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There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped…

Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, ...

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Overview

There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped…

Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.

Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
Mallery’s second Christmas novel set in the small eastern California town of Fool’s Gold (after 2012’s A Fool’s Gold Christmas) pairs up Dr. Gabriel Boylan, an Army physician with tours of Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, and Noelle Perkins, a lawyer turned Christmas store owner who has suffered tragedies of her own. Having seen countless catastrophes—including the death of someone very close to him—Gabriel is loath to give his heart, no matter how appealing the tall blonde might be. Noelle has chosen the opposite path: she is going to live every single day to the fullest, no matter what. After being stuck in a snowstorm together, Noelle knows what she wants from Gabriel, but she’s not going to settle for anything less than mutual true love. Fans of the Fool’s Gold series will enjoy this Christmas interlude. (Oct.)
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"A sweet, heartwarming Christmas romance with engaging characters, a family-redemption arc and a winning seasonal charm that will delight." -Kirkus Reviews on A Fool's Gold Christmas

"This sweet Christmas treat is a pleasant introduction to Mallery's popular series." -Publishers Weekly on A Fool's Gold Christmas

"Mallery does her usual excellent job of giving readers a funny, warm-hearted story that is edged with cutting emotion!" -RT Book Reviews on All Summer Long

"The wildly popular and prolific Mallery can always be counted on to tell an engaging story of modern romance." -Booklist on Summer Nights

"Mallery infuses her story with eccentricity, gentle humor, and smalltown shenanigans, and readers...will enjoy the connection between Heidi and Rafe." -Publishers Weekly on Summer Days

"Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling." -Booklist

"Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling." -Booklist

"Susan Mallery is one of my favorites." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

Library Journal
10/15/2013
With dismal memories of his childhood, army medic Gabriel Boylan isn't happy about spending the holidays in quaint Fool's Gold, CA, with his family, but he's on medical leave, and when his soon-to-be-married twin brother invites him, Gabriel reluctantly accepts. The last thing he expects is to be accosted by a leggy blonde waving an umbrella or to be immediately captivated by her heart-melting smile. Yet when Noelle Perkins invades Gabriel's world with her hard-won, live-life-to-the-fullest attitude, his pessimistic views are in for an adjustment. Noelle knows exactly what's important to her. The question is: Will Gabriel finally realize what he wants, as well—and be smart and quick enough to do something about it? VERDICT Brimming with lively humor, spot-on dialog, small-town charm, and holiday cheer, this latest addition to Mallery's beloved "Fool's Gold" series picks up where Three Little Words leaves off. Highlighting the importance of family and friends, the book doesn't let the action flag until all the wedding vows are spoken. A joy-filled, Christmas treat that should please series fans. Mallery lives in Bellevue, WA.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480502284
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Fool's Gold Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Mallery
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather.
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In real life, snow was not nearly as delightful as it appeared in movies and on TV, Noelle Perkins thought as her spinning car finally came to a stop in a snowbank. She'd been driving up the side of the mountain, not making any sudden moves, when it happened. Although she wasn't exactly sure what the it was. There'd been a swoosh and a swerve and then the world twirling around her. There might have been a scream or two, but as she was alone, she wasn't going to admit to that.

She glanced around, noticing how the nose of her car was firmly planted in the wall of a surprisingly firm drift. The good news was she was pretty close to her destination. The bad news was she was going to have to figure out a way to get down the mountain when it was time to leave.

That was for later, she told herself as she turned off the engine then unfastened her seat belt. First she had a puppy to let out.

Noelle opened the door and started to stand, only to discover why her car had gone whirling around. Snow, it seemed, was slippery. Her feet started to go out from under her and she had to grab the door frame to keep from falling.

"This is so wrong," she murmured, finding her balance and carefully closing the car door. She started walking very tentatively toward the house at the end of the long driveway.

Snow had come early to Fool's Gold. There had been several inches in late October, then it had all gone away. More had fallen in early November and now this blast the following week. But it was different in town, she thought as she felt her left foot slowly sliding out from under her.

