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The Christmas Wager

By: Holly Cassidy

ISBN: 978-0593544051

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Publication Date: 09/26/2023

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR (ARC)



From a bestselling Canadian author comes a delightful enemies-to-lovers holiday rom-com set in the quaint town of Maple Falls, about a city girl and a small-town boy who compete in the town's annual holiday games in order to win the right price for a Christmas shop, perfect for fans of The Hating Game and One Day in December.

One rivalry. Eight days until Christmas. Let the holiday games begin.

When L.A.-based real estate developer Bella Ross arrives in the sleepy, mountain town of Maple Falls, she has one mission: to acquire the local failing Christmas shop, Always Noelle, securing the promotion of her dreams. Nothing can get in her way. Except the shop owner’s stubborn grandson, Jesse Harrison.

Both refuse to budge, until an unlikely wager is struck: Bella and Jesse will compete in the Maple Falls Holiday Games, an annual tradition of eccentric feats of strength and skills. Winner decides the selling price. They’ll give each other a run for their money, but as the competition heats up, Bella and Jesse’s icy feelings toward each other begin to thaw. It’ll take a Christmas miracle for them to admit there’s a spark, but what if it’s just another game?

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THE CHRISTMAS WAGER by Holly Cassidy aka @hannahmarymckinnon releases on September 26, 2023 and I can’t wait to read this sweet, charming, and hilarious holiday romantic-comedy.

It might not be the holidays yet, but THE CHRISTMAS WAGER is available for pre-order now. Check out her thrillers while you’re there.

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“Holly Cassidy’s The Christmas Wager is full of my favorite things: enemies-to-lovers; a quaint small town; a high stakes competition (thanks to the town’s annual holiday games); and enough Christmas cheer to power Santa’s sleigh. Full of wit and charm, The Christmas Wager is better than a hot cup of cocoa after a fresh snowfall. I was smitten!”

—Karma Brown, author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

“A delightful Christmas story, sure to envelop you in holiday cheer.”

—K.A. Tucker, author of The Simple Wild

“Romance readers are the winner in this spirited holiday romp that turns love into sport in all the best ways.” —Jean Meltzer, author of The Matzah Ball

“As delicious and comforting as a warm cup of cocoa with cinnamon, The Christmas Wager is sure to delight! Holly Cassidy hits every note with Bella’s delightful journey to magical Maple Falls, where she finds belonging and Christmas magic, competes in the adorable holiday games, and finds hope alongside swoony electrician Jesse. Don’t miss out!”

—Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha at Last and Hana Khan Carries On

“Survivor meets the Hallmark Channel but with the fate of a Christmas shop hanging in the balance. This book is for you if you love a good tussle, a spark of romance, and a competition of wills and skills. This isn’t your typical Rom-Com, it’s a Rom-Competition, and I’m here for it.”

—Ann Garvin, author of I Thought You Said This Would Work

"An absolute treat! Like a hot cup of cocoa laced with a shot of Irish cream, it has all the small-town charm of a Hallmark movie and so much more. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. With a clever twist on the rivals to lovers trope, this is one of those cozy rom coms I’ll read again and again—perfect for a cold winter day, long flight, day at the beach, or anytime at all!”

—Meredith Schorr, author of As Seen on TV

About the Author

Holly Cassidy is the pen name for internationally bestselling author Hannah Mary McKinnon. Her suspense novels include The Neighbors, Her Secret Son, Sister Dear, You Will Remember Me, Never Coming Home, and The Revenge List publishing May 2023. McKinnon was born in England, grew up in Switzerland, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and three sons. The Christmas Wager is her first novel writing as Holly Cassidy. WEBSITE

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