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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: Berry the Evidence (Cranberry Cove, #7) by Peg Cochran

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Berry the Evidence (Cranberry Cove, #7) by Peg Cochran takes place in Cranberry Cove, where it's autumn.  Things start to get toasty when Monica's stepmom, Gina, arrives at her house and is frantic.  Gina had fallen asleep in her realtor's car.  When she woke up, Rip was dead from a gunshot, and Gina refuses to go to the police.  Monica decides to investigate in hopes of keeping her stepmom safe.

A big thank you goes out to NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing for the Advanced Readers Copy of Berry the Evidence (Cranberry Cove, #7) by Peg Cochran.  I was happy to receive this ebook for free in exchange for my honest review.

I wasn't familiar with the author, Peg Cochran, prior to reading Berry the Evidence, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  The novel was well written and paced perfectly.  I felt like I was right there in the town as I read the book.  Although it's the seventh book in the series, Berry the Evidence can be read as a stand alone.

The majority of the characters were extremely likable.  The only exception to that was Janice who was overbearing with her know it all attitude and pregnancy myths.  With that being said, the people that lived in Cranberry Cove seemed to have such a great community, and I'd love to live there and be friends with several of the characters.

There really isn't anything negative I can say about Berry the Evidence except that it seemed like Monica was constantly taking her dog for a walk.  I kept expecting a plot twist on one of these walks, but there wasn't any.

Overall, I really enjoyed Berry the Evidence (Cranberry Cove, #7) by Peg Cochran.  It was exactly what I needed to read . . . light and fun.  I give it four out of five stars, and I look forward to reading all the books that came before this one in the series.

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