Hello everyone! I made a decision this year to make it to as many blogger events as I can this year as I didn't make it to any last year and they are always fun and I get to see my friends and of course, hear about books! I got invited to the Scholastic event before Christmas and I knew I had to go. It was so fun and all the titles we heard about that are coming out from them this year just sound wonderful.
We also got told about a follow up to Super Awkward by Beth Garrod that is in the works! Very excited.
We also got an exciting video message from the wonderful Maggie Stiefvater!
Then we got a talk from the design and how they did the covers for The Goldfish Boy and Noah Can't Even. This was the first time we got to see the cover for Noah Can't Even and listening to them as they talked us through the process of both of these designs was very fascinating!
Then there was a talk from the editorial team and telling us about being an editor and some of the books they are editors for-also very fascinating hearing about how they acquire a book and all the ins and outs of it.
Next was the contempary panel with- Sue Wallman, Lisa Thompson, Simon James Green, Eve Ainsworth & Beth Garrod.
It was fun hearing them talk about their upcoming books and these books have some strong messages in them that I think everyone will love these books. Plus, they where all so lovely and funny!
Next was the fantasy panel with Alice Broadway, Melinda Salisbury, Hayley Barker & Lisa Lueddecke. 3 who are debut authors! All these books sound amazing and they are all so different from each other which is good. Definitely add these books to your tbr. It also got me excited for The Scarecrow Queen from Mel.
After we had a quiz. A Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them quiz. The authors came in and joined tables as when we first got there we all had our names on a sticker with a creature from Fantastic Beast and that was our team table. Our team was Demiguise and we where lucky enough to get Melinda Salisbury on our team as she knows everything about the wizarding world and thanks to her WE WON! And we won some amazing Fantastic beast book goodies. Thank you Mel ;D
Then, sadly, it was over. It was such a wonderful event and I want to thank everyone at Scholastic for a wonderful event and for Olivia for inviting me in the first place. The food was also wonderful ;) I left with a goody bag and also, loads of books. They had loads of books on the windowsill and just told us to take whatever we wanted and at first I was happy I had a big tote bag but carrying it afterwards was not fun but thank you again Scholastic for the goody bag(which included a proof of SHOWSTOPPER!) and the books.
I had to get the first three books in The Raven Cycle as I have the last one and now I am ready to binge it. I have already read The Hunger Games but these covers are just so beautiful and when they said just take them I didn't need a lot of convincing. The Sleeping Prince is one of my favourite books and my other copy is ruined so I had to get another one ;) I've been wanting to read Wintergirls and Girl<3Girl for so long and now I can't wait to get stuck in! I already have Super Awkward but, I finally got to meet Beth as we are both Beth's and we like to talk about that online so I had to get another copy and to get it signed as she's just so wonderful.
Thank you again to the wonderful people at Scholastic who absolutely spoiled us all with books and food and don't forget to add all their upcoming books to your TBR!!
2016 was a crazy good year for books and I couldn't cut my list down any shorter so, I have 16 books that I adored in 2016 and you should, if you haven't already, check them out because all these books are wonderful and amazing and ones that you will just want to re-read over and over again.
(I also cheated by putting two trilogies in this)
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
The Girl Of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss
How Hard Can Love Be? By Holly Bourne
Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman
Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Love & Other Man Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell
Hello everyone! Today I am talking about a book I cannot wait to pick up! It is the 5th book in Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series and I am so excited for it!
If you've never read these books before here are the first four.
All these books are fantastic and the 5th book is a must read for Christmas!
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms - but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College. Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course). The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.
Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.
When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. When it occurred to her that she was never going to be able to grow her own spectacular walrus moustache, she decided that Agatha Christie was the more achievable option.
She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies' College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she'd get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn't). She went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked in children's publishing. She is now a full-time writer.
Robin now lives in London with her pet bearded dragon, Watson.
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Hello everyone! Today I have a guest post from Lili Hayward and her favourites at Christmas time! Plus, a giveaway - win a copy of her book by RETWEETING my tweet!
Lili Hayward is the author of The Cat of Yule Cottage; a magical tale of land, love, friendship, the Yuletide... and one remarkable cat.
