Jera’s Jamboree : Caught my Eye ~ Festive and Magical reads

I haven’t done this feature for a LONG time but having recently browsed, I wanted to share my excitment 🙂

First up on my list is Ali Harris’ A Vintage Christmas.

Having loved Miracle on Regent Street I was so excited when I saw Evie was back!

vintage christmas

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 324 KB
Print Length: 118 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 Oct 2013)

Evie has the perfect job and the perfect man, but keeping both in her life has become a serious balancing act…

With the sales coming to a close at Hardy’s, Evie must source new stock for the season ahead. Her mind is constantly buzzing with ideas and layouts, so much so that she is forgetting all about Sam.

Can she learn to keep her work separate from her home life? Or will she lose everything…

Ali Harris weaves a story of Christmas miracles in this magical short story eBook exclusive!

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gift to remember

I think this cover is stunning.  Simple but quite powerful!  I want to find out if Darcy gets her HEA!

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 541 KB
Print Length: 309 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 Oct 2013)

Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally.

One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aiden.

As she discovers the mysterious stranger’s world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she’s ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE… But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aiden be the happy ever after she’s always imagined?

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Having not long finished reading Cupcakes at Carrington’s (another book hidden away on my Kindle!), I can’t wait to get back into life at Carrington’s department store!

christmas at carringtonsFormat: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper (7 Nov 2013)

A deliciously indulgent read and the follow up to Cupcakes at Carrington’s. Set in Carrington’s Department Store this is perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan.

Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with.

But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper.

As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out…

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Having read Sign of Seven trilogy by Nora Roberts (quite a few years before blogging!) I was excited to see a new trilogy starting this month!dark witch

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 870 KB
Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Piatkus (31 Oct 2013)

Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives . . .

Iona Sheehan has just taken the biggest gamble of her life. Leaving her job, her home and her family in Baltimore, she has come to Ireland in search of adventure – and answers.

Iona has always felt a powerful connection to the home of her ancestors. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can’t resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the beautiful and atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O’Dwyer, for the first time. And when she lands a job at the local riding school she finds herself drawn against her will to its owner – the hot-tempered but charismatic Boyle McGrath. Perhaps in County Mayo she has found her true home at last.

What Iona doesn’t realise is that her cousins have been expecting her for a long time. Connor, Branna and Iona have all inherited a powerful but dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present . . .

The first in a magical new trilogy, Dark Witch is a captivating story of love, family and destiny.

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Having enjoyed Carole Matthews’ writing for years (and meeting her!) I just have to add Calling Mrs Christmas 🙂

calling mrs christmasFormat: Kindle Edition
File Size: 598 KB
Print Length: 465 pages
Publisher: Sphere (1 Aug 2013)

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go . . . Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

Join Cassie as she takes you on a romantic and emotional rollercoaster ride in Calling Mrs Christmas.

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These are only a few that caught my eye!

Please share in the comments the releases YOU are looking forward to.



16 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree : Caught my Eye ~ Festive and Magical reads

  1. OOoooh are we getting into the festive season? YAY! I love a cracking Christmas read, but then you probably gathered that anyway. I love Christmas full stop!!

    Here’s one of my favourite Christmas reads: The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder. It’s like a story within a story, written in 24 chapters to follow the opening of a magic advent calendar, and yes, it’s best consumed a chapter a day starting from 1 December. I read this with the kids every year (although it’s not strictly a children’s book) and we fall in love with it every time over. It’s a truly wonderful read on so many levels.


    • NO not at all Nicky. Love other people’s recommendations no matter how long they’ve been published.

      Take that apology back right now 😀

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        I think I got that about right. You have no idea how difficult it was to type that backwards. Hope that counts as taking my apology back! 😉 LOL! Glad you enjoyed the recommendation, it really is a fabulous book. XXX

      • When I read this on my phone earlier I thought maybe there was a cat on your keyboard LOL Very clever.

  2. I am looking forward to getting Calling Mrs. Christmas I so love Christmas and Christmas books love the cover everything.:) Hope I get it for Christmas:) Also, Christmas at Carringtons the same love the cover on my Christmas wish list and adding I heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk I know I am getting that one for Christmas I so love that series. Now we need Mandy Baggot to do a Christmas book:)) A gift to remember looks enchanting too:) Thanks for this blog:)


    • Christmas is the BEST isn’t it Toni!

      Christmas at Carrington’s is available to request on Netgalley.

      Agree about Mandy Baggot – oi, Lady B, where are you?

      Thank you for commenting Toni.

  3. I am looking forward to reading Calling Mrs. Christmas love the cover everything it is on my Christmas wish list love Christmas and Christmas books:) I love the cover of Christmas at Carrington’s and looks like an amazing read too:) also not shown here the I heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk love the I heart series. I also, think that A Gift to Remember looks like it can be a good read love the cover of that too:)
    Loved the blog of the books



    • The Sign of Seven trilogy are the only books I’ve read of Nora Roberts. It was amazing! I notice she writes romance too. This new series really caught my attention.

      Happy Reading (and writing!)

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