This Christmas

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‘A beautifully written novella. Perfect holiday reading.’ - Mine of Books Blog

This year, if Hadley wrote her dream Christmas list, it would go something like this:

1. Spend every waking – and sleeping – moment with her incredibly gorgeous boyfriend, Will.

2. Figure out what’s been bugging him lately. Yes, going away to college has been tough...but it’s time they reconnected.

3. Enjoy a sparkling Christmas in New York City, gazing at the Rockefeller tree, going ice skating, and drinking steaming mugs of cocoa in Central Park.

So, driving off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin in the woods wasn’t exactly the plan. But when it comes to her irresistible, and at times, impossible boyfriend, nothing’s ever that simple. And as fantasies of an icy Times Square are replaced by a clumsily decorated tree, making snowmen and the warmth of a log fire, Hadley feels herself falling in love all over again.

Except does Will have something to tell her that could change Hadley’s happily-ever-after Christmas dreams into a not-so-winter wonderland after all?

Don't miss this festive sequel novella to This Summer

Praise for Katlyn Duncan

'a delightful Christmas read. Through their ups and downs, Hadley and Will have me constantly smiling – they’re such a sweet couple and I’m hoping I get to read more from them both soon. If you like your Christmas stories short and sweet, This Christmas definitely needs adding to your list!' - 4 STARS from Reviewed the Book

'I loved how into all things Christmas Hadley was. ... She was beyond adorable in this book. Her excitement about Christmas was totally infectious and got me in the mood for the holidays.' - Book Briefs

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Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember.

There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...

This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?

Praise for Katlyn Duncan's The Life After series

‘I really loved this book. From the first page I was totally hooked and couldn’t put it down until I was finished.’ - Dark Faerie Tales on Soul Taken

‘Soul Taken is a BRILLIANT read! ...I fell in love with make everything about reading Soul Taken special and unique. This is one of those books to look out for.’ - A Diary of a Book Addict

'Katlyn Duncan’s YA debut, Soul Taken, is a thrilling ride that will leave you breathless...’ - Jennifer Murgia, author of the ANGEL STAR series & BETWEEN THESE LINES

‘I loved every page of Soul Possessed ... ONE of the best I’ve read this year!’ – Dark Novella

'The plot was original and I did not see some things coming. The writing was spectacular... There was the perfect amount of angst, tension, and passion all blended together.’ – Tween 2 Teen Books on Soul Possessed

'Soul Possessed takes this story to a whole new level. In this book, the stakes have been raised, extra layers have been added to a story that will keep you glued to its pages...’ – Realm of the Shappired Dragon

'absolutely epic conclusion to this series... Katlyn Duncan has a fan in me and I can't wait to see what she has planned next!' - The Best Books Ever on Soul Betrayed

'Soul Betrayed was a perfect ending to the series. ... I was lost in the story, from the first page to the last. I only wish that maybe there will be more from this world that Duncan created so magically.' - Polished Readers

' a wonderful conclusion to The Life After series. Fans of the series, you won't be disappointed. And, YA lovers, this is a series worth checking out.' - Imagine a World on Soul Betrayed


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HarperCollins UK
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Nov 18, 2014
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / General
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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