She waved her arms and managed to stay on her feet, then started forward again. In town, roads were plowed and sidewalks scraped. Someone put magical stuff down so it wasn't slippery. She never had any trouble in town.

Growing up in Florida, followed by a career move to Los Angeles, had not prepared her for a real winter, she thought as she made it to the porch. Her feet started slipping again. She lunged for the railing and managed to hang on as her lower body slipped and stretched until she was nearly parallel to the ground.

She dug her toes into the snow and ice, hoping to find some traction. At last she managed to get her legs back under her and straighten. It was like being a cartoon character, she thought grimly. Only with the possibility of breaking bones.

"This is so not what I expected," she said aloud, thinking that Felicia's request had seemed so reasonable. With everyone running around, Webster, her friend's eight-month-old puppy, had been left home alone. Could Noelle go and let him out?

Felicia had been a good friend to Noelle. When Noelle had opened her own store—The Christmas Attic—over Labor Day weekend, Felicia had been right there, helping stock the place and offering suggestions. When Noelle wanted to participate in town advertising with the other local retailers, Felicia had helped her navigate the maze that was local government regulations. When Noelle worried that she would never find a man for…well, you know, let alone love, Felicia had reassured her that it would happen. So helping with the family puppy seemed the least she could do to pay back her friend.

"I am capable," Noelle told herself as she made it up the stairs. They were surprisingly not slippery. Whatever that magic stuff was, they must use it here, she thought.

She walked to planters on the railing and felt around for the spare key. Only there wasn't one. She checked all the planters, sure that was where Felicia had told her to look.

Nothing.

Unsure what to do next, she walked to the front door and heard a soft snuffling sound. "Hey, Webster," she called. The puppy yipped excitedly.

Noelle reached for the door handle and found it turned easily. She pushed it open.

Two things happened at once. A very excited fifty-pound German shepherd puppy bounded out toward her and she saw a duffel bag in the foyer.

Noelle automatically patted the enthusiastic dog. He licked her hands and wiggled before dashing down the stairs and heading for the trees on the side to take care of business.

"It's slippery," she called after him, only to realize he had magical feet because he returned at the same hy-perspeed with which he'd left and never skidded once.

"Good boy," she said, hugging him.

Problem one solved, she thought. Which only left the mysterious duffel and the open front door.

The bag could be Carter's, she thought, picturing Gideon's thirteen-year-old son. Or it could be the proof that some evildoer had broken into the house and was, even as she stood there, ransacking the place. Either way, she had to find out.

She stepped cautiously inside, the eager dog at her side. By the front door was an umbrella stand. She grabbed the biggest, most threatening umbrella she saw and held it in her hands like a club. She was tough, she told herself. After all, she'd taken a self-defense class earlier that fall. Of course her instructor had warned them all against walking toward trouble.

"If you're in here to steal stuff, I've called the police and I'm heavily armed," she yelled as she walked through the open area of the main floor. There was a big living room and a huge kitchen. She knew there were bedrooms at each end of the house and more living space downstairs.

Webster enjoyed the game, staying at her side, his wagging tail thumping against the wall at regular intervals.

"Just walk out with your hands up and no one will get hurt," she continued.

She paused, listening. There was a sound from the hallway. She turned, umbrella poised. If necessary, she would hit the guy, then run. She was pretty sure Webster would run with her, thinking this was just more happy puppy fun.

The bathroom door opened and a guy stepped out. A tall guy wearing nothing but jeans. He had a towel in one hand and was using it to rub his just washed hair. In fact, staring at the tall, well-muscled man, Noelle would guess he'd just washed the rest of himself, too.

She paused in the middle of the hallway as several thoughts moved through her brain. First, few burglars bothered to shower while on the job. She didn't have actual working knowledge of that as fact, but was willing to assume it was true. Second, while she knew she'd never seen the man before, something about him was familiar. Third, he was really handsome, with light brown hair and dark blue eyes. And had she already mentioned the body to her brain? Because it was good, too.

