Mistletoe At Moonglow by Deborah Garner
Published in America by Cranberry Cove Press on the 6th November 2015.
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Received a copy through Beck Valley Book Tours
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people's lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter's grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.
More a long vignette than a full story in its own right, Mistletoe At Moonglow is nonetheless perfect seasonal fare to get readers into the Christmas spirit. Garner has created a charming atmosphere for her small-town hotel and all the essential Christmas elements of excessive food, carol singing, disparate people forced together and, ultimately, good will and good cheer are presented in this lovely novella. It treads a fine line of sweetness, never slipping over into sickly(!) and I thought the inclusion of a dozen or so cookie recipes at the end was a cute touch. There are nods to other books set in Timberton and presumably back stories are covered there so we only get immediate portrayals of the hotel's staff and guests. These are nicely done though so I found it easy and pleasant to slip into their company for a couple of hours - with a glass of mulled wine to hand!
About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.
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