October 30, 2017
Treat yourself to ebooks inspired by Hallmark Christmas movies. Enjoy a heartwarming, feel-good story…and find out what happens after the movie ends.
Sometimes getting lost leads you back to what matters most…
Maddie, a marketing executive in New York, is on her way to attend the December wedding of one of her best clients. She’s afraid of flying, and taking her late aunt’s classic Mustang on a road trip seems like fun—until the car breaks down and leaves her stranded in the small town of Christmas Valley.
The first time Kevin meets Maddie, he’s dealing with an accident that left a whole shipment of his Christmas trees scattered across the highway. He hasn’t thought about romance since his wife died: he’s been busy raising a little girl and running a struggling tree farm. But even in the middle of this setback, he’s immediately drawn to Maddie.
As Maddie waits in Christmas Valley for her car to get repaired, she begins to realize that friends and family are at the heart of the holidays—and she can’t deny her growing feelings for Kevin. But sooner or later, she’s going back to her big-city life, and Kevin’s future is uncertain. How can either of them take a chance on love?
This novel includes a free original recipe for Christmas Biscuits with Sugar Plum Jam.
“from page one, her descriptive language was incredibly refreshing in a modern society where the art of description is almost a lost art form in many romance novels. She has a gift of describing things in such vivid detail without overdoing it, and while this was the first of her books that I read, I doubt it will be my last.” – Ruth at My Devotional Thoughts, 5 Stars
“I need Hallmark to make every single Christmas movie into a book immediately, because Love You Like Christmas was FANTASTIC. I love Hallmark movies, because of the feeling they evoke when you watch. I’m always crying and smiling and talking to the TV, it’s a big production, so of course I had to give this book a shot. It outdid the movie, tenfold.” – Carlene at Carlene Inspired, 5 Stars
“She also added a ton of humor to the characters’ inner thoughts (Maddie, specifically) that I found myself grinning as I read it. I love a book that can make me laugh!” – Heather at Amazon, 5 Stars
“Reading about it, made me think a lot about fun things… It also made me think about the fact that people don’t have so much fun as before. When I was little, I used to have a lot of fun… Now, people are too busy to enjoy life.” – **potential spoilers in full review** Christina at Goodreads, 5 Stars
“A sweet, charming, feel good book and movie to get you in the spirit of the holiday season!” – Kerry at Goodreads, 5 Stars
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Not sure how the book is different from the movie? Watch this sneak peek from the movie, then read the clip from the book below!
Snippet from Love You Like Christmas
He led her directly to the chair. By the time her boots were off and ready to dry, he’d stoked the embers left from this morning back into flames and pressed a mug of hot chocolate in her hands. Her sock-covered toes were curled and tucked under her, and the fact that she was half-sitting on them was the lone reason he didn’t have them in his lap warming them in his hands.
Rowdy was curled up next to her, and no doubt the lucky dog was sharing her body heat. Maddie rubbed his ears and buried her fingers in his fur. “Where’s Jo?”
Ah, Kevin probably should have texted his daughter the moment he’d seen Maddie. Then again, he wasn’t sure he wanted Jo becoming any more attached than she already was—if it wasn’t already too late. He didn’t know what to do about that. One moment he wanted to encourage Jo to know Maddie since it made his daughter so happy, the next he was remembering how hard it had been losing JoAnne. It had been even harder trying to convey to a six-year-old little girl why her mom had never come home from the grocery store.
“Jo went over to Pam’s looking for you,” Kevin said.
“I really want to see her before I go,” Maddie replied, uncertainty in her voice.
He nodded. As much as he wanted to protect his daughter’s heart, surely saying goodbye was better than a sudden disappearance. He was out of his depth here. Teaching Jo about survival, growing trees—all that was in his element. These other issues creeping up on him were things he didn’t know how to handle. There were other things—Jo’s height. She’d shot above all of her classmates over summer and had been slumping all through this first semester. Maddie had come along, and in a day Jo had been standing tall and proud like the girl he knew. What was going to happen next year, and how would he fix the new problems that would inevitably arise? What would he do when she got older and had girl-related questions and was in need of someone she trusted to talk things over with? He shuddered in fear of that day’s arrival. She had Pam—Holly, of course, too—but there was something special about Maddie that Jo had gravitated to.
“You’ve, uh, made a very big impression on her,” he offered, conflicted about stressing the gravity of that impression.
“I wasn’t sure I had a maternal bone in my body, but I’m really going to miss her.”
A softness filled her eyes and sadness pulled at her mouth. The way she looked punched him in the gut, and he felt the ripples of that impact slam into the rest of him as well. It was going to be hard on Jo when Maddie left. As for himself, he wasn’t sure he understood how he would feel.
The fire crackled and sparked. He stared into the melting marshmallows floating atop his chocolatey drink. It offered no advice, no options, no answers.
“So,” Maddie said brightly, looking everywhere in the living room except at him. “How are my trees doing?”
“Right. Your trees.” He laughed. Thank goodness. This was a discussion where he had footing. “They’re pretty straight stock. I’ll make sure to give them some special attention.”
A smile teased at her lips, but her eyes were downcast. “And what’s happening with the farm?”
Now this was a part of the farm he’d rather not talk about—the failure part, losing generations of investment, all of it circling the drain on his watch.
“You know, the flood took its toll. A lot of the smaller farms are going under.”
They were right there on the edge, so close to holding on this year. If the weather behaved through next year and he could hook some buyers back, they would be okay. There were a lot of ifs and hopes—it was difficult to maintain optimism. The banks were knocking, and his wallet was emptying. He wasn’t going to discuss the looming doom with Maddie.
“I think we’ll be okay so long as we get to the end of the year.”
“I hope so. This place is so idyllic. I didn’t know places like this actually existed.”
“You going a little country?”
She glanced away from him. “I have more facets than my wardrobe suggests.”
“I know that.” He shook his head, wishing that the action could somehow keep his mouth shut. He prayed that he’d not brought up this disaster of a conversation again. He’d been an utter jerk with his bluntness, and he hoped she knew he didn’t think of her as completely cold and unfeeling. “I know.”
“Well, I couldn’t tell by your coffee shop critique,” she said.
He nodded. Now he was the one who found it difficult to make eye contact. Without her attention constantly on her dinging phone, could she not feel the charge in the air, the energy that pulled him near? He’d wished she could ignore her phone for a little bit. It hadn’t buzzed since he’d picked her up off the side of the road. Getting uninterrupted time with her did things to him—things that increased the longing in his blood.
“I think it hurt because I know it’s true.”
Wait, what? He met her gaze, but she seemed lost in her thoughts.
“Christmas, kids, stray dogs.” She shook her head. “All that was never for me, but now I’m not so sure.”
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