Spotlight & Excerpt: I'm Glad I Found You This Christmas by CP Ward

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Synopsis:
I'm glad I found you this Christmas - an uplifting sweet romance set against the magical backdrop of Christmas.

Maggie Coates is frustrated. Her longterm boyfriend, Dirk, recently moved to London to take a job she fears puts him out of her league. Despite the assurances of her best friend Renee, Maggie is convinced Dirk is slowly drifting away. All Maggie wants is to get married and settle down, but maybe Dirk has other ideas.

Convinced by Renee to make one last throw of the dice, Maggie books a romantic holiday for two in the quaint Scottish village of Hollydell. But will Dirk show up?

And if he doesn't, what if there is a perfect man waiting for her among the Christmas magic of Hollydell's snow-laden streets? What if Henry, the humble reindeer farmer with the kind smile, turns out to be the man of Maggie's dreams?

I'm glad I found you this Christmas is a glowing sweet romance which will leave you feeling warm inside and buzzing with Christmas spirit.

  • Genre: Holiday Romance/Christmas Fiction

  • Publisher: AMMFA Publishing

  • Published: 9/30/2018

  • Pages: 268

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.29 Stars

Excerpt

Maggie frowned before twigging what he meant. Huh. Really? Could it be the ring she had been dreaming of? She needed to end this call RIGHT NOW and call Renee. Oh God. Her perfect friend was right, and they hadn’t even got there yet. He was going to ask. He was going to ASK.

‘That sounds nice,’ she squeaked, barely able to lift he voice above a whisper. ‘I’ll message you with the directions. You can’t drive, apparently. There’s a special train.’

Dirk groaned. ‘You can drive anywhere. But if it’ll make you happy, I’ll go mass transit with the rest of the herd. I’ll wear extra aftershave to compensate.’

Berating the poor was another of Renee’s red flags—since, technically, both Maggie and Renee were minimum wage workers—but Maggie ignored it. ‘I can’t wait,’ she gasped, perhaps with a little too much eagerness. ‘It’s going to be the perfect holiday.’

‘Sure, Pretty Pea. Sure it will.’

After hanging up, Maggie rushed to call Renee. Her friend answered briefly to say she was stuck at traffic lights on her way to spend an afternoon playing board games with a disabled lady, but that she’d call back later. Hanging up, Maggie ran in little circles, wishing there was someone else she could call. Her mum would be at work—but she wasn’t too hot on Dirk since his move to London—and none of her other friends would want to know. Instead, she did the only other thing she could think of to settle her nerves.

She went shopping.

Christmas was still a long way off, but she managed to pick up a nice pair of snow boots and a jacket with a fake fur trim which would look nice in the snow days. Walking out of the shop into a warm, sunny afternoon, however, she had a crisis of confidence. It hadn’t snowed in Cambridge over Christmas since she had been a little girl. Sure, Scotland was way farther north, but was it really going to be much different? She’d been watching the weather forecast with interest, and it was still practically beach weather all over the U.K. What was the likelihood that their remote, romantic getaway was a windy shack on a hill somewhere, battered constantly by the driving rain? Images of power cuts and doors that got stuck in the damp and baths with cracks and spiders and weird locals peering in through the windows and—

‘Stop!’

She shouted so loud at herself that an old lady walking past gave her a bemused glance. Maggie smiled, muttered sorry under her breath, and then did that terribly British thing of talking to herself in quiet tones as though to soften the blow of her sudden outburst. She was working herself up into a panic, she knew it. What happened to being all girl power and feminist and—

Deep breath. He’ll be there. It’ll all be fine.

And it’ll definitely snow.

About The Author:

CP Ward

Author Bio – CP Ward is a writer from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. This is his first Christmas book.

Website - www.amillionmilesfromanywhere.net 

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway – Win 10 x e-copies for I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Purchase Links 

US - HERE

UK - HERE

Oh my goodness- this sounds like such a sweet holiday romance. I could definitely see this translated well on the Hallmark Channel!

I also hope you enjoyed the excerpt! And good luck if you entered the giveaway!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I am participating in the Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour for this book. I was sent a eBook of this book as compensation for featuring this book on my blog.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: The Miss Adventure Brides Collection

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Synopsis:

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures


Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse

1883 Texas Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.

 Title: MissTaken Identity
Collection: The MissAdventure Brides Collection
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Barbour
Release Date: December 1, 2018 (print)
Genre: Historical Romance

EXCERPT – MissTaken Identity – Kimberley Woodhouse 

Covering her mouth so her girlish laughter wouldn’t be heard, Abigail tossed her bag over her shoulder like she’d seen the other men do and tried to walk like a man. 

It was harder than it looked. She glanced over at a man on the boardwalk by the bank. His stance was wide and his stride was long. 

She stopped and pretended to shake her leg like there was something in her boot. Deep breath. She started again. Why, oh why, hadn’t she thought of all this before the trip?

About The Author

Kimberly Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.

CONNECT WITH KIM: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Giveaway Time!

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Kimberley Woodhouse is giving away:

  • (1) grand prize of a Kindle Fire (US only)

  • (3) 1st prizes - a print copy of The MissAdventures Brides Collection (US only)

That's a total of FOUR winners!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 4, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 11, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and the information all about The Miss Adventure Brides Collection! This book just sounds like the perfect book to read over a long weekend with some hot cocoa!

