GIVEAWAY and Reviews: Always Noel / Cinder Bella


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About the Book

When all seems lost, a Christmas miracle walks in… 

Albany, Oregon 
December, 1937 

Despite the lingering Depression, Albany, Oregon is lit up for Christmas. The entire town is bright with hope ushered in with the holiday season. But Jane Scott’s dream for the perfect Christmas is ruined. She’s accepted to the University of Oregon, yet denied the scholarship that would allow her to attend. On top of that her boyfriend, Jack Arthur, stands her up just when she needs him most. Faced with not earning a teaching degree she wonders if she could be happy living life as her mother has—as a woman contented with all things domestic. As each day seems darker, Jane’s strength and faith is tested. 

Feeling as though everything she had counted on is fading away, she flounders for an anchor. Little by little the Scott family Christmas traditions and a benefactor’s encouragement remind her of what the season is all about, what she is all about. Can plans for a new job pay enough for tuition? Does Jack’s mysterious absence mean the end of their future together? Is a Christmas miracle on the way?

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My Review

Yay! Another Christmas story from Kathleen Shoop! Always Noel, ‘Tis the Season book 4, is just as sweet, entertaining, and meaningful as the previous book in the series. This is a novella of less than 100 pages, so it’s a fast read.


I expect to be inspired while reading a Christmas tale and wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed the 1937 Oregon setting, and quickly connected to Jane Scott. Even though the holidays are approaching, Jane is disappointed that her dreams and her personal life aren’t making her feel very festive. But maybe a Christmas miracle is on its way…


This feel-good, fast-paced story is sure to swell your heart and put a smile on your face. I’m loving this series and can’t wait to read more of Kathleen’s work.


First Line: This was it.

Page Count: 70

Genre: Holiday Fiction


Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book.



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About the Book

Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3)
She never had anything. 
He lost everything. 
Together they create a Christmas to remember. 

December, 1893
Shadyside, Pennyslvania 

Bella Darling lives in a cozy barn at Maple Grove, an estate owned by industrialist Archibald Westminster. The Westminster family is stranded overseas and have sent word to relieve all employees of their duties except Margaret, the pregnant maid, James the butler, and Bella. Content with borrowed books and a toasty home festooned with pine boughs and cinnamon sticks, she coaxes the old hens to lay eggs--extraordinary eggs. Bella yearns for just one thing—someone to share her life with. Always inventive, she has a plan for that. She just needs the right egg into the hands of the right man. 

Bartholomew Baines, a Harvard-educated banker, is reeling in the aftermath of his bank's collapse. With his friends and fiancé ostracizing him for what he thought was an act of generosity, he is penniless and alone. A kind woman welcomes him into her boarding house under conditions that he reluctantly accepts. Completely undone by his current, lowly position, and by the motley crew of fellow boarders who view him as one of them, Bartholomew wrestles with how to rebuild. 

With the special eggs as the impetus, the first meeting between Bella and Bartholomew gives each the wrong idea about the other. And when the boarding house burns down a week before Christmas it’s Bella who is there to lend a hand. She, Margaret, and James invite the homeless group to stay at the estate through the holidays. But as Christmas draws closer, eviction papers arrive. Maple Grove is being foreclosed upon. Can Bella work her magic and save their Christmas? Is the growing attraction between Bella and Bartholomew enough for them to see past their differences? Only time will tell and only if time doesn’t run out before they all have the Christmas of their lives.

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My Review

I love stories with a festive Christmas setting!


Cinder Bella (‘Tis the Season book 3) is such a touching tale that oozes with positivity and celebratory spirit. I enjoyed the historical 1893 Pennsylvania setting, and especially Bella’s infectious upbeat nature. It is effortless to connect with her as she fills the story with her warm personality. The special message is conveyed in such a kind-hearted and meaningful way, showcasing what it means to truly be fulfilled.


This Christmas story will seep into your heart and mind, quickly transporting you to the 1892 Christmas season. It is beautifully written, beautifully conveyed. 


First Line: Bella’s breath caught.

Page Count: 228

Genre: Holiday Fiction


Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book.



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About the Author

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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  1. My favorite Christmas tradition is blasting Christmas music while trimming the tree with family.

  2. My favorite Christmas tradition is just having the extended family together for a few hours just hanging out.

  3. My favorite Christmas tradition is making Christmas cookies together and decorating them all.
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