Review: Christmas On Nutcracker Court by Judy Duarte

Christmas On Nutcracker Court by Judy Duarte
Series: Mulberry Park Novel (# 6)
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC provided by Nancy Berland Public Relations

This Christmas, come home to Fairbrook, the setting for Judy Duarte’s uplifting, heartwarming novels, where friendship, faith, and some extra-special providence will make it a holiday to remember.

Fairbrook is a town tailor-made for Christmas, with beautiful old houses dotting quaintly named streets like Sugar Plum Lane and Nutcracker Court. But not everyone is eager for the holidays to arrive. Cash-strapped single mom Carly Westbrook worries about providing a merry Christmas for her boys. It doesn’t help that they’ve been having run-ins with neighbor Max Tolliver, an aspiring novelist stricken with writer’s block. Then there’s Grant Barrows, a formerly wealthy businessman whose heart seems to have shrunk along with his bank balance.

Some folks are still determined to make the season sparkle–like the Diamond Lils, a ladies’ group that meets weekly to play poker and socialize. This year, they’re looking to do some good deeds–and wealthy widow Lynette thinks that a little matchmaking between Grant and Carly would be a perfect place to start.

Yet Christmas is a season for surprises. And sometimes, the gifts we never expected turn out to be the most precious of all.


Review: I’m all about Christmas, so getting the chance to read this novel was a treat for me. It really got me in the festive mood that’s for sure! With a name like Christmas on Nutcracker Court, who WOULDN’T be ready for Christmas to come?

This is my first Judy Duarte novel but it won’t be my last! This story is filled with lots of wonderful characters and a fantastic plot line. Carly’s character is one I could truly identify with. Being a single mom of two boys myself, I know what it’s like to struggle. I could picture myself through the story AS Carly. Poor Max. He’s a crotchety old man and definitely the Scrooge of the story! Of course there are other great characters to become friends with but my heart really went out to these two characters.

The plot is, as I said fantastic. The true meaning of Christmas lies nestled deep in the heart of the story. Each page turn brings you closer to the ending of the story and to the magic of Christmas.

If you are looking for a good book to curl up with next to that roaring warm fire, why not grab a copy of this new novel by an obviously talented author. I am going to go back and check out more of her work and add them to my growing wish list. Definitely a keeper and one that I recommend highly!

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