Monday, 25 November 2019

Snowfall at Moonglow by Deborah Garner + #Giveaway

Snowfall at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
Published in America by Cranberry Cove Press on the 22nd November 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads and a Book With Vegan Characters
I am linking this post up with November's Foodies Read at Based On A True Story

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Each holiday season, new and returning guests gather in the small town of Timberton, Montana, to celebrate Christmas at the Timberton Hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist’s unique way of offering exceptional cuisine, exquisite d├ęcor, and a touch of the unexpected, has a way of bringing visitors and local townsfolk together in heartfelt camaraderie.

As this year’s guests arrive with hopes of a white Christmas, unseasonably warm weather hints at a less-than-wintery wonderland. But whether the snow falls or not, one thing is certain: with Mist around, there's bound to be a little magic. No one ever leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future. 

*Cookie recipes included!

Read my reviews of the earlier books in this series:

I'm feeling particularly Christmassy right now even though it is still only November and that's because I have just finished reading Deborah Garner's newest annual Timberton novella, Snowfall At Moonglow. This series has become one of my eagerly anticipated Christmas traditions and I am delighted to be able to tell you how much I enjoyed visiting Mist, Betty and all the regulars again. This year it initially looks as though the seasonal atmosphere might be marred by a lack of snow as the Montana town is experiencing an unseasonably warm December. But of course the weather wouldn't dare to defy Mist's plans for her guests so everything is picture perfect before long!

I could particularly identify with the story in Snowfall At Moonglow this year because not only does the annual cookie exchange take centre stage for a while (and lots of recipes are included for us readers to bake up later), but also two of the hotel's guests are vegans! I loved how Garner has Mist intersperse vegan dishes with omnivore ones especially when they are so well received and enjoyed by everyone. There certainly is more to veganism than lettuce and reading about Mist's breakfast tofu scramble reminded me that I hadn't made that for myself in ages. Guess what my brunch was today?!

I did feel as though perhaps we didn't get to know the new guests as well as we had done in previous years and I would have liked to know more about Allison and Kinsley's history. However I loved losing myself in the build-up to Christmas at the Timberton Hotel with all that this involves. It almost feels like a home from home - although do Americans really not pull crackers at Christmas? Where do you all get your miniature sewing kits from if not out of a cracker?!

Thank you to Deborah Garner for this lovely seasonal tale. I'm going to put our Christmas music playlist on now and veganise a couple of those tempting cookie recipes!

Meet 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.

Author links: 
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  1. I would like to stay at Weir's beach new hampshire.

  2. Turku Finland where I was born.

    1. I'd love to visit Finland. We've not yet been to anywhere in Scandinavia

  3. Sometimes reading a Christmas story is just the thing to put you in the Christmas mood. It's great that you were able to relate to some of the characters.

    1. Reading the new book in this series is my Christmas starter!!

  4. I always enjoy seasonal reads this time of year.

    1. I just read a dark historical seasonal novel too. I'm getting into Christmassy books this year!

  5. I would love to visit Europe during Christmas time!

    1. Christmas markets in Germany would be great fun. We're in Spain at the moment and it's too warm and sunny for my idea of Christmas - not that I mind the warmth though!

  6. The Canary Islands for some Christmas sun

  7. I would like to stay home with my family. I don't like to travel during the holidays. Being together with the grandchildren at Christmas is magical enough.

    1. Trying to travel at Christmas time can be a real nightmare!

  8. Elvis presleys home - imagine the joy