Thursday, November 22, 2018

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner



NEW RELEASE….
The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people's lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature. 

When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope. 

*Cookie and candy recipes included!

The Moonglow Series...
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

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Also available in The Moonglow Series
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1 

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn't been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people's lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter's grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

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Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]
Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2 

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there's more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door's wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

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Gingerbread at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 3
The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist's mysterious way of working small miracles in people's everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

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While you can read this as a stand alone and enjoy it, especially with the plethora of fantastic recipes included (warning- you may gain weight just by paging through this delicious volume) I hope you will read this entire delightful series. A comfy spot is required for reading; soft, instrumental music as background is suggested. 
Picking up a Moonglow book feels like visiting favorite friends.
You will not want to leave.

I did give this book 5 stars, because I loved it, but I found it a bit lacking in story compared to the previous installations of this series. As I said, you can read it as a stand alone but the magic is a continuation of Mist's residence and creations at the Timberton Hotel. Betty seemed sort of an afterthought this time. Not that having the book Mist centric is a bad thing.

The tension in the story seems to have happened before the book began. A nearby theatre burned down, leaving several of the players stranded. Fortunately they joined the celebrations at Timberton.
A mysterious person is among the guests this year, as well as two young girls. This all serves for an interesting mix as is found each Christmas at this particular hotel. 

The book is sweet and warm, definitely clean, a worthy addition to a loved series. It was just lacking in some tension, even as there were unknowns included in the storyline.
If you love small town settings and holiday romance, nothing dangerous and scary , this is an escape read you will enjoy. Come for the desserts, stay for the story. I do recommend you read more than just this one book in the Moonglow Christmas series
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About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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