Today I am helping in the cover reveal for the upcoming novel Christmas at the Cabin by Rebecca Boxall. I am personally loving this cover! It comes out November 24th, so you can buy a copy of it while you go Black Friday shopping!
A festive, coming-of-age tale about an Oxbridge candidate and a young homeless man who find themselves in the bittersweet predicament of falling in love with exactly the right person at exactly the wrong time.
Well-to-do Jed never imagined he’d end up homeless, but family circumstances have made it his only option. Local vicar, Ben, tries to help him but there’s an element of self-punishment to the homelessness that makes Jed continue to put up with his situation – until disaster leads him to re-consider the vicar’s offer of a place to stay.
Hattie is on the cusp of adulthood, frantically trying to persuade her mum that she doesn’t want to attend an elite university, preferring the idea of pursuing her love of art and textiles. When she meets Jed, she badly wants to understand his circumstances and why, when she has everything at her fingertips, he doesn’t.
Hattie’s mum, Christine, has had a hard life and is desperate for more for her only child. When she meets Ben, the vicar who’s trying to help Jed, she finds an unlikely ally, and the two heartbroken souls find themselves drawn to each other. Until they find their relationship suddenly tested to the limit.
One thing’s for certain: none of these characters is looking forward to Christmas. It’s the worst time of year for each of them, for different reasons. But perhaps this year, the festive season could defy all expectations.
Rebecca Boxall is the award-nominated author of five bestselling novels – Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse. She is also the author of Christmas at the Farmhouse and her popular short story, A Winter’s Day.
Now….. What does the cover look like?????? Keep scrolling to find out!!
Here it is:
About the Author:
Rebecca Boxall was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up in a bustling vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her family and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before she trained as a lawyer and more recently worked at a psychiatric unit.
She is the No. 1 bestselling author of Christmas at the Vicarage and Christmas on the Coast as well as the bestselling writer of Home for Winter, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse, in respect of which she was nominated for the Romantic Novel Awards in 2020. She is also the author of Christmas at the Farmhouse and her popular short story, A Winter’s Day.
The Only Girl in Town
Author: Ally Condie
Narrator: Elena Ray
Published: September 19, 2023
Audiobook: 6 hours 36 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: October 2-5, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars
What would you do if everyone you love disappeared? What if it was your fault?
For July Fielding, nothing has been the same since that summer before senior year.
Once, she had Alex, her loyal best friend, the one who always had her back. She had Sydney, who pushed her during every cross-country run, and who sometimes seemed to know July better than she knew herself. And she had Sam. Sam, who told her she was everything and left her breathless with his touch.
Now, July is alone. Every single person in her small town of Lithia has disappeared. No family. No Alex or Sydney. No Sam. July’s only chance at unraveling the mystery of their disappearance is a series of objects, each a reminder of the people she loved most. And a mysterious GET TH3M BACK.
This book was not what I thought it would be: When I finished it my reaction was “That was depressing”…..
The Only Girl in Town seemed like a YA contemporary with a mystery to it. It is actually a novel that deals with and is also a metaphor for loneliness, detachment, and depression. I really wish I had known that as I wouldn’t have chosen it to listen to. Trigger warnings if you deal with any of those issues: I would stay away from this book because it really brings about those feelings.
I did like that the book had extremely short chapters which kept my interest… Just one more chapter! The writing is verse-like in nature despite the heavy content. I was intrigued as why did everyone disappear and who is leaving the sign up for July to read? But the end result just did not work for me.
We have July as our narrator and the story goes back and forth in time from the here and now and the events that lead up to everyone disappearing. The best part of the novel was her unexpected sidekick Yolo. Yolo is a typical cat and if you love cats like I do then you will adore Yolo! My adoration of Yolo had me giving the book and extra .5 star.
The narrator Elena Ray did a good job portraying July. But there were a few times where there is singing and that was painful for me!
Overall, if you are prepared for the trigger warnings and how you might end up feeling with this book, go for it. You might actually enjoy it. For me the book was all about Yolo![Top]
Who Haunts You
Author: Mark Wheaton
Narrator: Annalee Scott
Published: September 2, 2023
Audiobook: 4 hours 30 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 24-26, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
High school senior Rebecca “Bex” Koeltl is just trying to make it to graduation. But when her fellow seniors begin dying in seemingly unrelated incidents, Bex uncovers disturbing connections between their deaths, including that the teens believed they were haunted by long-dead relatives their own family members swear never existed. After Bex is visited by a malevolent specter of her own, she realizes she has to get the bottom of this horror before she’s its next victim…
Who Haunts You is a short YA novella, at just 174 pages or just 4.5 hours long. It gets a lot in with such a quick story. We have high school students who start mysteriously dying and our female main character Bex just knows she is next. These deaths are not seemingly related, but Bex believes they are as each student claimed they saw relatives that didn’t actually exist.
Bex is also Autistic and I actually learned some about it. I did not know about Stimming and this book brings it up. I also learned after reading the book that the author himself is autistic and he brings autistic characters into his novels. Stimming is a self-stimulatory behavior and consists of repetitive or unusual body movement or noises. Stimming might include hand and finger mannerisms. It can consist of finger-flicking and hand-flapping which is what Bex does.
This novel lets the reader think: Can you believe what you are seeing?
Who Haunts You could be considered YA horror lite. It really is aimed for the YA listener, not the adult who enjoys YA. It could be a great start for the Halloween season for the actual YA reader. I listened to this one while driving and I think that was actually a detriment for me. In my case it was harder for me to follow what was going on with this book. This may be a book a reader needs to actually sit down and read.
Now the narrator Annalee Scott was fabulous! She brought certain characters to life in a very spooky way! She had wonderful voice work with this novel! I think she had fun with this narration.
Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a copy to listen to and review.[Top]