To Read or Not to Read … Read! – November 2020

Posted November 25, 2020 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 10 Comments


Sophia's To Read or Not

Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review post.

Holiday Shorties

Candidate #1


All I Want For Christmas is You by Ros Clarke
Contemporary Romance


Last night, Anna Gardner was the life of the office Christmas party—right up until she threw herself at gorgeous advertising executive playboy, Hugh Munro. Again. Last year, Hugh let her pretend their passionate kiss never happened, but this year he’s determined to make Anna admit she wants him as much as he wants her.

Except, Hugh doesn’t know the office party is the only night of the year his friend lets her hair down. That every hour she’s away from the office is spent caring for her sickly mother. That her mother’s condition, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is hereditary.

When Hugh finds out what she’s been hiding, he’s forced to do some serious soul-searching. It’s not fair to Anna or her mother for him to get involved casually, but casual relationships are all he knows. Can he prove to himself—and to Anna—that she’s all he wants for Christmas?

Candidate #2


Joyfully Yours by Amy Lamont
Contemporary Romance


When fate keeps throwing a handsome good Samaritan in her path, musician Faith Leary needs a little holiday magic to help her see he’s perfect for her.

A musician and a priest walk into a grocery store—singer Faith Leary thinks this is a better opening for an off-color joke than a recipe for romance, until she finds herself ogling Father Michael in the checkout line the day before Thanksgiving.

When Father Michael first steps in to bail Faith out of her financial jam, Faith thinks she’s being picked up at the grocery store. Right up until she catches sight of the black shirt and tab collar. Since not much in her life is going her way lately, it doesn’t come as much of a shock when Michael turns up at her mother’s Thanksgiving dinner. What does come as a surprise is the attraction that springs up between them. If only he weren’t a priest, he would be perfect for her.

Faith’s sister finds Father Michael attractive, too, and she’s making no bones about it. Scenes from the Thorn Birds flitting through her head, it comes as a relief to Faith to find out Michael is not exactly what he seems. It’s good news until she realizes her sister is a far better match for him than her screw-up self could ever be. But if that’s true, why does Michael insist on seeing only the good in Faith, no matter how often she falls short of her too perfect sister?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

I am all for the holiday books right now, but the second one called to me. It looks cozier.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

I can’t seem to narrow it down so I’m glad to use a vote pick to help. I get in the mood for a holiday read each week and then I’m done until next year. LOL

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

Both of these sound adorable, but I am leading towards the top one a bit more. I hope you enjoy whichever one you grab up!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, it is hard to pick. 🙂

1 year ago

They’re both new to me but they look nice!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

I thought so, too, Melliane.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I have such a pile of holiday books I’m reading for HoHoHoRAT. I hope you enjoy!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, I’m trying to get through a stack for the RAT, too. I’ll still have a couple afterward and then I’ll probably holiday booked out. LOL

Carole Rae
1 year ago


Sophia Rose
1 year ago
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