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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Book Review - Christmas On Nutcracker Court by Judy Duarte

I'm a big fan of Judy Duarte's Mulberry Park series, and was so tickled to find out she had a Christmas story to share this holiday season.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

This Christmas, come home to Fairbrook, the setting for Judy Duarte's uplifting, heartwarming novels, where friendship, faith, and some extra-special providence will make it a holiday to remember.

Fairbrook is a town tailor-made for Christmas, with beautiful old houses dotting quaintly named streets like Sugar Plum Lane and Nutcracker Court. But not everyone is eager for the holidays to arrive. Cash-strapped single mom Carly Westbrook worries about providing a merry Christmas for her boys. It doesn't help that they've been having run-ins with neighbor Max Tolliver, an aspiring novelist stricken with writer's block. Then there's Grant Barrows, a formerly wealthy businessman whose heart seems to have shrunk along with his bank balance.

Some folks are still determined to make the season sparkle--like the Diamond Lils, a ladies' group that meets weekly to play poker and socialize. This year, they're looking to do some good deeds--and wealthy widow Lynette thinks that a little matchmaking between Grant and Carly would be a perfect place to start.

Yet Christmas is a season for surprises. And sometimes, the gifts we never expected turn out to be the most precious of all.

I have enjoyed Judy Duarte's previous three novels in this series, and found Christmas On Nutcracker Court to be just as much fun as the others. Duarte has a knack for developing characters that are as real as the neighbor next door, and the dilemmas they find themselves in are realistic and natural.

I particularly enjoyed reading about the "Diamond Lils," the lively and fiesty group of poker-playing ladies who keep their fingers on the pulse of the neighborhood. I'd love to play a hand or two of Texas Hold 'Em with these gals!

I highly recommend this book for your holiday reading!

For more information on Judy's books, check out her website at http://www.judyduarte.com/

I received a copy of this book for review from Nancy Berland Public Relations. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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Mary (Bookfan) said...

Most of the books I read in December have a Christmas theme. This sounds like a great one to add to my TBR list. Thanks for reviewing it, Sharon, because I hadn't heard of it before!