christmas as a mother.
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by Ashley Clark, author of Christmas at the Inn
Hi, friends! Thank you so much for having me today, and a special thanks to Carrie for inviting me. I’m thrilled to talk with you about my new novella, Christmas at the Inn. If you’ve read The Dress Shop on King Street, my hope is that you felt as though Millie’s Boardinghouse was a real place—both because Millie is vivid and real in my heart and because the boardinghouse IS real. Well, sort of. Let me explain…
Millie’s Boardinghouse is actually a candy kitchen. I know what you’re thinking—Millie would love that! And you’re right. She would. I can just see her there, sneaking extra samples of the vanilla fudge. (Which—by the way—is mouthwatering.) I based the boardinghouse on the Punta Clara Candy Kitchen in Point Clear, Alabama. If you can believe it, the real place is even more charming than the fictional one—complete with a curved, wraparound porch, a fascinating history, and the smell of candy and jam that wafts through the hall. The Punta Clara Kitchen is a family-owned business that spans four generations, and the house itself was built in 1897! I would highly recommend placing an order on their website so you can try their pralines for yourself.
On another note, if I’m being honest, this past year has come with its fair share of heaviness. My heart has been bruised, both by personal loss and the weightiness of the world. I knew I needed a change of pace and suspected my readers would enjoy that as well. And so, in a fairly impromptu decision, I started brainstorming what would happen if two starry-eyed guests fell in love at Millie’s Boardinghouse during Christmastime. From that brainstorming, Christmas at the Inn was born! I had such fun writing this sweet romance and enjoyed visiting my old friend Millie as well. I hope you will enjoy it too and that it will give you a taste of a southern Christmas… what we lack in snow, we make up for in warmth. For more reasons than one!
Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She’s dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses as an adjunct. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, Ashley’s usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns.
Ashley Clark is offering a print copy of Christmas at the Inn to one of my readers! (US only. Void 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 makes you want to read Christmas at the Inn by Ashley Clark?