cover image Mistletoe and Mr. Right

Mistletoe and Mr. Right

Sarah Morgenthaler. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-4926-9316-1

The endearing second rom-com in Morgenthaler’s Moose Springs, Alaska series (after The Tourist Attraction) pairs the divorced proprietor of the local pool hall with a lonely Alaska newcomer. When Lana Montgomery comes to Moose Springs to build a luxury condo complex, she’s met with suspicion and hostility from the locals—all save for the lovably nerdy Rick Harding, who’s willing to give the dazzling Lana a chance. Rick, a folksy animal lover who dresses his pet hedgehog in Christmas-themed outfits for the holidays, worries that property czar Lana is too sophisticated to return his affections. But they share a common passion: the offbeat town of Moose Springs itself. Rick musters the courage to ask Lana out, leading to a first date in an eerie B and B restaurant straight out of The Shining. Morgenthaler’s description of that disastrous outing is sure to prompt belly laughter from readers. Meanwhile, in a quirky subplot, Lana hopes to win over the rest of the townsfolk by capturing the elusive Santa Moose, a rampaging animal that destroys the town’s Christmas decorations year after year. Tight plotting, hilarious supporting characters—especially grumpy diner owner Graham and his sunny girlfriend, Zoey—and adorable romance will keep readers turning the pages. This holiday rom-com can be enjoyed at any time of year. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary. (Oct.)