If you’ve read and/or purchased Christmas on 4th Street, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought. If you’ve purchased a print copy, I have a limited supply of autographed bookplates I can send for your copy. Leave a comment below and I will contact you to send your bookplate.
I decided a while back that there is a secret club romance authors have never told us readers about. In this club, they get together and decide that when writing Christmas romance books they will scale back the steam considerably. So, if you have an author like Susan who is typically 20-30 shades of gray, those shades are dialed back to about 5-10 for the Christmas book. I don’t understand the phenomenon, but that is usually the reason I will never enjoy a Christmas romance from a favorite author as much as their other books.
I’m happy to report this book is the exception. If you’ve read my previous posts, Two of A Kind is my favorite Fool’s Gold romance to date. I loved Gideon and Felicia. I suppose then it’s only natural that I’m going to love this book since it’s the romance of Gideon’s twin brother Gabriel and Noelle, owner of the Christmas store in FG. This book gives us lots more of Gideon and Felicia (loved her freak out about cooking Thanksgiving dinner) as well as introducing us to Gabriel and Gideon’s parents.
Gabriel is on leave due to a hand injury. He is also suffering from some burnout. He meets Noelle and decides to help her out in her store through Christmas – mostly to avoid spending a lot of time with his parents and especially his father (the scene where his father finally tries to connect with Gabriel – too funny yet sweet). Noelle and Gabriel each have their own demons to overcome and are going about them in different ways. Gabriel feels it’s best to live life alone so you’re not hurt when someone dies. Noelle feels you should live life to the fullest because you never know when it will end. Watching her unknowingly yet eventually winning Gabriel over to her side of thinking is sweet and perfect for a Christmas romance.
Now – why did I LOVE this book compared to other Christmas books enough to go to 5 stars? First, the story is so good and engaging you don’t miss the steam typical of a FG romance. Second, I love the fact that the town refuses to bow to political correctness and decides to call their tree a CHRISTMAS TREE!! That whole section of the book was great. Finally, Eddie and Gladys. Do I have to say more? Their comments at the end of the book had me laughing out loud. Note to Susan – I will be first in line to by “The Butts of Fool’s Gold” calendar. Just sayin’.
Fool’s Gold is the land of happy endings so of course you know how it will end, but it doesn’t matter because it’s worth the ride. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did.
I have a limited supply of autographed bookplates that can be inserted into Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook. If you purchase a printed copy, please comment below and I will get in touch with you to send you your bookplate. The bookplates are physically signed by Susan. My supply is limited! If you would like a $2 coupon to purchase the book, comment below and I will get it to you. If you purchase the book at Target, there is bonus content included (2 extra recipes and a letter from Susan). Enjoy!
Rating – 4 of 5 stars
I admit that I am the person who will buy a cookbook with lots of plans to cook so many recipes in it only to wind up only trying one or two. I plan to make a concerted effort to make several recipes from this book because they look so good and simple. Despite the fact I received this cookbook free, I would have gone out and bought it because a. It’s from Susan Mallery b. It includes a FG novella, and c. It looks pretty and I am one of those people who would buy it based on that as well.
Let’s start with the romance. It’s rated G so no worries about having kids looking at the cookbook and getting an eyeful of something they shouldn’t. I love that the characters fall in love while trying to put together this cookbook. Continuing with the theme of this year’s books, the characters also have a past and that plays into the romance as well. For FG fans or newbies, the back of the cookbook contains a listing of all the FG books to date and all the characters involved. Awesome!
As for the cookbook itself, I love the way it is laid out!!! The book is divided by the four seasons and each season is then divided into two sections based on the season (i.e. Summer is divided by Warm Weather meals and Picnics and Parties). Each section is color coded making it easier to skip to where you want to be. This week, I’m cooking the Seared Chicken with Lemon Spinach – it only takes about 15 minutes to cook! The desserts in the book look divine and I’ll be testing the Classic Guiness gingerbread among others. The back of the book contains conversion charts which I always find helpful.
Overall, Susan shares some wonderful recipes and a heartfelt story and I loved it!
Woohoo! Three Little Words debuted at #2 (even though it’s tied for #1) on the NYT Bestsellers List. This is such awesome news, not only for Susan, but for all of us who have cheered for her this summer. This is our last week of cheering for the summer and I want to go out strong, so here’s how you can help. If you do any of these please leave a comment below so I can track it:
- Buy Just One Kiss, Two of a Kind, or Three Little Words. Here are links for Amazon and B&N.