The Cat of Yule Cottage is published by Hodder, and is available in paperback for £7.99 or ebook currently for 99p.
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Favourite Christmas Book: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
I know, I know! But it’s great. Scrooge’s transition from cruel curmudgeon to reformed kind-hearted old gent is something I never get tired of. Every year, my dad likes to watch the Patrick Stewart version. It’s his favourite, even though he always ends up bursting into tears at the end (in a good way).
Honourable mention: Carol, Patricia Highsmith.
Not really a Christmas book, but the first half of the story takes place in the rush towards Christmas, and is pervaded by the odd, rules-suspended atmosphere of the holiday season. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett also, just because it’s a lot of fun.
Favourite Christmas Song: Fairytale of New York (The Pogues & Kirsty McColl)
I’m a bit of a miser when it comes to Christmas songs, gritting my teeth in shops and yelling MUTE IT MUTE IT when horrible versions of already horrible smaltzy songs are played on TV. But there’s always been a special place in my heart for this drawled, gloomy ballad.
Honourable mention: Björk’s version of Jólakötturinn:
a song about the Iceandic Yule Cat, who eats people who aren’t dressed in new clothes on the Yuletide.
Favourite Christmas Film: The Tailor of Gloucester (1992)
If I ever want to feel like a child again, all I need to do is press play on the animated version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester. I loved this a kid, and it’s still just as charming today; an Elves and the Shoemaker-type story of a poor tailor, trying to finish a coat of cherry-coloured silk in time for the Mayor’s wedding on Christmas Day in the morning. I have vivid memories of Simpkin, the tailor’s cat, tramping out into the snow in his boots to buy “a pennorth of milk, a pennorth of bread, and a pennorth of sausages.” Three words: “No more twist!” *wipes away tear*
Honourable mention: My dad wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t recommend the 1999 Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol!
A magical tale of Christmas and cats, perfect for everyone who loves A Street Cat Named Bob and Alfie the Doorstep Cat. It's nearly Christmas, and Jessamine Pike needs a serious life overhaul. Jess moves into Enysyule, a centuries-old cottage in Cornwall, and begins the process of renovating the rundown house by day and finishing her novel by night, planning to have both finished in time for the holidays. She's got good company: a beautiful, arrogant tomcat stalks around like he owns the place, and seems very skeptical of Jess' tenancy. But there's magic in the air...Local legends tell of a spirit that inhabits the area, and an ancient standing stone that keeps watch over the valley. As Christmas comes closer and closer, Jess uncovers treasures from Enysyule's past, and becomes involved in a fight for its future. For Jess has stumbled into a story that's been going on for five hundred years. A story about land, love, friendship, the Yuletide...and one remarkable cat.
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Welcome to day 9 of Christmas Month and I have this beautiful guest post from Chrissie Manby.
Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.
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This year is going to be different because it will be our family’s first Christmas without Dad and I know we’re going to miss him dreadfully. So many of my favourite Christmas memories are tied up with my father and the efforts he made to make the season special.
Dad always found the perfect gift. Sometimes in a skip. He intercepted my first ever typewriter on its way to the rubbish dump, cleaned it up, got it into full working order and presented it to me on Christmas Day with a copy of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. I learned to type over the boring bits of the Christmas holidays and credit the whirlwind typing speed that got me all the best temp jobs to that recycled gift. I also used that typewriter to write my first ever published story. As a fourteen year old obsessed with clothes and make-up, a typewriter is the last thing I would have asked for, but it was definitely what I needed.
Last year, Dad surprised me again with another Christmas gift I wouldn’t have put on my list. A real tree. I wasn’t planning to decorate my house. Didn’t seem worth the bother. Dad thought that was a miserable way to approach the festive season, so he bought me a ready-decorated tree just fifty centimetres high. About a month ago, the tree was repotted to give it room to grow. As I write this, I can look out into my tiny garden and see Dad’s last Christmas gift to me stretching its branches and I’m reminded of all the happy Christmasses we had together and the Christmasses to come. They’ll be different without Dad, for sure, but the tree reminds me that they still can and will be happy.
