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Five Fall Favorites: Holiday!

Today I am sharing a bushel of good books that are set around holidays!

What’s your favorite type of apple?! We just might find a new book that fits with an apple for a snack.

Here We Come by Chautona Havig

In the hubbub of wedding preparations, Christmas celebrations, and a house full of lively children, Aggie is feeling overwhelmed and unappreciated. Add to that two puppies who are growing faster than she can replace chewed shoes and fix dug fences, it seems like things just can’t get any worse. Then, as she should be enjoying the most exciting time of her life, she’s faced with her worst nightmare.

My Thoughts

I’ve read this so many times I’ve lost count, it is a bit sad, and it is set around Valentine’s Day… Which makes it the sweetest and saddest book all at once. My sisters (as young as 12) have enjoyed this series making it perfect for most readers.

31 Kisses by Chautona Havig

When one plus one equals thirty-one…

It happens every day.
Guy meets grandpa–and girl.
Guy knocks grandpa off ladder
Guy kisses girl to make it “all better.”
Every day.
For a month.
Just your normal, average, all-American romance…

Meet Chessie and Carson. She goes “all out” for Christmas (and every other holiday including Columbus Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Flag Day); he doesn’t own a single thing that could be considered decorative–unless you count the stickers he stuck to his dresser back when he was three.

Neither of them have ever had a serious relationship; both are opposed to frivolous expressions of affection. How on earth did they get tangled up in a “kiss-a-day-during-December” pact?

My Thoughts

Genre: Humor, Christmas, and Christian fiction.
My Rating: 4 stars.
Recommendation: 16 up because of romance.
My Favorite Character/s: Grumpy and his love of his granddaughter. His first impressions of Carson are the best, and I didn’t mind reading the POV of an older character since he was kinda cute. I don’t believe he would care for being called cute, but he was!
My thoughts: These thoughts are before my reread, so please bear with me. I read this book about a year ago, I think? I’m not too sure when I read it the first time, but I loved it, just like I love almost all of the books Chautona Havig has written.
After reread:
This is one of the funniest books, it has the best humor that had me laughing almost the whole time. And I forgot how good this book was, there are some things that make the book better for an older audience which is the reason for the 16 up suggestion.
My favorite quote: (I had to share my favorite quote!)
He grinned at her. “I call it like I wish I’d seen it. So, how was your first kiss?”

Honor All Men by Rebekah Morris

Devin Moreland doesn’t smile. Why should he when he home has been vandalized? Things change, however, when Sergeant Sinclair steps in with a 4th of July celebration to remember.

My Thoughts

This is a story that shows a not often outlook on a veteran and his life after war, and I really love how Morris showed a long-needed and horribly needed welcome home in this short story.

Thank You by Rebekah Morris

A short Memorial Day story.

My Thoughts

“Thank You” by Rebekah Morris is a good, sad, and timely reminder for all.

The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

My Thoughts

Okay, so first; WOW!!! I’ve loved books and I’ve laughed reading books but never so much as this one. This book? I have no words! It was messy, sappy, happy, and wonderfully one of the best books I have ever read! Laughing so hard my jaw and stomach hurt I couldn’t put it down, which is why I’m writing the review at two in the morning. Yeah, I’ll sleep after I finish sighing over this one of a kind book. It’s truly one of my favorites, maybe one of my top five favorites all time other then the Bible. Coming in third after Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and A Forgotten Truth by Chautona Havig, so pretty high up there!
The kids were adorable, their little antics of toothbrushes, toilets mixed with toddlers, jumping from couches, waking their Godfather Sunny, and everything else was so adorable especially the part with the bathroom. 😉
The older ladies . . . Edie and Donna were the best fictional matchmaker EVER! Truly!!! The suit? Oh my goodness that was hilarious! The beginning was funny enough but it kept getting better and better with every scene. I’m not sure if the kids or the ladies were cuter and more mischievous.
My only complaint would be that the spiritual content was slightly lacking but that was all right since I think the author was trying not to seem too preachy which it wasn’t.
Yes, there is a lot of hard content but that’s all right. It was never too bad but there are many mentions of abuse, abandonment, running away and other things.
And that Valentine’s miracle, that was spectacular! I just can’t say about enough to give this book the credit it deserves! The romance was sweet and sappy, the plot hilariously purposeful cliche and wonderful.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and I’m truly happy to provide it.

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What’s your favorite holiday? How do you celebrate?!


17 responses to “Five Fall Favorites: Holiday!”

  1. Haven’t heard of any of these books.


    1. I hope you’ll check them out!


  2. I’ve read the two Rebekah Morris books. xD I’m intrigued by the first and last books, too!


    1. The first and last are SO SO GOOD! I’m not completely sure you’ll agree though… You may not like “The Dating Charade.”


  3. Grace Elizabeth Avatar
    Grace Elizabeth

    I’ve only heard of the Rebekah Morris books


    1. Nice, have you read them?!


  4. So, I was thinking I had read Honor All Men until I saw your list and realized it was Thank You that I had read. xD


    1. They are both really good! Do you enjoy Rebekah’s books?!


      1. Yes, I do! I really love the new Woodbreak series that she is doing!!


  5. More books for me to add to my list


  6. I haven’t read “31 Kisses” or “The Dating Charade” but I have read the others. 😉 Thanks for sharing my stories. 🙂


    1. I hope you’ll check them out! You’re welcome, I really enjoyed them.


  7. I’ve read the 2 rebbecca shorts but none of the others! They looks good tho!


  8. Hmm… so I guess you liked “The Dating Charade”? Lol! It sounds hilarious!


    1. Hehehe, something like that. 😉


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