- If you’ve read the books, please leave a review on Amazon and/or B&N. Susan’s goal is to have 400 reviews of Three Little Words by Sunday!
- “Like” Susan on Facebook
- Sign up for Susan’s mailing list
If you prefer print copies of books, there is a $1 off coupon available for Three Little Words. Leave a comment below and I can send it to you.
It’s not hard cheering for an author whose books I love and I truly believe this summer’s Fool’s Gold books have been the best yet!
So tell me below if you’ve read any of her Fool’s Gold books yet and what you thought. If you haven’t read any yet, have I convinced you to try one??
Rating – 4.5 of 5 stars (For the cover picture I’m using the one I took of my copy in Toronto. This was taken on the Toronto Islands with the CN Tower in the background – TLW goes international!)
Here are my three little words – I LOVED IT! Denise Hendrix finally gets her wish as her last two single sons, Ford and Kent, finally find love. Getting two romances in one book is just icing on this cake. Isabel Beebe used to write Ford when he was away in the military. He never responded – not once. So, her letters became more of a diary as she wrote to him. Why should she be nervous when they meet each other again? Oh yeah – because he’s her personal diary and knows more than any man probably wants to know about a girl. Isabel also hasn’t had much zing in her love life – she and her husband are divorced since he realized he was gay. Ford changes that for her and shows her “what all the fuss is about.” Their romance is sweet and I love the AHA! moment Ford has realizing he’s in love.
Secondary to Ford and Isabel, is the romance of Kent and Consuelo. Poor Kent – he’s been around Fool’s Gold for a while now and I’m so happy he finally finds his HEA. See – nice guys don’t always finish last! The greatest part of this romance is that Kent and Consuelo feel they are undeserving of the other for different reasons and their path to working that out is sweet.
Other characters we know and love pop up throughout the book. Yes, we get some Felicia (I LOVE HER) and without giving it away, her conversation made me giggle. I love her straight-forward approach to everything. And once again, Eddie and Gladys are back with their antics and had me in tears!! Denise will have to join their group now that she doesn’t need to spend her time finding spouses for her children.
I’m not writing more about the story – I don’t want to spoil anything. I loved this book and want everyone to enjoy it as much as I did. This summer of the bodyguards has been incredible and these have been my favorite books of the entire series.
Susan Mallery has really found a magical formula for making a great series. Great characters, sense of community and family, and happy endings make Fool’s Gold one of my go to places every summer. I’m just ecstatic that I don’t have to whine yet about having to wait until next year for my fix. There will be a cookbook and a Christmas book coming out later this year. Yay!
Sound off below – what Three Little Words do you say about this book? Have you visited Fool’s Gold yet? If not, have I convinced you to try it?
With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.
Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.
When I was younger, I had a deep and abiding love for a celebrity who shall remain nameless. I wasn’t the kind of girl to hang his picture in my locker or cover my room with his posters – ours was a private love. I grew up in LA, and my dad worked in TV, so I was convinced that my one true love and I would one day meet. And when we did, I didn’t want him to think that I was like the millions of silly girls who had a crush on him. They didn’t know him. I did. My love was real, and as soon as we met, he would recognize me as his soulmate.
Back then, I didn’t tell anyone how I felt because our love was sacred. Today, I still won’t confess his name because, frankly, I’m embarrassed. What was I thinking?! He wasn’t very smart, only marginally cute, and he ran like a girl. (There’s your one hint – he was on a TV show that required running. And he had dark hair. Two hints, but that’s it.)
In THREE LITTLE WORDS, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, Isabel Beebe knows all about embarrassing crushes, though hers wasn’t on a celebrity. When Isabel was 14, she had a crush on Ford Hendrix, her sister’s then-fiancé. Worse, Ford knew how she felt because when her sister broke up with him, Isabel chased after him, sobbing, begging him not to leave. And when he joined the Navy, she wrote him dozens of long, impassioned letters.
Over the years, her letters became less like teenage love letters and more like a “Dear Diary” kind of thing, but that brings its own special twist of humiliation. Because now Ford is back in Fool’s Gold to open a bodyguard-training facility, and this dangerously sexy ex-Navy SEAL knows all her most embarrassing secrets. He knows about her first kiss. He knows when she lost her virginity and where (*cough* inthebackofatruck *cough*).
All summer, Isabel has been ducking around corners to hide from Ford, but as THREE LITTLE WORDS begins, she’s decided that enough is enough. Fool’s Gold is too small for her to avoid him forever, especially since he just rented the place next door.
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Who was your embarrassing teenage crush? Why are you embarrassed?