They stared at each other and she remembered her list. Right. Fourth… Her gaze dropped and she swallowed. He had a nasty-looking cut on his left hand—complete with raw flesh, black thread from stitches and—

"Oh, no," she whispered as the edges of her consciousness seemed to fold in on herself. "Not blood. Anything but blood."

For someone who had been through what she had, it was pretty funny that the sight of blood made her woozy, but there it was. Life with a sense of humor. Her stomach roiled, her skin got clammy and she knew she was about an eighth of a second from crumpling to her knees. If that happened, she didn't think Webster was up to saving her.

She bent down to shorten the distance to the floor and hopefully save herself from a lasting brain injury.

Gabriel Boylan stared at the half-collapsed blonde. "This is why I hate the suburbs," he told her as he dropped his towel and moved toward her.

"Can you hear me?" he asked, speaking loudly.

She waved toward his hand. "Keep that away from me."

Her voice was weak and she seemed to be swaying. He swore under his breath, noticing even as she started to go down that she was still brandishing that ridiculous umbrella in his direction. Great. His brother had fallen for someone insane.

He grabbed the umbrella and twisted it out of her grip, then lowered her the rest of the way to the floor.

She groaned. He took in her paleness and rapid breathing and figured she was close to fainting.

The annoyed, I-really-don't-like-people side of him wanted to let it happen. At least unconscious she would be less trouble. But the doctor in him knew that wasn't the right decision. He shifted her so she was on her knees, then pushed her head down.

"Head lower than the heart," he told her. "Slow your breathing. You're fine."

"You can't know that," she managed to say.

"Want to bet?"

When it seemed like she was going to stay conscious, he returned to the bathroom and quickly wrapped his left hand. The deep cut was still tender and oozing. He was lucky—he'd been stupid to get injured in the first place, but while it was ugly, no permanent damage had been done. A good thing considering he needed his hands to make a living.

When the tape was secure, he shrugged into a clean, long-sleeved T-shirt, then walked back into the hallway.

The woman had straightened and was staring up at him. Her gaze dropped to his hand, then darted away.

"Thank you for covering up," she said, her voice low.

He assumed she meant the wound and not his chest. "You're welcome."

The puppy settled next to her, leaning heavily on her, ready for the next round of whatever it was they were playing.

"You're sensitive to blood," Gabriel said.

The woman winced. "I know. It's ridiculous. I always have been. You'd think I would get over it, but no. Oddly, I can deal with getting a shot, as long as there's no bleeding. Otherwise, I have to close my eyes." She drew in a breath, then looked at him. "Who are you?"

Gabriel frowned. "Gideon didn't tell you?"

"I haven't talked to him recently." She paused, as if trying to remember how long it had been. "I guess I've seen him in town but we haven't spoken."

Now Gabriel was confused. "You're not Felicia?"

The woman scrambled to her feet. She was a tall blonde—too skinny for his taste, but pretty enough. She wore black jeans and a ridiculous sweater decorated with tiny Santa heads. Like he'd said before—the suburbs sucked.

"No, I'm Noelle," she said. "Who are you?"

"Gabriel."

He was going to say more but her blue eyes widened. "Gideon's brother?"

He nodded, unable to figure out why someone he'd never heard of was chasing people with an umbrella in his brother's house. Not that there was an appropriate place for that sort of thing.

She smiled. Whatever else he was going to grumble about faded as her mouth curved. Because the second she smiled, he felt a whole lot better about nearly everything. His hand hurt less, he wasn't as tired and the avalanche of regret he felt at showing up in Fool's Gold reduced itself to a small rock-slide.

Talk about a trick.

The smile widened. "Oh, wow. I didn't know you were coming for sure. You're the doctor, right? Felicia mentioned she'd asked you to stay for the holidays, but I thought you'd said you couldn't make it. I'm Noelle Perkins. Felicia and I are friends. I have a store in town and I know Gideon, of course. And Carter."

The son his brother hadn't known he had, Gabriel thought. There was a situation.

