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Thrown rather suddenly into the inner workings of Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the picturesque streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued despite herself. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? What will happen when a famous and charismatic author takes a sudden interest in the bookshop—and Carmen? And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?
Staff thoughts: Cozy as they come, Colgan's Bookshop novels are the warm cup of cocoa you need during the stressful holiday season. Come for the not-so-surprising endings, stay for the quaint Scottish charm.
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As a deadline closes in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.
Staff thoughts: The magic of A Christmas Carol is as traditional as Santa Claus himself. This fictionalized origin story tells about the flawed Dickens, his wife and family, and brings you to the inspirational 19th-century London streets. Silva's writing makes you feel as though you're there along with Dickens himself.
In 1920 Alaska, recent arrivals Jack and Mabel are childless and drifting apart -- he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone -- but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl, Faina, running through the trees. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
Staff thoughts: The Snow Child is a beautiful story. Its pages stir emotions and instill wonder. You will finish this book grateful that you got to spend even just a little time in Jack and Mabel's world.
A Christmas Guest
When her daughter and son-in-law plan a Christmas vacation to Paris sans hers truly, Grandmama Mariah Ellison travels to the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes to spend the holiday with old friends. But when the body of a fellow guest is found lifeless in bed, Grandmama senses foul play and takes it upon herself to assume the role of amateur detective–uncovering startling truths about the victim . . . and herself as well.
A Christmas Secret
Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham while the Reverend Wynter is away on a Christmas holiday. Upon arrival, the Cordes soon discover that they have more dire matters to worry about. It turns out that the Reverend Wynter isn’t on holiday at all–and that something very sinister has transpired.
Staff thoughts: These cozy little stand alone mysteries by Anne Perry are just the right size for the holiday season.
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