A wonderful, heart-warming and funny Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after...or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'? With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.
The wonderful Emily at Hodder has gave me a copy of this book to giveaway. Just go to my Twitter and RETWEET THIS TWEET to win a copy!
Today I have a fantastic giveaway for you all. The wonderful Simon&Schuster have a bundle of goodies for me to giveaway to one of you!
These are not Christmassy books but, who doesn't want to win some goodies coming up to Christmas?
You could win all of this.
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Nerve came out on DVD/blue-ray on Monday 5th and I have a copy to giveaway and not only that! I have a copy of the book by Jeanne Ryan(signed by DAVE FRANCO) her new book, Charisma and a movie poster(also signed by Dave Franco!!!)
How amazing is this bundle? This is open to the UK only and opened for 24 hours! This is one prize you do not want to miss out on!
Just RETWEET THIS TWEET and good luck!
ARE YOU A WATCHER OR A PLAYER?Film tie-in edition of 2016's hottest YA film, starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco & Juliette Lewis. Black Mirror meets Pretty Little Liars - perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly. When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. It tempts her with amazing prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and teams her up with her perfect boy: sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating - Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences...Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness - that is, until she's offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She's charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it's too late.
Hello everyone to day 6 of Christmas month!
I have a review of the newest Christmassy book from Sarah Morgan. I am a huge fan of Sarah and she sent me a copy of this book a few months back and I just loved it so much!
Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous-and mysterious-owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings...This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?
~I was sent a copy from the author - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I just love Sarah's writing. I am a huge fan of her books, especially her Christmas ones and this one was just as fantastic as the others I've read. It really put me in the Christmas spirit and it has a hint of drama, heartbreak and an author whose hit a roadblock.
Eva is asked by Lucas Blade grandmother to decorate his house for Christmas as she is worried about him. When Eva gets there she is surprised to see that Lucas hasn't gone away but is at his house and very angry with her. Lucas hasn't been himself since his wife's death. With it coming up to her anniversary and he needs to write a whole new book but has no idea what to write it about, having Eva come into his life just complicates things for him. But, they get stuck together and before they both know, Lucas starts to open up to her and before she knows it, he's writing again.
Can Christmas bring these two together and heal Lucas? Or will it just push Lucas back into his isolated self?
I just love the way Sarah writes and it was such a fantastic story. I loved the relationship between Eva and Lucas and how they are both trying with each other and how Lucas realises he can trust Eva and maybe, just maybe help him finish his novel.
A fantastic Christmassy read that I think everyone will enjoy!
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 14 million copies of her books. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.
As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.
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Hello everyone! I have the wonderful Maxine Morrey on my blog todaaay!
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens - perfect for a bookworm! As years went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition with her romantic comedy, 'Winter's Fairytale'. Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.
I’m thrilled to have been asked by the lovely Beth to take part in the Christmassy celebrations on her blog.
The question put to me for my guest post was: ‘What’s your favourite Christmas film?’
I’d narrowed my faves down a short time ago when I chose my top five but now I’m only allowed one! Eek! After a short deliberation, I came to the conclusion that my All Time Favourite Christmas Film has to be…drumroll….’Love Actually’. It doesn’t matter if it’s thirty degrees outside and not remotely near Christmas, I absolutely love it!
There are so many different aspects I enjoy about this film. Firstly, the writing is incredible. We all know Richard Curtis is an amazing screenwriting talent and it’s fascinating to watch how seamless the interactions and threads are between all the characters here. From the obvious ones (Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson’s close friendship) to the minor, and cleverly woven in ones like Rowan Atkinson’s distraction of the airport staff, followed by a conspiratorial wink at Neeson. Little touches like that are perfect!
Apart from the fantastic writing, I love all the emotions explored here. It’s not all sugar coated – there’s certainly heartbreak (the funeral scene gets me every time, as does Emma Thompson crying). There are moments of absolute mortification for Andrew Lincoln’s character that have us cringing along with him, and there are also parts that make me laugh every single time, without fail. Colin Firth’s sideways ‘lurch and fall’ manoeuvre into the lake cracks me up in its inelegance as does the line referencing a nativity play’s octopus costume - a nativity that oddly featured a very high percentage of sea creatures! But the earnest statement that ‘Eight is a lot of legs, David,’ never fails to tickle me.
