Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Nutcracker Christmas by Laurie Winter #BookReview #BookTour #Giveaway #ChristmasStory


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Nutcracker Christmas
By Laurie Winter
Sweet Contemporary Romance, Magical
Paperback & ebook, 210 Pages
October 11, 2021 by Champagne Book Group

Suddenly let go from her news anchor position, Aria Roberts heads north to stay at her late Great-Aunt Clara’s house. She has many good memories there and wishes to give Clara’s Christmas Shoppe, which is located on the first floor of the Victorian mansion, one final holiday season. When Aria arrives, she finds the special gift Clara left for her—an antique nutcracker with a poem hidden under the back lever. Aria reads the poem out loud. At sundown that night, those words magically bring the nutcracker to life. 
Kort Zellner awakes inside the familiar surroundings of Clara’s house but learns she has passed away and now her great-niece resides there. The curse placed on him three hundred years ago traps him in the form of a nutcracker but allows him to return every December 1st through midnight on Christmas Day—only between sundown and sunrise. 
After some convincing, Aria believes Kort’s strange story. She helps him experience life as he is gifted so few hours alive and in doing so, falls in love. He knows his curse makes it impossible to give her the constant relationship she deserves. His plan to leave her forever on Christmas Day collides with Aria’s desire to build a future together, even if for only twenty-five nights a year.

My thoughts:  This is a fun book to read during the holiday season.  I loved that the characters were in their middle ages and it was a story about learning to love again after heartbreak.  Kort's heartbreak came from losing his wife and children to centuries cursed to come alive from December 1st through 24th.  Aria is divorced and fired from a job she loved.

The novel has several humorous parts.  The nutcracker disappears from where he was placed and found in the most unusual places.  It was cute to see how Aria dealt with the mystery.

Kort is wary about who to trust with his secret.  He wants Aria to figure it out on her own, just as her Great-Aunt Clara did.  While being a cute holiday story, it is a bit of a tragedy.  The common element is Aunt Clara.  She plays a vital role in their decisions and bringing them together.

I enjoyed this story.  

Source: I received a complimentary copy from Prism Book Tours.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Rating:  4 of 5 stars
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About the Author

Multi-award winning author Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running with her dog, Shadow. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's likely fueling up on wine, cheese curds, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

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One winner will receive a print copy of A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS or ONCE UPON A PRINCE by Laurie Winter, $25 Amazon gift card, and a nutcracker Christmas ornament (US only)

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