It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Marrying Noel

Posted December 26, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, Melanie D Snitker, romance / 139 Comments


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 2nd book: Marrying Noel

We have officially reached the final post in this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! I’m a little sad that it’s over but I will enjoy the decreased workload lol. So… snuggle in one last time, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and finish your bookish Christmas list!

Marrying Noel by Melanie D. Snitker

MARRYING NOEL by Melanie D. Snitker
SERIES:
Brides of Clearwater #6
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Dallionz Media, LLC

RELEASE DATE: January 25, 2024 (re-release)

 

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Keeping Traditions Alive

by Melanie D. Snitker, author of Marrying Noel

As Christmas draws near, I am nostalgic when it comes to traditions. There are several from my childhood that we’ve carried forward with our own son and daughter.

One of those traditions is getting to choose a new Christmas ornament each year. I still have most of mine, and they make me smile when I hang them up on our tree. I love that our kids pick their own ornaments, and that they often represent their interests that year. Even now, I can look back at their choices and see how they’ve grown and changed.

Another tradition is the Christmas ham that I make every year. I bake it the same way that my dad did throughout my childhood. I always looked forward to helping him put whole cloves into the ham and then hang pineapple rings on them. Dad would combine pineapple juice and brown sugar and use that to baste the ham with.

As the ham baked, the amazing smell filled the house. To this day, the combination of cloves and pineapple means Christmas to me. Even though my dad has been gone for thirteen years, it still makes me feel close to him.

Now, my daughter helps me prepare the ham each year, and it means a lot to be able to share that tradition with her.

As an author, I enjoy having the opportunity to share memories with my readers.

In Marrying Noel, Noel Echolls grew up in a dysfunctional family where Christmas celebrations with her parents were usually filled with stress and dread.

Marrying Noel by Melanie D. SnitkerNoel meets Cooper Meyers who is opening a bookstore to run with his disabled younger brother who Cooper helps care for. When she is offered the job to help them stock the store, she gratefully accepts it.

What Noel isn’t prepared for is the pure joy that Cooper’s brother, Jett, has with regards to Christmas. One of their family’s traditions is to host a Christmas open house for any friends or neighbors to come by and have others to celebrate the holidays with. The brothers finally convince Noel to attend.

When Noel drops in, she is told about their family’s ham tradition, and then Jett proudly shows her the ornament he picked for the tree that year. It gives her a glimpse of what a big, family Christmas can really be like.

What about you? Do you have a particular tradition that you look forward to every Christmas?

I sincerely hope that, no matter what your Christmas celebrations look like, you discover joy and peace this holiday season. God bless!


Melanie D. Snitker

Melanie D. Snitker is a USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children. They share their home with three dogs and a variety of small animals. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, training her dog, playing computer games, and hanging out with family and friends. Connect with Melanie at her website.


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What about you? What makes you want to read Marrying Noel by Melanie D. Snitker? What tradition(s) do you look forward to every Christmas/New Year?

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139 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Marrying Noel

  1. Leslie Price

    I also dream about opening a bookstore, so this sounds like a really sweet story.
    My favorite holiday tradition is celebrating Jolabokaflod, the Icelandic ‘book flood’. I try to get all of my holiday preparations out of the way early so I can curl up all day on Christmas eve with a box of chocolates and a pile of books!

  2. Steph

    I enjoy books about bookstores and the people who work there. This looks like a good story. We do not have any holiday traditions except putting up the tree the week after Turkey Day and watching tons of Christmas movies.

  3. Cindy Merrill

    My main occupation is being a Food Historian, so I’d be very interested in any feasts mentioned in the book, or even daily meals.

    • That sounds so interesting! There are actually two Christmas parties in this book – and the food at each is completely different to highlight the different types of families and monetary status.

  4. Lorena Keech

    I will be honest, while the book description makes it sound interesting, it is the cover that grabbed me.

    • I appreciate the feedback. I’m glad you like the cover! The covers for this series were a lot of fun. And while this cover is not one of them, several of the covers have images captured by a photographer friend at either weddings or engagement parties.

    • Thanks for stopping by! I have a son with severe autism among other disabilities, and so I feel it is very important to include individuals with disabilities at least once in each of my series.

  5. Jessica Beard

    I would love to read this, because I love books that take place during Christmas. Making cookies as a family is my favorite tradition.

  6. Aaron Reck

    Reading is an enjoyable way to pass the time and availability matters a lot. I love to go to the city parks and see the city decorative lights.

  7. Janice Moore

    I love how Cooper wants to have a safe environment where is disabled brother can work along side him!
    I’m a little sad, too, that these Christmas books are at an end!

    • I love that idea. It was actually inspired by a family we met some years ago. They opened an ice cream and candy store so that their son with disabilities could work with his dad. It was really neat!

  8. Emma

    This book sounds good. Spending time with family and friends. going around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights!

  9. wen budro

    I want to read this because the plot and characters are intriguing. I look forward to watching holiday movies.

  10. Patty

    I didn’t marry until I was 40+ years old, and a husband and I are not really the entertaining type, but for the last few years, we have been hosting Christmas breakfast/brunch at our house, and have really enjoyed it!

    I don’t think I’ve read any of Melanie’s books, but this one sounds sweet.

  11. Perrianne Askew

    I’m in love with the cover! It would also be fun to read about opening a book store. On Christmas we have a traditional turkey dinner and then gifts. New Years is very low key here and we always hope to be asleep at midnight, but fireworks usually take care of that pipe dream!

  12. Lynn Brown

    I used to love helping my mom deliver baked goodies she had made to friends and family. Then she would make me sugar cookies.

  13. Deborah D

    I really want to read this book because one of the characters has a disability. I have a disability so it’s nice to see that in a book.

    • I appreciate that, Deborah! Our son has several severe disabilities. So there is usually a character with disabilities in at least one book in each of my series. I feel it’s important that they are represented! The book before this, Marrying Emma, also has a character who is an amputee, and then another who received a heart transplant years ago and is still dealing with some of the health ramifications of that.

  14. Barbara Montag

    I would like to read this because it is a clean romance.
    And my sis and I see a holiday show or play every Christmas season!

  15. Cynthia C

    It sounds like a story that would be nice to read. Our tradition is gathering as a family for holiday meals.

  16. Ann Fantom

    Our Christmas tradition is going to look at the the Christmas lights after the church candlelight service

  17. Amy Bradsher

    It sounds as if it has a lot of elements I like – organized & caring people, bookstores, looking out for others… I’d like to read it.

  18. Jen Reed

    I would love to read this book so I could feel some of the Christmas joy the book as well as you as the author describe. I want to have more holiday joy.

  19. Betty Curran

    To help keep the household peaceful we always allowed the children to open one gift on Christmas Eve. It took a while for them to realize we always chose the package that had new pajamas. But they still enjoyed opening that single gift.

  20. Leigh Nichols

    I love Christmas based stories, and this one sounds so sweet- plus, there’s a bookstore involved! lol

  21. BRIAN E.

    Xmas tradition: weekend before Christmas we have kids of family, friends , neighbors over to bake homemade Christmas cookies; still have some ‘kids’ who are now in college drop by…

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