Monday, September 14, 2015

Christmas in Hiding

GIVEAWAY

NOLAN, CATE
CHRISTMAS IN HIDING

Christmas in witness protection

After her ex-boyfriend's murder, Callie Martin has no choice but to trade her quiet life as a kindergarten teacher for the witness protection program. It's US Marshal Jackson Walker's job to keep Callie safe, but the men who would do her harm just keep getting closer and closer. Either someone on the inside is betraying Callie, or she's lying to Jackson about her involvement. So he decides to go off the grid, spiriting her away to the remote Vermont countryside at Christmas. Jackson wants to trust her, but with danger dogging their every move, he'll have to use all his energy to keep her alive.


My Review:

Cate Nolan brings a fresh, vibrant voice to the Love Inspired Suspense line up in this debut Christmas novel.

I could totally relate to Callie. She has this child-like exuberance that can't be squelched for long. And it's contagious -- even though Jackson tries so valiantly to guard against it. Love how her faith sustains her. She has realistic reactions to the terrifying situations she finds herself in but she also has the ability to regroup and find things to appreciate during the most difficult times. "You could build a life snatching small moments like these so long as you took the time to appreciate them and give thanks." (p.97)

That optimism keeps Jackson off-kilter. Callie draws him in despite all his efforts to remain professionally aloof. In fact, you might say Jackson is the Grinch to Callie's Cindy Lou Who. He's a hyper vigilant grouch running on fumes but he can't help appreciating Callie's resiliency. And he's reluctant to admit it comes from her faith. I adored watching him slowly melt under the force of her infectious personality.

Christmas in witness protection doesn't sound very festive -- especially when you're running for your life -- but Nolan does an amazing job of infusing the Christmas spirit into every aspect of this story. In fact, the season almost takes on the persona of a secondary character and that made this read so much fun! Honestly, the best mix of Christmas and romantic suspense ever!!!!!

Action-packed and heart-warming. A holiday read to remember.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Christmas in Hiding please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 20 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

32 comments:

  1. Oh, how I love these holiday suspense books! I'm not familiar with this author, so thanks for helping me get acquainted with her work. Love the Grinch line...can't wait to meet Grinchy ole Jackson! And sweet Cindy Lou Who, too! Lol, Kav!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. This is truly the best holiday suspense book I've read. Christmas isn't in the background -- it's front and centre all the way. Good luck, Diana.

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  2. Christmas in Hiding sounds wonderful! I love holiday stories and am adding this one to my wish list. Thank you, Kav, for the delightful review and giveaway.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. Good luck.

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  3. Action-packed and heart-warming. A holiday read to remember.
    That's my kind of book! !
    dkstevensneAT outlookD OtCOm

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  4. Would love to win this giveaway. I enjoy the LI Suspense novels and this one sounds like a good one. Thanks for the review!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It's really, really, really good, Charity. Good luck.

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  5. Oh boy , a Christmas book featured ! I absolutely love Christmas books so it's so exciting this time of year to see all the new ones. The cover is gorgeous and I love edge of my seat suspense !
    Deanne
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. I love Christmas books too and love starting to read them early. I think I have about four others in my TBR pile. And this one is so Christmasy I still humming Carols. Good luck, Deanne.

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  6. Yes a Christmas book. Another author I need to add to my must read list.kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. A never-ending list, Kim. Good luck.

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    2. Yup this summer I have taken on reading authors that I would not have read before part of my Bucket list.

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  7. I was really looking forward to reading Cate Nolan's debut novel and after your review I am more excited than ever. And a Christmas book too! Double exciting! cregnier(at)twinvalley(dot)net

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    1. It really is, Cindy. And such a good book. Good luck.

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  8. this looks like everything I adore about Christmas and Christmasy books :) carriemschmidt (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Yeppers -- I loved the Christmas vibe. Made me almost yearn for snow. Almost. Good luck.

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  9. Sounds like a good book to read with a cup of hot cocoa,. sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. And maybe a sugar cookie or two. LOL Good luck, Karen.

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  10. Christmas and suspense? Perfect!
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. You got that right. Good luck, Susan.

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  11. I love the witness protection story lines... so many possibilities for danger and romance! Great review, Kav. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. And there's plenty of both in this one. Good luck, Merry.

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  12. I'm pretty sure Cate is a fairly new LIS author & this being her debut book :-) I've already won this on a different blog & probably won't get it until it releases in October, but I wanted to see what you thought of it, Kav. I like that the hero & heroine are on opposite sides, it always creates such interesting sparks! And I love to see a character grow in their faith, always interesting to see how an author plays it out in a suspense...it either makes or breaks a person. Glad to see that Cate has a good balance of everything, this is sure to please my readers heart! Can't wait to get my hands on this one when it arrives :-)
    Blessings to you, Kav, and thanks for all the great reviews you do. Always a delight to read!

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    1. You're going to love it, Trixi. And the Christmas theme is just icing on the cake. Love this book to bits.

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  13. I tend to worry about Christmas themed stories being too cliche or singularly focused. Your review was very enthusiastic and I have learned to trust your opinion since I have seen some common reading interests. Thanks, Kav.

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Definitely not clichéd -- and the romance and suspense punctuate the Christmas scenes -- great combination. Really. Good luck, Terrill.

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  14. Nothing beats a good Christmas novel. I love that time of year. Thank you for giving your opinon.

    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. I agree -- and this one is extra special because it's the first Christmas story of the year!!!! Good luck, Amy.

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  15. A very interesting plot! I always enjoy reading books against the backdrop of the Christmas season. This sounds riveting. My personal worst nightmare: the witness protection program!!! I will put this on my list for sure!

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    1. I know -- can you imagine giving up everything and everyone you know???? Starting over? Not so much fun in real life but makes great fiction. Good luck, Sue.

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