"Gideon and Carter are shopping in Sacramento. Felicia got stuck in town and asked me to come and let Webster out." Her smile faded. "Oh, no. I attacked you. I'm really sorry."

"It's okay," he told her. Mostly because it was and partially because he wanted to see the smile again.

"I couldn't figure out why the door was open and the spare key wasn't where she'd said."

"Gideon told me about the key, too, and I used it."

"Of course."

The smile returned and his breathing relaxed.

She bent down and collected the umbrella. "I took a self-defense course a few weeks ago. Just a Saturday afternoon of basic stuff. My instructor would so kill me if she knew what I'd done, so if you could not say anything I'd appreciate it."

"Not a problem."

She glanced quickly at the bandage, then away. "Um, what happened to your palm?"

"I was an idiot."

"It happens to all of us."

"I should know better."

She flashed the smile again. "And the rest of us shouldn't?"

"Fair point," he told her.

She waved the umbrella. "I'll put this back." She started down the hall. "Do you want some coffee?"

"Sure."

She went into the kitchen and pulled out mugs and two small pods filled with coffee as if she knew her way around the place.

He was still having trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that his brother was engaged and had a son. Not that the two events were related. Carter's mother had died a couple of years ago. As for Felicia… Gabriel frowned as he realized he didn't know how she and his brother had met. The fact that he hadn't spoken to anyone in his family in over a year might have something to do with that.

Webster followed Noelle and looked hopeful as she collected spoons and started the coffeemaker. She eyed him.

"I'm pretty sure you've already been fed," she told the dog.

He wagged his tail.

She sighed. "You're so demanding. Fine. I'll give you a cookie."

Webster woofed at the word and followed her to the pantry, where a plastic container of bone-shaped treats sat on a shelf.

"But just one," she told him, waiting until he sat to give it to him.

He took it gently and bolted from the room.

Gabriel watched him go. "He's not much of a guard dog. He let me in without a growl."

"He's a puppy," Noelle said. "Felicia wants him to be friendly rather than aggressive. He's supposed to be Carter's dog, but she's the one who takes care of him. He's been to a few obedience classes but they don't seem to be taking."

She motioned to the large table, and he moved forward to take a seat. Noelle added the first pod and pushed the button, making sure the mug was positioned underneath.

She leaned against the counter. "So, you're here for the holidays. To be with your family. That's nice."

"I haven't seen them in a while," he admitted, trying to remember the last time he'd joined his parents and brother for Christmas. More than a decade, he thought. Fifteen years? Longer than that? Maybe it had been before he'd left for college. "Feel free to fill me in on what I've missed."

"I've never met your parents," she said cheerfully. "I know Gideon, of course. He moved here before me. It was last year. I just got here in the spring." She wrinkled her nose. "It was before the whole snow thing. I'm going to have to take some lessons or something. It's a lot more slippery than I realized. I know there's an ice element, but I didn't think it was, you know…fee." She made air quotes as she spoke the last word.

He chuckled. "You have a lot to look forward to."

"You mean aside from warmer weather?" She turned back to the coffeemaker and pulled out the mug. "How do you like it?" she asked, already moving to the refrigerator.

"Black is fine."

"That's such a guy thing."

She pulled out a container of flavored coffee creamer, then handed him his mug and returned to the counter. She obviously knew her way around the kitchen. Because of Felicia, he told himself. Women who were friends hung out a lot doing stuff like having coffee. He supposed it wasn't that different from going out and having a drink.

She stuck in a second pod, put a mug in place and hit the button.

"You know Gideon bought a couple of radio stations," she said.

He nodded.

"He does an oldies show every night. Lots of songs I've never heard of but most of them are good. Felicia runs the festivals in town. She's very organized. Carter's in school, of course." She glanced at Webster, who sat with his tail wagging. "What about you, young man? Any career plans?"

The puppy barked.

"Impressive." She glanced up at Gabriel. "Sorry. I talk to everything."

"It happens."

She got her own coffee and poured in the flavored creamer then set the container back in the refrigerator. She took a seat across from him and tilted her head.

