Best Books of the Month: November Edition

We can't believe it's November! If you're looking for a cozy read to curl up with by the fire--or if you're in Southern California like Liz, at the beach--here are some of our favorites this month. And as you'll see by the titles and covers, they are meant to put you in the holiday spirit!  Just leave a comment to be entered to win either a print or e-copy of each! The contest will close on Friday, November 14th at 10 am PST.

Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan

Christmas_At_TiffanysThe Scoop: What do you do when the man you pledged your life to breaks your heart and shatters your dreams? You pack your bags and travel the big, wide world to find your destiny—and your true love . . .

Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn't giving up. She's going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.

Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she's meant to have . . . and the man she's meant to love.

Our thoughts: We love the premise of this book--to spend a year in the most exciting cities in the world! You will dive into this novel and not come up for air until the very end!

Giveaway: One print copy.

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

Snow-Angels-Secrets-and-Christmas-Cake-800pxThe Scoop: For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…

With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.

After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.

Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?

Our thoughts: Sue Watson never disappoints with her heartwarming and hilarious novels! You will devour this holiday tale about sisterhood and figuring out who you are.

Giveaway: One e-copy.

Ginger Krinkles by Dee DeTarsio

Ginger_KrinklesThe scoop: "I was named after a Christmas cookie."

Ginger Krinkles is crossing her fingers that this holiday season will be extra special, for once. She lost her job in San Diego and dreads moving back to her home in Ennui Ohio, where she's convinced she will end up like her mean ol' grandmother (God rest her soul!). Ginger has always been a holiday-hater. But she has a secret. Make that two. If you buy the first one, maybe it will be easier to unwrap the second: Either Ginger is an elf, or there really is magic to be found in an old cookie recipe.
Our thoughts: A sweet holiday story that will have you laughing out loud!
Giveaway: One print copy.

Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler and Scary Mommy contributors

Scary mommys guideThe scoop: From New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed “Scary Mommy” blogger Jill Smokler comes a funny and practical guide filled with essays, recipes, and tried-and-true tips sure to get any parent through the holiday season—without losing your marbles.

Ah, the holidays: a time of joy, celebration, serenity, and peace…

Unless, of course, you have whiny, screaming children demanding presents, attention, and a personal appearance by Santa or Judah the Maccabee. Then you’re screwed.

But wait, there’s hope: Scary Mommy Guide to Surviving the Holidays to the rescue!

Yes, in this handy holiday guide, you’ll find everything you need to survive the fall/winter rush of cheer in style, and without having a mental breakdown. From relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table, to easy-to-follow recipes that might include just a little something special to take the edge off (can anyone say Kahlua?), to fun and accessible gift ideas, this book is your ticket to peace of mind—and a laugh—during the busy, crazy holiday season!

Our thoughts: Every mom needs to pick up a copy of this book now! A funny, feel-good read!

Giveaway: One e-copy.