cover image Marry Me at Christmas

Marry Me at Christmas

Susan Mallery. HQN, $17.99 trade paperback (336p) ISBN 978-0-373-78850-7

Mallery's fun and inviting 19th novel set in Fool's Gold, Calif. (after Thrill Me) richly layers deft characterization onto a charming, interconnected community. When bridal shop owner Madeline Krug agrees to plan a wedding for a local groom and his out-of-town bride, she ends up working side by side with the bride's brother, movie star Jonny Blaze. Jonny craves solitude and loves the tiny town, but he doesn't expect to fall hard for a girl-next-door type. After Madeline gets over being starstruck, she falls in love with Jonny for himself. The only question is whether she can handle the ramifications of his fame. Series fans will love this glittering installment. (Oct.)