Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner + #Giveaway

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
Published in America by Cranberry Cove Press on the 16th November 2018.

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How I got this book:
Received a review copy via Beck Valley Book Tours

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people's lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature. 

When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope. 

*Cookie and candy recipes included!

The Moonglow Series...
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

It must be getting on for Christmas again because it's time for my annual visit to the Timberton Hotel in Montana to see what magical delights Mist and her friends will set in motion this holiday season. We missed a few of the hotel's regular guests this year although others stepped into their places and Deborah Garner certainly has swathed her novella in festive cheer and tradition. I felt that this fourth story didn't quite have the depth of the previous three and at times scenes seemed rushed. I wanted to know more about what the art gallery reception entailed and I thought we didn't get as much detail as usual on the guests backstories and interactions with Mist, Betty and the rest of the townsfolk. However, I loved the idea of the finale setpiece! Dreams absolutely can come true at Christmastime, especially for the lucky people who found their way to Timberton!

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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  1. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway, looks like a great read in time for the holidays.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    1. The Moonglow series has become a seasonal tradition for me! When I've read the new one, Christmas has officially started! (Though Dave still won't let me start playing the xmas song list yet)

  2. Sounds like a great one to pick up during this time of year!

  3. I would love to spend Christmas at Disney World with my children

  4. I guess somewhere snowy would give the traditional feel of Christmas except I'm not that fond of the cold!

    1. A cosy Swiss log cabin looking out the window at the snow?

  5. I'd like to visit the North Pole during Christmas. That and Hawaii.

  6. Despite being a bit rushed, this sounds like a really cute Christmas read!

    1. Yep! Cuteness overload in a good way and Deborah manages not to make the stories too saccharine sweet :-)

  7. I'm happy you have a series you can return to when you are in this time of year and that you can revisit some of the characters again! A shame that it felt a little more shallow and rushed than usual, but it sounds like you still managed to enjoy it quite a bit. :)

    1. Moonglow has become my Christmas tradition! I wonder if there is actually anywhere in Montana that is a real version? I'd love to visit in person!