"What else can I tell you?" she asked. "I have guilt about trying to attack you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    I have read all of the Fool's Gold books to date and I always fe

    I have read all of the Fool's Gold books to date and I always feel like I'm coming home when I read them. Love Noelle who is so strong and has overcome so much. Gabriel is such a great guy but doesn't think he deserves love. That he will never be what Noelle is looking for. She was strong enough to say what she deserved. Even if it broke her heart, she knew life was too short and that she wanted to be loved like she deserved to be loved. Always heartwarming to me that all the ladies in Fools Gold show up at the door of the person that most needs them to surround them with support (and alcohol)! We should all hope to have friends like that in our lives.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

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    Lighthearted Romance

    Christmas can be a magical time of year. At least that’s the way Noelle Perkins sees it, especially since her store – The Christmas Attic – is booming. The charming voice of narrator Tanya Eby enhances this story of family, friends, love and Christmas magic. She gives each character their own unique voice and beautifully articulates their emotions. Given a second chance at life, Noelle tackles each day with a positive outlook. She’s happy with her life just the way it is until she encounters Gabriel Boylan. The handsome Army doctor is visiting his brother in town for the holidays. Recuperating from a hand injury, Gabriel tends to look at life in a negative way. Not wanting to be around his family any more than he just has to, Gabriel goes to work for Noelle helping out in her shop. As the holiday quickly passes, the sparks fly between Noelle and Gabriel. Knowing he’s leaving soon, Noelle can’t stop falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Gabriel battles his own demons of why love would never with Noelle. CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET is another installment in author Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Romance series, but is a standalone story. New readers/listeners to the series aren’t left in the dark by references to characters from earlier stories. This is a lighthearted Christmas story blended with romance and humor for an enchanting adventure. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Loved, loved, loved, Nicole and Gabriel¿s story! What these two

    Loved, loved, loved, Nicole and Gabriel’s story!
    What these two people have gone through before finding each other is just so heartbreaking…
    And their journey together is not easy either, but you just have to cheer them on through their difficult moments!
    Can't wait to read more about the Fools Gold residents in upcoming books!
    Thank you for this great series Susan!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    I started the Christmas early extremely early with this wonderfu

    I started the Christmas early extremely early with this wonderful trip to Fool's Gold! I loved Noelle and Gabriel's story. I had never thought of the stress a doctor like Gabriel would have treating soldiers during war.  Although Noelle had fought and conquered her own demons, she approaches life with such a positive outlook that she makes the perfect partner for Gabriel.  The chemistry is undeniable from first sight and continues right until the end.  I anxiously await the next trip to Fool's Gold as well as anywhere else Mallery intends to take me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    Another cute story from Susan Mallery.Gabriel is a great guy but

    Another cute story from Susan Mallery.Gabriel is a great guy but has a lot of family problems. Noelle is a sweet girl that we know and loved in the other books, but now get her own story with love and happiness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2013

    This was a typical cute Fool's Gold story... Girl and guy meet,

    This was a typical cute Fool's Gold story... Girl and guy meet, have a friendship/relationship, girl falls in love, guy gets scared. Guy leaves, girls friends arrive with drinks, guy realizes he screwed up, comes back and they all live happily ever after. I thought it was a nice follow up to the Fool's Gold cookbook. Personally, I can't wait for the full length novels to start up again next summer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Frustrated

    This book was published in 2013 and then again in 2014. I trusted that it was new and bought it. Waste of money and a cruel way for the publisher to make a buck. Shame on you!!

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    Posted December 8, 2014

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  • Posted December 7, 2014

    What a very touching, heartwarming Christmas read. Fool¿s Gold i

    What a very touching, heartwarming Christmas read. Fool’s Gold is a place of wonder with a mayor who knows what everyone needs even if they do not themselves. It is a place of magic, love, wonderful people and wonderful places that bring you smiles from each new book.

    Noelle, the owner of The Christmas Attic she sees her glass has half full, had some hard time but lived to tell about it. She loves Christmas, goes out of her way to make those around her happy. She has wonderful friends who go out of their way to help. The one thing she longs for a family, one man who can love only her.

