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Christmas Reads - December 2009     Bookmark and Share

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A Blue and Gray Christmas
Medlicott, Joan.

After being moved by the letters of two Civil War soldiers--one Union and the other Confederate--Grace, Hannah, and Amelia track down the soldiers' descendants and invite them to a Christmas reunion in Covington, where the letters will serve as holiday gifts.

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Body in the Sleigh
Page, Katherine Hall.

Faith Fairchild looks for a connection between the death of Norah, a teenage drug addict whose body was found in an antique sleigh, and the discovery of a newborn baby boy in the manger in spinster Mary Bethany's barn or Christmas Eve

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Christmas Blizzard
Keillor, Garrison.
A wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt, arriving just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard.

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The Christmas Clock
Martin, Kat.
Reluctant to return to the hometown where she has found a new job and apartment, Sylvia Winters remembers the fateful decision that culminated in a deadly accident, a situation that is complicated by resurfacing feelings and a young boy's determined efforts to buy a Christmas gift for his grandmother.

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The Christmas Cookie Club
Pearlman, Ann.
On a snowy December night, 12 women meet for a cookie exchange, where they tell stories of the cookies they baked, tales that are emblematic of the year that has just passed and focus on sisterly love and conflict, yearning for grandchildren, and more.

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Christmas Is Good: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Holiday
Koontz, Trixie. Ed by Dean Koontz.

A best-selling author's dog offers her advice on the yuletide season, from gift giving (hot dogs are always welcome) to baking tasty sausage-peanut butter Christmas biscuits to making a dog fluffier for all the holiday parties, in a book with full-color photos.

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Christmas Jars Reunion
Wright, Jason F. Shadow Mountain.
The author of Christmas Jars is back with a follow-up novel about the importance of selfless giving during the holiday season.

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The Christmas Lamp
Copeland, Lori
When the small town of Nativity, Missouri, loses its much-needed seasonal business, more than the economy suffers. Lifelong resident Roni Elliot clashes with the new outside consultant Jake Brisco, whose drastic budget-slashing threatens the traditions and spirit of Nativity. However, as forgotten joys rekindle and new traditions emerge, Christmas once again becomes a season of hope.

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A Creed County Christmas (Montana Creeds)
Miller, Linda Lael.
In 1910, in the untamed Montana wilderness, schoolteacher Juliana Mitchell, disowned for her refusal to marry, discovers that she is no longer adverse to marriage when she meets widowed rancher Lincoln Creed, who is searching for a governess for his young daughter.

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Home in Time for Christmas
Graham, Heather.
When she rescues a man claiming to be a patriot soldier, sentenced to death by British authorities, Melody Tarleton takes the stranger to her parent's house where a little Christmas magic, some enchanted petals, and ancient potions take them on an unimaginable adventure.

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Ice
Howard, Linda.
A passionate love affair challenged by the holiday season and a series of unanticipated adventures.

 

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Knit the Season (Friday Night Knitting Club)
Jacobs, Kate.
Dakota Walker--along with her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine--visits her Gran for the Christmas holidays in Scotland, where the family members reminisce about Dakota's mother, Georgia, from Georgia's childhood to her blissful time as a doting new mom, in a story that takes place a year after the best-selling Knit Two.

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Lakeshore Christmas
Wiggs, Susan
Maureen Davenport, Avalon's prim librarian, is finally getting the chance to direct the town's Christmas pageant.

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Matchless: A Christmas Story
Maguire, Gregory
Entwines the classic fairy tale of the little match girl with a story of Frederik, whose mother is seamstress to the Queen and who spends many evenings crafting a village in the attic of their small, cold home.

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Merry, Merry Ghost
Hart, Carolyn.
When a determined heir moves to block a wealthy woman's attempt to include her newly discovered grandson in her will, it is up to good-intentioned ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas.

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The Perfect Christmas
Macomber, Debbie
What would make your Christmas perfect? For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

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Plum Pudding Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
Fluke, Joanne.
When Larry Jaeger, the owner of the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot, is murdered, bakery owner Hannah Swenson, during the busiest time of the year, must sift through a wealth of suspects before a murderous Scrooge strikes again.

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A Rumpole Christmas
Mortimer, John.
Five holiday tales by the late screenwriter and best-selling author feature the curmudgeon barrister and include "Rumpole and Father Christmas," "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," and "Rumpole and the Christmas Break.

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A Wish for Christmas
Kinkade, Thomas & Spencer, Katherine.
Cape Light residents reflect on their past and future during the Christmas holiday, including David, recently returned home after serving in Afghanistan to find his widowed father remarried, and Lillian who comes to the aid of a friend in need.

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Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Lamb, Wally.
A holiday novella that begins by focusing on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello as Christmas approaches in 1964, then propels readers from the past to the present so that they might measure what America has gained and what it has lost.


 


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