Good luck if you entered to win!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I am part of the Justreads Tour and was given a copy of this book. However, I was not compensated in any way to promote this book.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Bookish Items

Christmas Gift Guide Bookish Items

Do you have a book lover in your life and have no idea on what book to gift? Bookish items are the best alternative! Any book lover would appreciate (and probably be very happy about) any book related gift.

Therefore, I have given ideas below on what to give to that book lover in your life!

Book Themed Prints From Shop Lucy In The Sky

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Lucy is such a talented artist and her prints are the cutest! They are quite popular on Instagram and with other fellow book bloggers. I have shopped with her before and she always ships really fast so no need to worry. But her items do sell out fast!

Coffee Mugs!

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A coffee mug is a go to gift for anyone. Especially if they are coffee or tea lovers. Sweet Mint Handmade make the most adorable mugs. I haven’t seen any designs like theirs anywhere in stores or online. So it sure will be a unique gift!

You can check out their store —-> HERE

The Bookish Box

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The Bookish Box is a monthly literary subscription. Each month, they send a themed shipment customized to your selections. They offer these options:

  • Book, Shirt, and Goodies Box

  • Shirt and Goodies 

  • Shirt and Book

Each month The Bookish Box announces their new theme & include teaser information about the books and items included. Members have the ability to adjust their preferences based on the theme. 

Subscription box prices start at $18

The Jane Game - Perfect For Game Lovers!

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The Jane Game is a trivia board game devoted to Jane Austen’s six novels. It is designed to bring Austen admirers together to share in her stories, characters, wit and language.

While playing, each participant enters Jane’s world by role-playing one of her heroines. As such, you seek after a fortunate life by becoming an accomplished woman, gaining life experience, and choosing to marry or not. Through chance, expertise, and choice you could become the envied Mrs. Darcy, the pitied Mrs. Collins, or the new roommate of Miss Bates. The Jane Game is for 2-7 players (Austen wrote seven heroines into her six novels) and lasts about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how chatty and good-humored the heroines are.

Socks

Because we all need socks - and cute ones at that. ;)

Bookish Jewelry

Any one would love a bauble as a gift!

I hope this helped you get some ideas for gifts! What kind of bookish items do you like to gift?

the caffeinated bibliophile
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Book Review: A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

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The synopsis on the back of the book:

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost. 

Can two hearts survive such deception?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

  • Published: 9/2018

  • Pages: 175

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.49

a tale of two hearts by michelle griep
In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.
— Great Expectations

Why I chose this book:

I love a good holiday novella. A holiday story that is neither too long or too short. Also, I thought it was cute that the story was influenced by Charles Dickens stories. I haven’t read his books since I was in High School (and that was almost 20 yrs ago!).

First Initial Thoughts

When I first started reading this book, my first thought is that it read kind of like a Dickens novel. So with that it came with more of a traditional writing, and that took a little getting use to after a few pages.

Mina is a Innkeeper’s daughter and helps her father serve food in the restaurant. There she meets William Barlow. She has a secret crush on him. Then she is in for a surprise when William asks her to pretend to be his wife at a family afternoon tea party. She is completely smitten but also wary about the whole situation. Mina is also a big reader and a huge fan of Charles Dickens novels.

William is a young man who could potentially get an inheritance from his Uncle Barlow. His uncle is not fairing well and is planning to announce the heir to his inheritance and estate. I think he felt horrible about lying to his Grandfather about Mina but he also didn’t want his Uncle to name Percy as his heir.

Speaking of Percy, him and his wife Alice are absolutely despicable. They are forthright of their opinions and want to make sure everyone knows of it. They also have horrible plans for Uncle Barlow.

Setting

I was never a big Dickens fan when I was in High School but I did love the stories and the atmosphere he created in his stories. And this is no exception. Though he may have not written this story, Michelle definitely created a world influenced by his novels. The setting really reminded me of the world in The Christmas Carol.

Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.
— Charles Dickens

Final Thoughts

Uncle Barlow is to name heir to his estate during Christmas. I found it very commendable for Mina to keep the charade going with William when it wasn’t probably the best of ideas. However, it worked out for the better. William and Mina are so adorable together. Even though they are complete opposites (as you will find out in the story), I thought that made their relationship unique and more realistic.

I found it cute that Uncle Barlow and Mina got along well from the start. He also enjoyed Dickens novels and reading in general. Barlow had such a fun loving personality. And did he figure out that William and Mina were not married from the start?

I really liked how this story ended. I won’t spoil anything but I was surprised by who Uncle Barlow chose for the heir of his estate. I was also glad that even though Percy and Alice didn’t get reprimanded by their actions, they still had to internally live with the decisions they made.

Overall, this was such a fun holiday story to read. Michelle hooked me from the start and I couldn’t finish till I knew the ending. I thought she honored Dickens well with this story.

Would I Recommend?

Yes, most definitely. Since this is so short, one can probably finish this in one day. However, If your not a big fan of Charles Dickens you may not enjoy it.



You can purchase the book —-> HERE


Are you a fan of Charles Dickens classic books? If so, which one is your favorite?

the caffeinated bibliophile
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