    Gabriel, Gideon’s twin brother one ex military and the other a doctor in the military. Garbriel has to take a break from the military when he cuts his hand. His glass is always half empty and he doesn’t know how to fill it. He had a love but he watched her die in a horrible way. He has said no to love he can’t live through losing someone close again. He comes home to Fool’s Gold to be with his brother on Christmas, his parents will be there and they do not get along. He has had some trying times in his past but nothing compared to what this town and Noelle is about to put him through. He has a lot to learn and a lot of growing to do.

    Two people from opposites trying to find their way, both are caring and loving but look at life different. Can these two find what they need most is each other? Time is running out and they still have a long way to go, many lessons to learn.

    This book like all the Fools’ Gold before is easy to fall in love with. The characters are caring and loving, they look out for their own which brings mean hours of pleasure reading. The book is full of nice clean passion that will leave you saying awww. This is a book of opposites attract and how a town comes together to bring more love into a small town. There is no wonder why people are running join the town. This little town is growing fast with its humor, caring, sharing along with its lovely cast of characters.

    They is no doubt this author knows how to draw her reads into her wonderful writing style as she takes you through the paces of another day in Fool’s Gold. Her writing is easy to follow as she gives you wonderful tales with heartwarming stories as she makes you feel the pain, lost and wants of her characters. If you haven’t taken the ride on the series of Fool’s Gold I strong recommend you start with book one and work your way through these wonderful stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Sweet Fools Gold Story

    As usual Ms. Mallery tells a beautiful story, this one between Thanksgiving and Christmas... I love the way she weaves all of the characters from prior books into the ongoing story.. Kinda like real life... But, although this one has a current release date I would swear that I have read this story before???? Since I am an avid reader and since I read all of Ms. Mallery's books I can't help but wonder if this was previously published... Still I enjoyed it very much...

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    With every one of these stories that I read I fall further and f

    With every one of these stories that I read I fall further and further in love with Susan Mallery & Fool’s Gold.  Mallery’s intricately crafted storyline along with her fantastically captivating storytelling will keep you hooked for the long run.  I read this novel in little more than a single sitting.  The breathtaking yet down to earth descriptions paint a fantastic picture of this loveable town while her inviting narrative draws you further in.  

    And if the story itself wasn’t enough, the characters are absolutely fantastic.  Both of the main characters have such intense histories that shaped them and their beliefs.  This doesn’t make me pity them, but rather allows you to identify with them and make you love them all the more.  They are also well developed, well rounded individuals who are genuinely good people.  It was such a fantastic feeling to see them coming together.  Having them surrounded the other residents of Fool’s Gold just made the story all the more real.  The sense of community and family that pervades the story is astounding.    And I mean really…  What’s Fool’s Gold without meddling Mayor Marsha, or Eddie and Gladys?

    As a whole, this was a fantastic novel that really kept me captivated, both emotionally and intellectually.  It was a fantastic addition to the series, or something easily read as a standalone, and will most definitely become dog-eared in short order.

    And for a little something special today…  A secret hidden review for Yours for Christmas, the lovely Fool’s Gold novella at the end of the reissue of Christmas on 4th street.

    A bit of a disclaimer before I start this review.  I’ve been dying for this story since Bailey and Kenny first met.  The chemistry and actual caring between the two has been building for the last few novels in the series.  That said, this one can easily be read as a brilliant standalone that brings out the Christmas spirit as well as the best in all of us.  Mallery’s usual well written, easy to love writing style shines through this unique and remarkable story.  

    The characters are fantastic.  I fell in love with them all over again in this one.  As much as I loved Kenny walking into this one, knowing his full story makes me love him all the more.  Bailey’s strength and heart shine through, creating a captivating individual that you can’t help but love.  Even in this shorter page count her characters shine through with remarkable clarity and individuality.  This doesn’t stop with the main characters, the supporting cast shines as well.  The feeling of love between them all is simply amazing.

