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The Twelve Topsy-Turvey, Very Messy Days of Christmas By James Patterson and Tad Safran

I was looking for a Christmas story that was uplifting and easy.  This one fits the bill and makes for a great holiday read.  The book starts with a quick introduction into a sad topic; the loss of a loved one is difficult to navigate anytime but especially during the holidays.  The family is struggling with this loss and is stuck in a five year downward spiral until 12 gifts appear on their door.  Unable to determine the gift-giver and a way to make it stop they muddle through what ends up bringing them back together.  An interesting twist to a familiar song. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


More Than You’ll Ever Know By Katie Gutierrez

Being a self-proclaimed crime junkie, this first Novel by Katie Gutierrez hooked me immediately. I love listening to crime podcasts.  Cassie Bowman, a true crime journalist finds a story about a woman, a double life and a murder.  Typically, men have hidden second families more often than women but not this time. Lora Rivera is secretly married and in love with both until one of them gets murdered. Great page turner and escape!




The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn

I choose The Girl in the Locked Room because it is just creepy enough, but not too creepy.  The fact that a young girl has been watching Jules it scary until Jules learns her secret.  A fun read with many fascinating twists and turns.




A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A timeless classic, featuring the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. A tale of finding joy in life and gratitude for all things big and small.

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