mercoledì 16 dicembre 2015

Review & Giveaway: A Snowy White Christmas by Josie Riviera


A Snowy White Christmas
by Josie Riviera

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GENRE:  Contemporary Romance (sweet)

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BLURB:

Margaret Snow doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but as a devoted mother she’s determined to give her five-year-old daughter a Christmas filled with heart-warming memories.

The once successful LA swimsuit model returns to her small upstate New York town to buy back the foreclosed trailer she once called home. Her menagerie of rescue animals travel with her.

She doesn’t expect to see her former high school sweetheart, the athletic, ever-popular, and decisive Fernando Brandt.

Sparks fly when she realizes that the teenage hockey star is now a successful Realtor who is also interested in her dilapidated trailer for reasons of his own.

But can she resist the handsome, charismatic Prince Charming a second time?

And can she surrender her insecurities and accept the true gift of Christmas, finally feeling worthy of unconditional love?
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My Review:


I have decided to read this story fascinated by the title and the cover, I was expecting a story sweet and romantic and I was not disappointed at all. There are many appreciated references to  my favorite fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Margaret Snow doesn't believe in fairy tales and hates Christmas. Her childhood was very sad: her father was always drunk and her mother was busy dealing with her husband. She never found a hot meal cooked by her mother, to her house there was never a Christmas tree. At eighteen, after discovering she was pregnant, had decided to leave her town and grow her little girl alone. She wanted to offer a better future to her daughter. She tried to be a model and actress in Los Angeles with some success but not too many. She ha returned in her city to organize the parade of Christmas. Never imagined having to meet again with Fernando, her high school sweetheart and father of her child. Margaret is tormented not want to let him know about their child but can not stay away from him. Will they give a second chance to their love and  build a wonderful family?
The characters are warm and lovable. Margaret loves her independence and her self-sufficiency. She has made many sacrifices for her daughter,  has also accepted jobs that she  hates. She has so much need of love, needs a Prince Charming who, with a kiss, melt the ice that surrounds her heart. Fernando has changed so much, now is a successful real estate agent, is no longer a kid who liked only parties and get drunk. He's really fascinating, sexy and very kind. Amelie is a very sweet girl, always cheerful and kind. She makes so much tenderness. I love also sweet animals with some handicaps of which Margaret takes care.
It 's a compelling and heartwarming story, full of emotion.  It's perfect to be read during the Christmas period.
I recommend it to those who love sweet and romantic stories




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EXCERPT:



All the poise and modeling classes were forgotten in the space of a second.

Fernando. Fernando. Fernando. It couldn’t be, not after all these years. She drew in a breath and held it.

He brushed a hand through his dark hair, dampened from the icy weather. “I heard you were back in town.”

She swallowed. How did a man look so put together in this type of weather? Her voice returned and matched her shaking body. “You live in Owanda?”

“I thought I did, although you’re making me question it.” He looked around, a slight smile gracing his mouth. “Remember we lived two blocks from each other?”

Except she’d lived in the double-wide trailer at the edge of a trailer park and he’d lived in a cozy bungalow with white shingles and a red front door. She looked off for a moment, needing to focus on something else, anything else. Grumpy appeared to be sleeping.

“How could I ever forget?” she asked.

Fleeting hurt dimmed his gaze, but the smile remained. “You forgot quickly, actually.” He took a step forward, seemed to think better of getting closer, and halted. “I’ve missed you.” He glanced at the parrot. “Don’t tell me, let me guess. He’s blind.”

“Deaf.”

“Does he talk?”

“No, but sometimes he sings off-key.” She looked pointedly toward the street. “Probably because he’s speechless at the terrible weather.”

Fernando laughed. “It’s not so bad here. Summers are very pleasant.”




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amazon Bestselling Author, Josie Riviera, is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). She writes contemporary and historical sweet and Christian romances. She’s a transplanted New Yorker now living in the sunny Carolinas. She has three grown children and shares the empty nest with her husband and the family dog.

Josie's an expert at board games and a compulsive reader of every genre, especially romance. In her spare time, she eats Peppermint Patties because they're lower in calories than other chocolate candy.

You can email her at josieriviera@aol.com

She ALWAYS answers.


 Tweet me at@Josieriviera

Visit my blog, The Italian Blog, for recipes and updates at josieriviera.wordpress.com

Other Books by Josie Riviera:

Seeking Patience (Regency) http://tinyurl.com/a9nnbwy

Seeking Catherine (Tudor Novella) http://tinyurl.com/9cka84m

We'd Rather be Writing http://amzn.com/B01638N5PO

Lightning Strikes http://amzn.com/B0090MXP0Q


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE


Josie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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9 commenti:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting A Snowy White Christmas on your blog today! http://amzn.com/B017C0FVK4

    What is your favorite fairy tale?

    A Snowy White Christmas is loosely based on the fairy tale, Snow White, and Margaret, the heroine, is said to be Snow White's original name. But that's where the similarities end because this novella explores childhood deafness, dwarfism, pets with deformities (yes, a deaf parrot) and sickle cell sickness.

    Readers are saying that A Snowy White Christmas reads like a Hallmark movie. Please leave a comment and hope you enjoy this "sweet" Christmas novella.

    http://amzn.com/B017C0FVK4

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  2. Risposte
    1. Thank you! I worked hard to make this novella an emotional connection for the reader.

      Elimina
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    1. Shandie,
      You are very welcome. Thank YOU!

      Elimina
  4. The cover is absolutely gorgeous!
    The blurb sounded interesting, but not overly so; your review, though, made the book sound very promising. I do love Christmas romance stories and the main characters do sound positive and pleasing :)
    I have two top favourite fairytales: the very commonly liked Beauty and the Beast and the (from what I've noticed) less known The Wild Swans. I'm always on the lookout for new retellings of these!

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  5. Elisa,
    First, thanks for your compliments. I love my cover artist. She captured the "feel" of Snow White. However, I had to remind her that this was a romance--thus the couple added to the bottom of the dress.

    The heroine's name is Margaret because the original Snow White was named Margaret. And, Snow White was based in Germany, thus Fernando's half-German background. And his twin brother is a dwarf.

    RispondiElimina
  6. I loved this post. Thank you for sharing! I am looking forward to reading it.

    RispondiElimina

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