    This is definitely one that will bring out the Christmas spirit in all of us.  It was a fantastic, quick read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    With every one of these stories that I read I fall further and f

    With every one of these stories that I read I fall further and further in love with Susan Mallery & Fool’s Gold.  Mallery’s intricately crafted storyline along with her fantastically captivating storytelling will keep you hooked for the long run.  I read this novel in little more than a single sitting.  The breathtaking yet down to earth descriptions paint a fantastic picture of this loveable town while her inviting narrative draws you further in.  

    And if the story itself wasn’t enough, the characters are absolutely fantastic.  Both of the main characters have such intense histories that shaped them and their beliefs.  This doesn’t make me pity them, but rather allows you to identify with them and make you love them all the more.  They are also well developed, well rounded individuals who are genuinely good people.  It was such a fantastic feeling to see them coming together.  Having them surrounded the other residents of Fool’s Gold just made the story all the more real.  The sense of community and family that pervades the story is astounding.    And I mean really…  What’s Fool’s Gold without meddling Mayor Marsha, or Eddie and Gladys?

    As a whole, this was a fantastic novel that really kept me captivated, both emotionally and intellectually.  It was a fantastic addition to the series, or something easily read as a standalone, and will most definitely become dog-eared in short order.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

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    Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by NetGalley for review Review

    Reviewed by Aubrey
    Book provided by NetGalley for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Another awesome read by Susan Mallery, I have been waiting to find out Noelle’s story from when she was first introduced. There had to be some reason why she left the security of a good job and where she had lived for many years to move to Fool’s Gold with the idea of opening up a Christmas store. Mallery does an awesome job at bringing too seemingly opposite people together. Gabriel is resting and trying to figure out what to do with his career and Noelle is wanting to put down roots and get married.

    The story is very adorable and just what I needed to be put into the Christmas spirit. I wish I lived in a town like Fool’s Gold that goes all out for Christmas. There is a sense of fellowship and camaraderie that we don’t often see today.

    Gabriel had a lot of resentments that he had to work out and come to terms with. He was a very complex character that was still trying to please his father with his career choice. It was interesting to see the complex feelings and change that Gabriel went through over the course of the book. It made him a lot more likable and endearing. His whole world changed in the matter of weeks. I think it would take anyone some time to adjust and get his head into the changes.

    I loved the ending the best and how it was a complete surprise to the guests except those involved. I’m slightly jealous of the love story that transpires between Noelle and Gabriel. I do look forward to reading about the love stories of the three football players that are coming to town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    BAR

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    Looking for another bartender

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

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    Posted April 27, 2014

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    Posted April 28, 2014

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

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    I love that Susan Mallery has come so far in her Fool's Gold ser

    I love that Susan Mallery has come so far in her Fool's Gold series and I still love each and every book! This charming and wholesome town has yet to burn me out, and I don't foresee it happening either. With Christmas on 4th Street we have to newcomers to the Foll's Gold Family. Noelle and Gabriel (apt names for Christmas :)) are simply two people who found each other at the right time. I think their journeys and trials made them tough enough to withstand the deep love and devotion they would find with one another. 

    Gabriel is a scorned man. Noelle is a hopeful woman. Together I think they make the perfect couple that could teach each other things no one else could. The great thing about their relationship is that, while the romance was lovely and I loved it, these two didn't *need* the sexual aspect of it in order to be the best of friends. Their friendship is really what did me in. That was the root of their healing and romantic relationship. 

    Overall, this is a very touching Christmas story. It's certainly up to par with the previous books in the Fool's Gold series and you can bet I will definitely be picking up the next :)

    Happy Reading!

    *ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Skykit and Pinekit

    The two kits peeked out from a bush,"Do you think they'll let us join, Pinekit?" Skykit squeaked to her brother. Pinekit flicked his stubby tail,"I don't know!" Skykit rolled her eyes,"Ask them, then," "No, you!" "No you!" "No! You!" Skykit was shoved into the clearing by Pinekit. She looked up,"Hello-" ~Sk&gamma & Pin&epsilon

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