today’s 1st book: Snow Place Like Home
Last week, we kicked off this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂
Christmas is still 34 days away, according to Google, BUT it’s never too early for Christmas stories. Beginning now and continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2023. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME by Lacey Baker
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2023
On a rare trip home for the holidays, Ella may have finally uncovered the secret to a joy-filled future by getting lost in her past.
Ella Wilson has avoided home and the holidays for nearly a decade. For her, the season is plagued by a jinx that’s brought nothing but painful memories: her mother’s death nearly two decades ago, her fiancé’s abandonment last year, and now the loss of her job as an art curator. But without work to occupy her, home is exactly where Ella has ended up. And somehow, she’s also been roped into planning the town’s Christmas tree auction—side by side with her first love.
Seth Hamil knows that home is where the heart is, and for him, it’s always been the sleepy community of Bellepoint, Pennsylvania . . . and for a while in high school that included Ella Wilson. Since then, he’s been married and widowed and has spent the year throwing himself into his career as a music teacher and trying to keep his wife’s memory alive, starting with the church fundraiser she launched to support local kids. So, despite their history, Seth isn’t about to let his wife’s vision for the event be easily dismissed by Ella’s temporary presence and big-city ideas.
To find a way to work together, the two strike a deal: Ella can incorporate her splashy ideas into the auction if she will allow Seth to show her why Christmas is about more than decorations. Soon both begin to wonder whether fate has brought them together for a fresh start—and if Christmas wishes really can come true.
why i love Christmas
by Lacey Baker, author of Snow Place Like Home
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I know that’s a song title, but I subscribe to every word. 🙂 As a child, I loved Christmas for all the normal reasons—Santa, toys and time off from school. LOL As an adult, I kinda still love the same things, but so much more. There’s a feeling that settles over me at this time of year. It’s heavy and warm and always so welcoming. I say that I’m Christmas-365, meaning I celebrate Christmas by listening to music and watching holiday movies, all year round. But it’s especially this week of Thanksgiving that I begin to feel the cloud of nostalgia that makes Christmas everything to me. Memories of attending Christmas Eve worship service at our church, scents from my mother and grandmothers’ cooking, lights on the tree, gift wrap and bows, Christmas candies and nuts on the table, all those things come flooding back to my mind. All those things inspired me to create the same type of memories for my children and now for my grandchildren. They add to the stories I write that center around this time of year and the joy I hope readers receive when reading them.
I am especially grateful at this time of year, for my peace and health, my family, and friends, for the life that I’ve been blessed to live. There’s a sense of hope and renewal that comes at this time of year, a time to reflect and regroup, to prepare for a new year filled with new blessings. No, this doesn’t mean there aren’t sad or unwelcome memories during this time, I feel them the same as anyone else, but it’s the spirit of rejuvenation that makes it all worth it to me.
Lacey Baker is offering a Snow Place Like Home tote (not as pictured) and swag 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 Snow Place Like Home by Lacey Baker?