Great writing, great acting and a cleverly interwoven cast of characters all tied up in a festive bow make this my truly favourite Christmas film.
Thanks so much to Beth for having me on the blog! Merry Christmas!
Christmas in the city has never been more magical!
Professional organiser Kate Stone has never - NEVER - been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O'Farrell is the most obnoxious - and heart-stoppingly gorgeous - man she has ever met. If he weren't her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.
Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home.
But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen...
Today I have the wonderful Lindsey Paley on my blog with a fantastic blog post! Give it a read and definitely answer the question at the bottom!
Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl and author of contemporary romance novels with page-turning plotlines and satisfying endings. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends and taking long walks in the countryside. Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first book in the Camille Carter series set in the beautiful Lake District and the Caribbean. The latest in the series is April Showers and Wedding Flowers and is out now.
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Winter Wonderland or Sunshine Paradise? Which would you choose?
Like lots of people I love Christmas. I love the music, the spicy aroma of mulled wine, the twinkling fairy lights on the Christmas tree and the home-made snowflake decorations. But most of all I love the food and like many people I have my favourite recipes that I bake every year - a chocolate log smothered in chocolate buttercream, flaky pastry mince pies (without the candied peel - yuk!), not to mention my Grandma’s special recipe Christmas pudding.
Readers of my novels cannot fail to have noticed that my love of baking has spilled over into my writing and that was no exception with Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes - book one in my Camille Carter series. The story follows Millie, an all-round buttercream princess, who gets caught up in the snow and becomes stranded at a culinary school in the English Lake District. The village is Christmas card-perfect, but Millie hates the snow and the cold. She plots her escape and ends up locking spatulas with hunky estate manager Fergus McKenzie when he is forced to rescue her. It’s a story of love and friendship and of reaching for the buttercream and edible glitter when life gets tough.
In order to fill in the time until she can catch a train back to civilisation, Millie rustles up a batch of Christmas Cake Muffins - a lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas cake. Of
course, I had to triple-test the recipe before the cupcakes made their debut in the story.
However, whilst I do love Christmas, I have to confess that I’m no fan of the weather in December. I’m a summer baby (my birthday is in July) which may be the reason why I prefer the sunshine; why I crave the golden sandy beaches, a warm sea fringed with palm trees and if there’s a Pina Colada going so much the better. Skiing is not something that will ever feature on my personal bucket list either.
In Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes, Millie loathes the freezing temperatures too. She loves her strappy tops, her Capri pants and sparkly sandals and that’s all she has in her suitcase when she arrives at Craiglea Manor. She is mortified when she is forced to wear a borrowed woolly jumper and an old wax jacket, complete with the aroma of dead ferret, and which make her look like her great-aunt Margery.
So, which would you choose?
Winter wonderland or sun-drenched shores? Let me know in the comments below.
When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.
The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it - she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.
She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hypothermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.
Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough.
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It is day 4 of Christmas Month and I have the wonderful Rachel on my blog today with a Q&A!!
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
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1. Can you tell me about Christmas At The Cove.
Christmas At The Cove is the fourth book in my ongoing Templeton Cove series (published by Harlequin), but all the books can be read stand-alone. This is a reunion/secret baby romance revolving around two new characters to the Cove, Carrie Jameson and Scott Walker. After a brief fling, Carrie left the Cove never to return, but after the death of her husband, she realizes just how fragile life is and the biological father of her little girl has the right to get to know her. Christmas At The Cove is an emotional, forgiving and hopeful story of righting past mistakes.
2. What are some of your favourite Christmas movies?
Every year my husband, our two teenage daughters and I come together the week before Christmas to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This is a tradition I look forward to every year. I also love The Holiday and It's A Wonderful Life.
3. Who are some of your favourite authors?
I have many but my absolute favorites are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Philippa Gregory and Jodi Picoult.
4. If you had one Christmas wish, what would it be?
To have another year of my family being happy and healthy. That is the Christmas wish I make every year.
More family for Christmas?
Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.
Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.
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