A Gift for Santa

A Northern Lights Novel

Book 2
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It’s the season for giving…and starting over?

A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.

Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…
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About the author

Beth Carpenter grew up on a farm reading everything she could get her hands on, from cereal boxes to the encyclopedia. Saturday visits to the library were the highlight of her week. Due to motion sickness, she couldn't read on the school bus so she made up her own stories instead.

She still consumes books like popcorn and loves to create happy endings for her imaginary friends. She believes dogs, books, and laughter are key to happiness. And dark chocolate. And love.

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Publisher
Harlequin
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Published on
Dec 1, 2017
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781488012495
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
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This content is DRM protected.
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A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas? 


Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbourMarcus and she knows she shouldn’t be … 


So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction? 


A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winters night. 


What everyone’s saying about Christie Barlow: 

'What a corker of a book! Relatable, enticing, full of humour and drama in double doses and with a huge dollop of Christmas sprinkled in! It’s pace doesn’t slow down for a second, from the first page you are hooked!'I Blog Books 

'Very relatable characters and a story written to make you laugh and cry makes this a great read!'Angry Grey Cat Reads 

'An all round fun author to read!'Eat Your Books Out 

‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog 

'A heartwarming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love' Rachael Lucas 

‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea's Book Reviews 

‘Kitty's Countryside Dream will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you'll feel it pulling at your heart strings. This really turned out to be a beautiful book …turning the pages and unravelling the story was very thought provoking.’ Crooks on Books 

‘I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More 

‘Kitty's Countryside Dream is a soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it's been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it'll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world. So, get those wellies on and head for a new roost in the country in this delicious feel-good tale with a gorgeous soft centre.' Little Bookness Lane 

'A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens. I loved every moment of it and some of the scenes, with chickens, will have you chuckling' Rachel's Random Reads 

‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie's Reading Korner Review 

'This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside' Laura H Book Blog 

Lindsay Miller is knee-deep in Christmas cards and homemade fudge, but she's never felt more like a Grinch. Why can't Christmas be full of magic, like in her favorite movie, A Christmas Carol. . .?

. . .Enter Fred, a sexy and eccentric stranger who arrives at Lindsay's door out of the blue. Dressed like he just stepped out of a Dickens novel, complete with British accent, Fred claims he's a Messenger, sent from "Headquarters" to help her discover the joy of Christmas. But is Fred an angel from above—or just stone cold crazy?

Fred's used to dealing with skeptics. Telling a stranger you've been ordered to inspire holiday cheer is a tough sell. But there's a further complication. Fred's mission is to help Lindsay right the wrongs from her past that have been holding her back. But somehow along the way, they've become wildly attracted to each other—and falling in love is not part of the plan. Fred only has ‘til the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve to guide Lindsay to the magical future she deserves—even if it's a future without him. . .

"A charming holiday story that combines the magic of It's A Wonderful Life with the warmth of A Christmas Carol. A lovely, feel-good story to be read in front of the Christmas tree with a cup of cocoa." --Donna Alward, New York Timesbestselling author

"There are always a few Christmas themed books to choose from this time of year, but No Christmas Like the Present is a stand-out story. . .. A gentle reminder to spread holiday joy is alive and well, and brings a little romance with it." -Romantic Times Book Review


"Donovan packs this contemporary romance full of all kinds of Christmas magic: friendship, goodwill to colleagues, family, and forgiveness. . .. All the elements of a Christmas romance are present, with a wary heroine slowly coming to trust the heaven-sent hero who's almost too perfect to be true." - Publishers Weekly

More Praise For No Christmas Like The Present!

"A magical story that's a perfect addition to readers' holiday season."--Holly Jacobs, award-winning author of Just One Thing

"Love, laughter, magic—and fudge—the makings of the perfect holiday romance." --Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow series

"If your guilty pleasure (like my guilty pleasure) is reading a good holiday love story during the Christmas season, then No Christmas Like the Present should be your gift to yourself this year!" --Eva Marie Everson, author of The Road to Testament
Pack your bags for a festive trip to Conwenna Cove, just in time for Christmas...

When Grace Phillips arrives in Conwenna Cove to help her parents move in, 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Not to mention mysterious, if abrupt, local vet Oli Davenport.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. He loves his eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything, and his world revolves around being both mum and dad to his children. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto the fear of letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

Praise for Christmas at Conwenna Cove

‘Cosy up by the fire with a mug of steaming hot chocolate and drift off to Conwenna... you won’t regret it. Another superb book from Darcie who seems to keep getting better and better. All my expectations were surpassed, this is a bundle of love, hope and Christmas joy...’ Ali – The Dragon Slayer

‘I just loved this book, such a festive treat and what a magical story!!... Will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside – really did love this one!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘I was giggling to myself in a few short minutes of starting the book... Brill! Once you get started with this read it may very well get stuck to your hands. It's a superglue read.’ Blooming Fiction

‘It was a treat to return to Conwenna Cove... I want to pack my case and have my own Conwenna Cove hug... A wonderful, heartfelt, festive read that left me sighing with contentment.’ KraftiReader

‘A delightfully romantic festive read... left me feeling warm and fuzzy with its wonderful characters, beautiful settings and in depth story lines.’ Lozza’s Book Corner

‘This is a fantastic festive read I have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending. I've loved other books by this author in the past but I think this is my favourite title from her so far!’ Splashes into Books

‘I don’t say this lightly, but this is the perfect Christmas read.’ Reviewerlady: Good ‘n’ Read-y

‘Oh what a truly wonderful and delightful read.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Brilliant! Love love love this! Finished last night, couldn’t go to bed until it was ended! Fabulous writing and a touching story. A few tears were shed in a good way!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘If you have never read a book by Darcie Boleyn you are definitely missing out. They really are a warm and loveable treat, I can't recommend them enough! Conwenna Cove is once again the perfect place to heal and find yourself. There is so much to love about this story with a beautiful sprinkling of hope, love and family – perfect!’ Rae Reads

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