The Bluebird Bakery
Happy day-after-Christmas, dear readers! Welcome to the final post this year for our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! Snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and figure out how to spend that Amazon gift card you got!
THE BLUEBIRD BAKERY by Lee Tobin McClain
SERIES: Hometown Brothers #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: HQN Books
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2023
A sweet new beginning on the Chesapeake Bay
Bluebird Bakery owner Taylor Harp loves how small and close-knit Teaberry Island is…except when the only response to her help wanted ad is from someone she hoped to avoid. She and Cody Cunningham shared a long-ago romance until he started dating her prettier younger sister. But though the sting of rejection remains, so do the sparks.
After PTSD ended his military career, Cody Cunningham came back to the one place that felt like home. A difficult childhood left him running from commitment, but when he’s suddenly left in charge of his young half siblings, Cody doesn’t hesitate. He’s ready to build a future, and he hopes Taylor will want to have a place in it. Will she keep him around long enough to see that the boy she knew is now a man who’ll love her forever?
by Lee Tobin McClain, author of The Bluebird Bakery
Well, it’s December 26th. Christmas is over. For me, that’s a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I am a creature of routine and I like my privacy. So getting back to my regular life feels good.
On the other hand, all the lights and gifts, the Christmas carols and gatherings of family and friends, eased us into winter. December can be a lot of fun. And then comes the rest of the winter, when days are short and holidays are few. It can feel just a bit depressing.
Welcome to The Bluebird Bakery, a happy and positive story set in that winter period after Christmas.
The sisters in my book, The Bluebird Bakery, lost their mom to depression at a young age. The hero, Cody, used to be a confident, lighthearted guy, but after a traumatic incident that happened when he was serving overseas, he struggles to believe in himself.
What helps them all is community. Sisters Taylor and Savannah made a pact to reach out to each other whenever they felt blue, and that’s what brings Savannah to her sister’s small town at the beginning of the novel. She’s able to connect with her sister, new women friends, and one very special man, and that gets her through her dark period. Cody, meanwhile, connects with other veterans who share similar struggles, and it makes a new man of him… just in time to find the love of his life. Add in some cute kids, free-range dogs, and delicious pastries, and all of the main characters end up having a wonderful winter… and there’s a happily ever after for each of them.
So, if the winter blues strike you, I encourage you to reach out—to family, to friends who understand, and to medical professionals who can offer concrete strategies to help you cope. Another strategy is to read a good book! The giveaway series on Reading is my Superpower offers a whole reading list of uplifting, faith-filled novels. If you get tired of Christmas books, check out The Bluebird Bakery, and let me know what you think. My hope for all my readers is that my books provide a fun and uplifting escape from their troubles and a little dose of happiness each time they read a few pages.
Lee Tobin McClain is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. A professor-turned-writer, she finds inspiration in her beautiful and brilliant daughter, her goofy goldendoodle, and her aptly named cat, Trouble. Learn more about her books at www.leetobinmcclain.com.
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